Operating as an Uber “partner,” a private taxi driver is being sued by a San Francisco woman who was severely injured by a fire hydrant geyser, according to a lawsuit filed in the California Superior Court in San Francisco. Uber is a mobile-application-based company that connects customers with luxury vehicle drivers.
The plaintiff, Claire Farhbach, was a bystander in the incident. According to the lawsuit, Farhbach was walking down the street when Uber driver Djamol Gafurov’s black town car collided with another car, and one of the cars hit a fire hydrant. The fire hydrant geyser hit Farhbach and caused body lacerations, a fracture in her lower leg and multiple herniated discs, according to the lawsuit.
Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued new regulations for transportation network companies like Uber. According to the CPUC proposal, these network companies need to maintain liability insurance policies that provide a minimum of $1 million per incident.
According to Uber’s legal terms, Uber drivers are not employees of the car-sharing company.
However, Gafurov isn’t employed by a limo company. He is self-employed and registered with the CPUC as the “Limo Car Service Corporation.”
The San Francisco Airport Commission and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency issued statements to the California Public Utilities Commission asserting that transportation network companies such as Uber “have a negative effect on public safety because of a lack of regulatory oversight.”