On November 5, 2018, Jessica Christie was riding her motorcycle westbound on Broadway. She was heading to the café where she worked as a barista. Unfortunately, she never made it there.
An Uber driver, Roberto Carlos Blando Martinez was ahead of her in traffic. When he received a new fare alert, he made a U-turn from the curb. He didn’t see Christie, but she slammed into Martinez’s Civic. She was thrown off her motorcycle and sustained injuries that killed her an hour later. Her family has not brought a lawsuit against Martinez and Uber.
At Allegiance Law, we cannot imagine the pain Christie’s family is going through. We know that the roadways are unpredictable and especially dangerous for motorcyclists. If you need a San Francisco motorcycle accident attorney, you can count on us to be by your side, fighting to secure the compensation you deserve.
Since the crash, prosecutors have charged Martinez with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and Christie’s parents have sued him and Uber for wrongful death.
“He made an illegal U-turn responding to a call for service,” said the attorney representing the parents. This case will likely take a while to play out as it consists of both a criminal and a civil one. In this case, Martinez appears to have admitted to police that he made an illegal turn.
In California, we know that so many car crashes happen due to driver negligence. For the latest reporting year, there were over 278,000 total vehicle crash injuries according to the state Office of Traffic Safety.
We do not have good numbers for how many crashes are caused by ridesharing drivers, though we expect that number to increase as companies like Uber and Lyft expand into food delivery and medical transportation.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Allegiance Law, our qualified and experienced team understands the complexities of these cases and will work tirelessly on your behalf. We want to make sure you get compensation for the following: