A high-profile deadly taxi accident in New York claimed the life of a young golf pro and left his girlfriend in the hospital. The accident that killed 27-year old Wesley Mensing involved the popular service – Uber. Uber is a digital service that allows New Yorkers to call from an app on their smartphones or other mobile devices.
The driver involved in this fatal accident in New York was operating a Mercedes SUV when he struck both the victim and his female companion while they were crossing the street on the Upper East Side. Eyewitnesses say the pair was trapped under the vehicle and several individuals actually stepped in and lifted the vehicle off them.
Messing was declared dead at the scene. His girlfriend was taken to a nearby hospital and listed in stable condition. She is expected to recover.
According to Uber’s records, the driver (Aliou Diallo) had completed over 1,300 trips for the car service and had always received good reviews from his passengers. Critics say that the number of car accidents in New York will definitely increase if services like Uber aren’t properly regulated like traditional taxi services. By opening up the roadways to unregulated drivers, Uber and other car services like it make it difficult to police accidents and keep accurate records. On the other hand, Uber’s supporters say that the service is no different than ride-sharing or even carpooling. Regardless of the legal and ethical battle surrounding the service, Diallo will likely be held responsible for Mensing’s death and the injuries suffered by his surviving girlfriend.
If you or a loved one has been injured by any taxi or car service in NYC-whether you were a passenger or a pedestrian-contact a qualified New York City taxi accident attorney to safeguard your rights and begin the process of recouping the financial damages to which you’re entitled. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122 to learn your rights.