Family of Toronto Man Killed in Uber Accident Pushing for Tougher Regulations
TORONTO, ONTARIO – August 28, 2018 (thestar.com) The family members of a man killed this year in a Toronto Uber accident are calling on the city to pass tougher regulations for ridesharing companies. The story is reported online at thestar.com.*
On March 21, 28-year-old Nicholas Cameron and his girlfriend were riding in an Uber on their way to the airport for a vacation in Mexico. Their Uber driver, 23-year-old Abdihared Bishar Mussa, pulled his 2012 Hyundai Sonata onto the shoulder of the Gardiner Expressway, near Royal York Road in Toronto, to remount his cellphone onto his dash after it had fallen. Mussa then attempted to slowly merge back onto the roadway, when a BMW slammed into the back of the Hyundai.
Cameron was transported to a nearby hospital with critical injuries and tragically died the following day. Cameron’s girlfriend and the driver of the BMW sustained minor injuries. Mussa, who had just moved to Toronto and had only been driving for Uber for four days, was not injured in the accident.
Cameron’s family says the crash could have been prevented if stricter rules were in place for ridesharing companies like Uber. In 2016, Toronto passed vehicle-for-hire reforms that eliminated a 17-day mandatory driver training program, loosened vehicle standards, and largely allowed Private Transportation Companies (including Uber) to regulate themselves. In June, Cameron’s family appeared before the city’s municipal licensing and standards committee and encouraged the committee to review the vehicle-for-hire regulations.
“People should just be aware that when you call an Uber, the chances are, most Uber drivers are conscientious, but you just don’t know,” said Cameron’s brother Patrick. “There’s no guarantee, and we’re not saying taxis don’t have their own safety problems. We’re not trying to make this some scare story about Uber.”
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