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Texas woman sued Uber over 2015 accident

A 25-year-old Texas woman who was left paralyzed from the mid-chest down after a November 2015 rollover crash has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the Honda Odyssey involved, the vehicle's owner, the Honda Motor Company and the ride-sharing service Uber. The police investigation into the accident discovered that the 39-year-old man behind the wheel of the Honda minivan had a criminal record that included drug and gambling charges, and the woman says that he ran a red light before crashing and should not have been hired by Uber.

The woman and a friend decided to call for an Uber vehicle after enjoying a night out in Dallas on Nov. 14, 2015. Police determined that the Uber driver had ignored a red light immediately before striking a pickup truck and rolling over, but they blamed the accident on the man behind the wheel of the pickup truck. He was subsequently charged with causing an accident that resulted in serious injuries. No other charges were filed in connection with the crash.

The woman is taking action against Honda because she suffered debilitating injuries even though she was wearing her seat belt at the time of the car accident. The woman's attorney says that her client is struggling to come to terms with her injuries and has made impressive strides during two years of intensive physical therapy. However, she is still only able to walk with the assistance of sophisticated equipment at a Fort Worth neurological center.

Experienced personal injury attorneys may study police reports before filing lawsuits on behalf of car accident victims, and a civil action may have merit even when no criminal charges are filed against the negligent motorists responsible. Prosecutors must prove their cases beyond any reasonable doubt in order to secure a conviction, but the plaintiffs in civil lawsuits are only required to establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence.

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