Faith, Ledyard & Faith, PLC
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION: To protect your safety and the safety of our staff, in response to the threat of COVID-19, we are offering the option to connect with us via telephone, email and video-conferencing. Our staff are fully operational. Please call or email us to discuss your options.
A Full-Service Law Firm Serving the West Valley and Greater Phoenix for More Than 40 Years
PA Image
Real Estate Law
PA Image
Personal Injury
PA Image
Civil Litigation
Construction Law
PA Image
PA Image
Employment Law
PA Image
Estate Planning
PA Image
Debt Collection
PA Image
Government Law
PA Image
Criminal Defense
PA Image
Business And
Commercial Law
PA Image
En Español

Uber driver in self-driving car was watching videos before crash

| Jun 29, 2018 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Arizona police have concluded that the woman at the helm of a self-driving Uber vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian was watching the television series, The Voice, on her smartphone when the accident happened. According to authorities, the fatal accident could have been avoided if the driver had been paying attention to the road as she was supposed to be.

Police allege that the woman had been streaming the popular television program for 43 minutes prior to the fatal accident. A woman was crossing a dark section of roadway, and she was not in a pedestrian crossing zone, at the time the collision occurred on March 18 earlier this year.

According to video camera footage from inside the car, the woman looked down 204 times while she was traveling approximately 1 mile. She looked up approximately a half-second before striking the woman while riding about 50 mph.

In the driver’s own words, the pedestrian came out of nowhere, but police allege that if the driver had been watching the road instead of her smartphone, she would have been able to stop approximately 12 meters prior to hitting the pedestrian.

According to some legal analysts, both the woman behind the wheel and Uber will likely be civilly liable for damages that occurred in this case. It’s also possible that the woman could face criminal charges. Automatically driven vehicles certainly bring unique questions to mind when it comes to accidents, fault and liability. As this technology becomes more ubiquitous in society, we may find ourselves asking a lot more questions concerning driver liability in self-driving car crashes.

Lead Counsel Rated LC
Certified specialist | State bar of Arizona | Real Estate | Law Specialist
Distinguished AV | Peer Review Rated | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | For Ethical Standards & Legal Ability
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent peer rated for highest level of professional Excellence 2020
Expertise Best Real Estate Layers in Phoenix 2020


FindLaw Network

Stay Connected With Us