The crash that killed a bike ridehail service in California, which was captured on video and has become a rallying cry for tech companies, has left some wondering if ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft can recover.
Uber has been the target of multiple lawsuits filed by ride-sharing companies and some ride-service owners.
In one of the cases, Lyft was sued by a driver who claimed he was threatened with a lawsuit by Uber when he attempted to pay his fare for an UberX ride.
The case is pending.
Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, has said he plans to fight the lawsuits in court.
“Our goal is to resolve these cases, but we’re not going to settle.
We’re not getting to a point where we can settle these lawsuits,” Kalanicky said at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.
Kalanick also said that if Uber had a hard time recouping lost revenue in the case, it could also face other legal actions.
The video, which surfaced on Tuesday, shows a black Mercedes-Benz SUV speeding through a crowded intersection on Interstate 880, which has a speed limit of 65 mph.
The video shows the driver, who was wearing a helmet, pull into a nearby gas station.
While Uber’s insurance does cover some of the damage caused by the crash, Uber said in a statement that its drivers and employees will not be covered for any damages.
“The crash and ensuing video that has sparked so much controversy is a tragedy for all involved and we have taken steps to ensure that Uber is fully insured,” the statement said.
Read moreThe Uber driver, James R. Pugh, posted the video to his Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon, saying he was waiting for a friend to come pick him up from the airport when he was struck by a car.
Pigh tweeted a photo of himself in his helmet and an SUV.
The driver is not wearing a seat belt and appears to be walking, Pigh wrote.
As of Wednesday morning, Pugh had not posted a comment on the video.
Pugh said he saw the video on Twitter and was appalled by what he saw.
“What’s wrong with these people?
What’s wrong in this world?” he said.
“I don’t think they can handle a human being who can’t get around a little.
That’s just a sick world.”
In the video, Pough can be heard saying: “What the hell is wrong with them?
Why would you even want to hit them?”
Pugh is shown wearing a yellow and white helmet, which appears to have been a combination of a safety vest and a safety belt.
Pough’s helmet is yellow, with a reflective design and a blue light on it, and the light on his vest appears to flash yellow.
The helmet has no reflective markings, and Pugh’s hands appear to be touching the sides of the helmet, with his feet touching the floor.
The Mercedes-Benzes SUV appears to pass in front of Pugh as he approaches the intersection.
Puck also appears to not see the SUV.
After the crash occurs, Paugh and the other driver who was riding in the SUV can be seen talking on their phones.
Later in the video they can be clearly heard talking to each other, and one of them can be identified by his voice as having a large bruise on his left temple.
In a statement to Recode, Uber defended its driver and said that its policies and procedures allow for a wide variety of insurance coverage.
“Uber is committed to being the safest and most transparent ride-share company on the planet,” the company said.
“We will vigorously defend any claim we are subject to.
Our driver was not wearing seat belts and did not have a helmet.
We will also be working with law enforcement to investigate.”Read more