An autonomous vehicle operated by Uber took the life of a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. This has been the first reported self-driving accident causing death. According to National Public Radio, the vehicle was in autonomous mode, however, there was a driver in the vehicle. The woman pedestrian was immediately taken to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Further reports have not been released, however, Uber did release an apology statement and are cooperating with the investigation. Uber also stopped all self-driving cars on the roads until further notice.
Will this be the first of many fatal self-driving accidents? Uber, Lyft, and Google are just a few innovative companies in the process of making self-driving vehicles. Soon, these self-driving vehicles will be mass produced and sold to the public. Safety concerns are at an all-time high with regards to self-driving vehicles. Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of the woman in this incident. If you were in an Uber or Lyft at the time of the accident or have been hit by an Uber or Lyft, it is important to discuss your rights with an experienced Uber accident lawyer. Our accident attorneys understand the accident liability and can help victims through the confusing filing process. Harris Personal Injury Lawyers has a team of experienced trial lawyers who solely litigate personal injury cases and are available 24/7 to discuss your accident claim in free case consultation.