"An Uber driver ran over my foot. Now what?"
Updated: Oct 22, 2020
Aside from the number of assaults and rapes reported by Uber itself, one of the most reported injuries to Uber passengers and pedestrians, according to data from the California Public Utilities Commission, the agency that regulates Uber in California, is an Uber driver running over a passenger or pedestrian's foot or feet.
It happens so often that Uber and the Commission term it being "rolled over." Often the reason it happens is because the Uber driver received no safety training about "rolling over" a passenger or pedestrian's foot or feet or was simply careless, distracted, or in a rush to get to his or her next fare.
Out of 206 bones present in the human body, 28 bones are located in the human foot alone. Apart from these 28 bones, 33 joints, muscles, ligaments, and about 100 foot tendons make the foot.
Given the complex and delicate architecture of the foot, anyone who has ever injured their foot quickly realizes that a hurt or injured foot can be incredibly debilitating and immobilizing, temporarily turning your life upside down. The things we all take for granted such as walking to the refrigerator to get something to eat, to your nightstand to take your prescription medicine, or to the bathroom to do your business can be a real challenge.
If you are older or have other chronic health issues, such as diabetes, a blow to your foot can be even more crippling and take an especially long time to recover from. Immediate and continued medical care and treatment through maximum medical improvement is imperative.
Liability for this type of injury (i.e., a "rolled over" foot) is clear: While an Uber passenger should use ordinary care when exiting an Uber vehicle, an Uber driver must exercise even greater care. See Cucinella v Weston Biscuit Co. (1954) 42 C2d 71, 80; Arentz v Blackshere (1967) 248 CA2d 638, 640; Rubalcaba v Sweeney (1959) 168 CA2d 1, 5. Why have the courts construed the law this way? Because an Uber driver, driving a multi-thousand pound vehicle, possesses far greater capacity for causing injury to an Uber passenger (or to a pedestrian) than the other way around.
If you or a loved one have suffered a foot injury due to an Uber driver running over your foot or feet, contact us at (949) 482-1850 for a free, immediate evaluation of your claim against Uber. Uber may be a Fortune 500, multi-billion conglomerate, but you do not have to stand up to Uber alone.