Self-Driving Uber Car Hit and Kills Pedestrian

A self-driving Uber car recently struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona.  The Uber car had an emergency backup driver sitting at the wheel, but that did not stop this horrific accident. This is the first pedestrian death involving an autonomous vehicle.

Are Self-Driving Cars Safe?

The Uber car involved in the crash was a Volvo XC90 SUV.  According to Tempe police, the vehicle was traveling around 40 miles per hour when it struck a 49-year-old woman walking with her bicycle across the road. The police stated that it did not appear the vehicle slowed down before impact.

Maybe the technology is not developed enough for testing on public roadways? This incident highlights that developers of autonomous technology may still have way to go before declaring that the technology is safe.

Autonomous Uber Testing Halted

Following the crash in Tempe, Arizona’s Governor, Doug Ducey, and the Arizona Department of Transportation ordered Uber to suspend its testing of self-driving vehicles in Arizona.

While Uber’s self-driving vehicles may not yet be safe for widespread adoption, there are also have been multiple incidents of crashes involving Uber vehicles operated by drivers.  If you have been involved in a crash involving an Uber vehicle, we are here to help and encourage you to contact us. You may be entitled to receive compensation for any injuries you have sustained.

Call Our Injury Lawyers for Help

If you have been involved in a car crash where an Uber driver was negligent, the injury attorneys at DKR are here to help.

Please contact us for a free case evaluation, and you will receive the personal attention of one of our attorneys immediately. DKRPA maintains offices in Los Angeles, New York, West Palm Beach, Miami, and Detroit and our attorneys travel regularly for client cases.