A Fox Island, Washington woman is suing Uber, alleging tensions between their rideshare drivers and taxi drivers in the Cabo San Lucas area of Mexico led to a crash that injured her.
Jennifer Shomer, 55, and a friend were traveling between resorts in February 2019 when the crash happened. The lawsuit was filed on December 30, 2020 in Pierce County Superior Court.
According to the lawsuit, a conflict between Uber drivers and taxi drivers in the Cabo San Lucas area resulted in physical confrontations between the two parties, with local taxi drivers confronting Uber drivers. Uber allegedly knew about the problem but failed to warn U.S. customers.
When Shomer and her friend ordered an Uber, the driver would not meet them at the front doors of the resort. Instead, they had to carry their luggage to the road outside of the resort property. Shomer initially believed the resort would not allow Uber drivers on the property, but she later discovered it was because local taxi drivers blocked the entrance to the resort.
When the two neared their Uber driver, they noticed a dispute between the driver and a local taxi driver. The dispute, however, did not stop there. As the Uber driver began to drive away the taxi driver followed, and the two vehicles engaged in a dangerous game of chicken. Instead of slowing down, the Uber sped up and was pushed onto the highway and T-boned by oncoming traffic going high speeds.
Shomer’s injuries resulted in extensive medical bills and permanent impairment. In an email from Shomer’s attorney, Spencer Freeman, he stated: “I won’t get too much into the extent of her injuries, but I will tell you that the Uber car was T-boned by a car traveling about 55 mph. It was a severe impact that knocked out two of the three occupants of the Uber car. … I can tell you that had Ms. Shomer had known that the existence/presence of Uber in Cabo was causing confrontations with the taxi service, she never would have used her Uber App to get a ride.”
While Uber has declined to comment on the matter, a spokesperson from the company noted that Uber rides in Mexico are insured.
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