The crazy economic times we currently live in, many have entered the “gig” economy, like through Uber, DoorDash, etc. While these services offer gig workers the flexibility to work when they want, they also bring with it new potential issues, like tort claims. Essentially, a tort claim is any wrongful act that could lead to civil liability, like a negligent driver or, like a recent incident, a carjacking that led to a death.
According to the Washington, D.C., Metro Police Department, an UberEats driver was working when two juveniles, aged 13 and 15, attempted to steal the 66-year-old immigrant’s vehicle, while he was driving. The incident occurred earlier in the month in Southeast Washington. Unfortunately, a struggle ensued and the car careened forward, flipping on its side, throwing the man and killing him.
The criminal justice system
For many intentional torts, like this incident, the criminal justice system is involved. Here, the two teenage girls face a charge of armed carjacking. As a result, they may face stiffer charges, lengthy jail sentences and even substantial fines.
The civil justice system
Some of these fines and monetary punishments that result from the criminal justice system may flow to the victim and his family. However, for families to get fully compensated for the tortious (wrongful) acts of others, they will have to sue the perpetrators through the civil justice system. And, as is the case here, when juveniles are involved, that liability may flow to the parents as well.
The criminal justice system seeks to get justice for the victims of crimes, but full compensation is gained through the civil justice system through either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Though, the first step in this process is contacting a Washington, D.C., attorney.