BOSTON (CBS) – An Uber passenger who was paralyzed in an accident last year is now suing the company in the hopes his experience will also help ride-hailing companies more surveillance.
Will Good, 31, who has spent nine months adjusting to life as a quadriplegic, said: “It’s not the moment you notice anything, it’s a progressive discovery about battles. New war is coming.
Early in the morning of April 30, 2021, he remembered the speed at which his car was traveling.
“We’re moving, I’ll be home soon,” said Good.
Good took an Uber home to his Somerville home after leaving a 14-hour shift as a chef at a Boston restaurant. Just blocks from his destination, the Uber driver crashed into a parked vehicle on Highland Ave.
Good was thrown in the head and broke his neck.
Good said: “There was a hammock, an accident and I couldn’t move so I thought I was crushed.
He’s now suing Uber in a $63 million lawsuit that says the company doesn’t screen or monitor drivers appropriately. In this case, Jonas Yohou, with a long record of moving violations, said he shouldn’t have gotten behind the wheel in the first place.
“I use the app, I had a ride through Uber. I didn’t go through Jonas, I hitched an Uber,” said Good.
The company would not comment on the lawsuit, but insisted the drivers were independent contractors and that they could not be held responsible for their actions.
Good’s attorney, Victoria Santoro Mair, said: “Uber wants to entice passengers to board and charge them when they get off, but they don’t want to be responsible for the safety of their passengers.
What Will Good wants is accountability and the use of his voice as he struggles every day with the ability to move his arms, not his legs.
Good says: “Every little thing from my eyelashes, to scratching my ears, the little things that you take for granted.
He hopes to have a jury trial to decide his case.
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2022/01/26/uber-lawsuit-william-good-crash/ Somerville man paralyzed after violent car crash sues Uber for $63 million – CBS Boston