Young woman dies when Uber gets hit, catches on fire
Tragic news out of Illinois, as a young woman recently died while she was out celebrating her birthday. She was in a rideshare vehicle being driven for Uber when it was involved in an accident.
The woman was in a Hyundai sedan, riding in the back seat. They were driving down the Stevenson Expressway, going south. An Infiniti sedan was driving the same way, behind the Hyundai, and it rear-ended the other car.
Two other people were riding in the car with the woman, along with the driver. Though the driver and those other passengers climbed out of the car, reports indicate that the young woman was "unable to get out." They do not say exactly how she was trapped, but she was.
That's when the Hyundai caught on fire. Soon, the entire vehicle was completely engulfed in the flames. Emergency crews did respond and took the other three in for medical treatment, but they could not save the young woman. She passed away at the accident scene.
Uber did put out a brief statement as the investigation began, saying:
"Our hearts go out to the victim's family and everyone impacted by this terrible incident. We stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation."
Losing a loved one like this is one of the most difficult things that a family can go through, especially when it was supposed to be a fun celebration of a milestone in that person's life. Though nothing can erase the pain they feel, family members should know if they have a right to financial compensation to avoid the added stress of funeral costs and similar expenses.