Lawsuit Filed Against Alleged DUI Driver After Collision Left Four Uber Passengers in Critical Condition
– New Year’s Day car accident left one Uber passenger in a coma and critically injured three other Uber passengers –
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles-based trial law firms McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP and Rome & Associates have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Eugene Efuni against an alleged DUI driver, the owner of the car driven by the DUI driver and an Uber driver after a New Year’s Day collision left Efuni in a coma and critically injured three other Uber passengers. The lawsuit alleges that Efuni and the three other passengers were riding in an Uber when their vehicle was broadsided by an SUV that appears to have been speeding and ran a stop sign. The lawsuit also alleges that the Uber driver’s conduct in operating the vehicle is also an important area of inquiry.
“Although Mr. Forno, the driver of the SUV, was allegedly driving under the influence, both drivers had a duty to exercise reasonable care in operating their vehicles – so both must be closely examined,” said Partner Matthew McNicholas. “This is an especially important issue because of the explosion of ride hailing services. When someone uses an app to get a ride through a ride service, such as using Uber, they’re putting their life in the hands of another driver and trusting that the driver is responsible and operating the vehicle safely.”
On January 1, 2018, Michael Forno, the driver of a Mercedes SUV, ran a stop sign and collided with a Prius. Forno was believed to be intoxicated at the time of the accident and attempted to flee the scene, but was stopped by witnesses and detained until the police arrived. The driver of the Prius, Abdullah Saleh, was working for Uber at the time of the accident and had four passengers in the car, including Efuni.
Six people were hospitalized, with Efuni and the three other Uber passengers in critical condition. Efuni suffered severe and life-changing injuries, including a severe hematoma, fractured shoulder, fractured right wrist, partial paralysis involving the left side of his body, internal injuries, whiplash, bruising, multiple contusions to the head and body, and a traumatic brain injury that has presently left him in a coma.