Taco Bell recently landed in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit involving an Uber driver. The driver’s evidence includes dashboard footage of him being severely beaten while at Taco Bell. Although Taco Bell isn’t directly involved in the case, one of their employees is.
The case cost Benjamin Allen Golden, a Taco Bell marketing executive, to be relieved of his position. Golden has a released a statement that his attorney, Courtney Pilchman, conveyed to the public. According to Ms. Pilchman, Golden has, “reached out to (victim Edward Caban’s attorney) to meet privately with his client so my client would have an opportunity to apologize in person. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s willing to accept that.”
Golden also reports that he is seeking counseling to help him manage his temper, though he doesn’t fully remember the events of the altercation. He does fully accept the blame for his actions.
The 23 year old Uber driver, Edward Caban, has been severely traumatized by the ordeal. According to his attorney, the young man has developed the habit of keeping a shotgun in close reach and has also struggled to sleep. His attorney reported, “This is basically a nightmare for him. He’s having a very, very tough time sleeping. As of yesterday I don’t think he’s slept at all. He’s still got fear. He’s fearful this guy will come after him. That may seem odd to you and I, but he’s never been in any sort of altercation of any kind.”
The interesting thing about the case was that Caban had the camera installed in his car after he’d been told about other customers having problems with orders and refunds. Many other Uber drivers have begun to do the same thing.
Golden does have a history of drinking problems, including a past arrest for drunk driving. Since than he reports he no longer drinks heavily, and that when he does drink, he makes an effort to be responsible, including finding someone else to drive him home.
Golden is now facing misdemeanor counts of assault, battery on a public transit employee resulting in injury, and assault on public transportation property. If the court finds him guilty, he could spend a year in jail and be responsible for a $10,000 fine.
In this case, the Uber driver handled the situation perfectly. He had his unit set up to gather evidence of crime and he also had the presence of mind when he was attacked to turn the camera so it recorded the assault. With this type of evidence, he should have no trouble mounting a personal injury case against Golden, a case that could result in a nice settlement.
Studies indicate that 31% of assaults that result in personal injury are triggered by alcohol. On college campuses this number is even higher, with alcohol playing a key role in 95% of violent crimes, most of which are violent assault or sexual assault.
If you are involved in a similar situation, it’s in your best interest to contact a New York personal injury lawyer and have them look over the details of your case. By retaining a New York person injury lawyer, you can insure that the assailant faces the stiffest penalty for their crimes. If your case is even half as strong as this poor Uber driver, there is every reason to believe that your New York personal injury lawyer will advise you to go forward with a lawsuit.