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Uber Not Criminally Charged After 2018’s Tempe Self-Driving Crash

Published on May 15, 2019 at 2:49 pm in Rideshare Accidents.

On March 4, 2019, prosecutors in Arizona from the Yavapai County Attorney’s office said they had not found evidence to charge Uber for any crime related to the accident in Tempe, where one of the company’s autonomous vehicles hit and killed a pedestrian.

On March 18, 2019, Elaine Herzberg was hit by one of Uber’s self-driving Volvo sport utility vehicles. The SUV was traveling about 40 miles per hour. At the time, Herzberg had been walking her bicycle across the street at night. Even though the car was driving itself, there was a safety driver in the driver’s seat. When the crash occurred, the safety driver was streaming a television show on her phone. While she grabbed the steering wheel to swerve at the last second, she did not start braking until after impact.

According to Study, Ridesharing Has Increased Traffic Fatalities by 2-3%

Published on Apr 25, 2019 at 12:53 pm in Rideshare Accidents.

When rideshare services like Uber and Lyft first became popular around 2010, they changed how many individuals were transported in cities and towns on a daily basis. Instead of walking or taking public transportation, people starting using ridesharing apps to order rides. While passengers have generally benefited from the services, there are significant costs associated with ridesharing. Among those costs is an increase in the loss of human life – particularly in big cities.

Economists associated with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business published a study called “The Cost of Convenience: Ridesharing and Traffic Fatalities.” According to that study, ridesharing is associated with an increase of two to three percent of fatal traffic accidents and car accident fatalities. This includes vehicle occupants, pedestrians, cyclists, and bystanders.

How to Spot a Dangerous Rideshare Vehicle Driver

Published on Dec 26, 2018 at 4:45 pm in Rideshare Accidents.

Many people drive for rideshare companies like Uber or Lyft. However, some of the drivers aren’t always the safest, and have the potential to cause auto accidents. While these accidents can be severe, those who were injured have legal options. The Rideshare Law Group is ready to help you fight for your rights.

There are a few signs that will point out a dangerous drivers who are risking an accident happening on the road. Look for the ways that signal your driver isn’t doing their job safely.

Are Taxis Safer than Using Lyft or Uber?

Published on Dec 13, 2018 at 4:32 pm in Rideshare Accidents.

When thinking about what service to use when you need a ride, you may automatically think of sending for a driver with your Uber or Lyft app before you’d think about calling for a cab. Rideshare services have made it easy to get a ride and get to where you need to be anytime and almost anywhere.

But just how safe are these rideshare services? It’s likely you’ve heard multiple news reports of accidents and assaults over the past few years, which is why it’s a good idea to evaluate your options when it comes to rideshare services versus other transportation industries.

5 Common Myths About Lyft and Uber Rideshare Services

Published on Aug 9, 2018 at 6:39 pm in Rideshare Accidents.

With the popularity of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft increasing, it’s important to understand how these companies work so you can benefit from the service they provide. Media coverage has a lot to say about these companies, and not everything you hear is true. Below you’ll find some of the most common myths about Lyft and Uber, and where they fall on the true or false scale.

Myth #1: Lyft and Uber drivers don’t do perform background checks on their drivers.

Before you can drive for Lyft or Uber, they’ll want you full name, birthdate, Social Security number, driver’s license number, car insurance information, and proof that your vehicle is inspected and safe.

Both companies use this information to perform background checks; however, the checks might not be as comprehensive as they could be. Both companies use third-party screening to perform background checks. Uber uses Checkr and Lyft uses Sterling BackCheck. While both of these checks comply with state and federal standards, FBI backgrounds check may contain more information.

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