Rideshare Accidents | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog - Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
The world was shocked in 2018 when an Uber self-driving test vehicle hit and killed a woman, Elaine Herzberg, who was crossing the street walking her bicycle. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) has reviewed the facts in the accident and recently revealed the discovery that the Uber software had innate flaws, which resulted in the untimely death of Ms. Herzberg.
No matter what time you land at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), you can slide your phone off airplane mode and order an Uber or Lyft 24/7! Since PHX has a dedicated holding area for rideshare drivers, it should be a quick, painless way to head to your final destination, be it your winter home or the house of a friend or family member.
If you’re flying into or out of Phoenix this summer, be sure to brush up on your rideshare rules.
The news media has been abuzz since a self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, last weekend. While it is not the first accident or fatality involving a self-driving vehicle, it is the first to result in the death of a pedestrian.
There’s a lot of new technology on Arizona’s roadways, including self-driving vehicles. Arizona doesn’t have any rules or regulations regarding these types of vehicles, making it an attractive place for big tech companies to test them. But sometimes the testing doesn’t go as planned, as demonstrated in the fatal accident this weekend in Tempe that killed a pedestrian.
Lyft is a ridesharing transportation company that helps connect people wanting to go somewhere with a driver who owns a car. Lyft drivers choose their own hours and keep all their tips.
Passengers use Lyft because it is a convenient and cost-effective way to get around town without having to have their own car. It’s like calling a cab, but may be available in more areas and offer faster service, in some instances.
Uber is available in most cities across Arizona, especially in busier cities like Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson. In fact, Uber rolled out its self-driving car in Tempe, and that’s also where one of those cars got into an accident — near Apache and Terrace close to Arizona State University — in early 2017. While the self-driving car wasn’t to blame (it had the right of way), accidents do happen and passengers could be involved in accidents whether the car has a driver or not. If you use Uber and are the victim of an accident, it’s good to know you have a team on your side to help you.
One of the biggest destinations for taxi passengers in the Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe areas is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Few people like to pay to park for long periods at the airport, and asking friends for rides isn’t always a reliable method of transportation. Hiring a taxi means you can set up a pick-up time and hopefully arrive on time without any incidents.
The future is here: self-driving cars are out on the streets and growing in number. Perhaps you’ve already seen news stories about accidents involving self-driving cars. Perhaps you’ve been wondering how to determine who is responsible and who pays the bills when property is damaged and people are injured. It’s an interesting subject that all drivers should be aware of.
Here’s the thing about Uber, Lyft, and all the other ride sharing drivers we rely on – they’re just like us. When they get behind the wheel, they are just as likely to get into an accident as we are when we drive ourselves. For many of us, however, the thought of getting in an accident with a “professional” driver rarely enters our minds. We put a great deal of faith in our driver’s abilities and just like taxi and bus operators, we expect them to drive safely. But, as recent history has shown us, Uber and Lyft drivers are just as error-prone as the rest of us – and in some instance maybe even more so.
Companies like Uber and Lyft have made a name for themselves in the past couple years by using today’s smartphone culture to connect drivers and those who need a ride. Instead of taking the bus or hailing a cab, a user simply uses the company’s mobile app to signal the nearest driver that they need a ride. These apps are popular, and don’t seem to be going anywhere.
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