Jimena Martinez suffered significant injuries in a June 29th, 2017 Uber car accident in El Paso, and she wants the ride-sharing company to pay. According to a lawsuit filed less than a year later, since the time of the accident she has incurred medical bills of well over $80,000, including for shoulder surgery that she was forced to have after physical therapy failed to return her to normal.
The Uber car accident occurred on the 3600 block of Paisano Drive, when Ms. Martinez’ Uber driver Ricardo Melendez “disregarded a red light” at an intersection. His vehicle was struck by a Jeep Wrangler that had the green light. Ms. Martinez was seated in the back seat of the vehicle when it was T-boned, and suffered multiple injuries including “severe bodily injuries, including closed head trauma, a scalp contusion, abrasions, bruises, and a joint separation of the right shoulder, which required surgical repair,” the lawsuit states.
Uber Car Accident Blamed on Driver Distraction
The lawsuit was filed after the injured that Martinez suffered following the Uber car accident required surgery by an orthopedic surgeon to repair a separation of her right shoulder. The injury brought her life to a stop, forcing her to drop out of college for a year and to stop working at her retail job. The lawsuit claims that at the time of the incident the El Paso Police Department report indicated that the “only contributing factor as Defendant Melendez’s ‘driver inattention.’”
Though the suit is also seeking damages from the driver, the main thrust of the claim indicates that the Uber car accident is a result of the ride sharing company “failing to exercise reasonable care to avoid a foreseeable risk of injury” and failing to use “ordinary care in the hiring” of Melendez, as well as claiming that the company “failed to adopt, implement and enforce safety policies.” Many safety advocates argue that the company’s reliance on its app forces drivers to be distracted by maps and notifications.