In light of the National Transportation Safety Board placing partial blame on Uber for a fatal 2018 crash, Uber has vowed to publicize more in-depth safety information regarding its self-driving vehicles.
According to Bloomberg, Uber supports the idea of transparency. The company will make a Safety Case Framework for public release. Additionally, the company plans to establish an independent Safety and Responsibility Advisory Board.
The 2018 crash, which was the first fatal pedestrian accident involving a self-driving vehicle, happened in Tempe, Arizona. On March 18, a 49-year-old woman was hit by a 2017 Volvo XC90 SUV operated autonomously by Uber. According to authorities, the vehicle was in self-drive mode with a safety operator behind the wheel when the pedestrian, who was walking a bicycle outside of a crosswalk, was hit.
In 2019, the National Transportation Safety Board voted that the probable cause of the crash was “the failure of the vehicle operator to monitor the environment and the operation of the automated driving system because she was visually distracted throughout her trip by her personal cellphone.”
In addition to that, the board also cited three shortcomings by the rideshare company, including inadequate safety risk assessment procedures, ineffective oversight of vehicle operators, and lack of adequate mechanisms to address complacency by operators as the cars drove themselves.
In addition to Uber, 23 companies have made their self-driving safety assessments public. Some of the companies that have updated their voluntary disclosures include Apple Inc., Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Lyft Inc., Mercedes-Benz AG, Toyota Motor Corp., and Waymo.
Not all safety advocates are impressed with the voluntary reports that have been submitted so far. They say the reports resemble slick marketing brochures instead of stringent regulatory filings. According to Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, “It’s nice that Uber has decided this is the right time to update its so-called report, but a consumer-focused agency would have long ago mandated all driverless vehicle manufacturers regularly submit useful safety details regarding their public road tests.”
If you’ve been involved in a crash because of an Uber driver’s negligence, you have legal rights and options. Depending on the situation, you may be able to pursue a rideshare accident claim to seek compensation for your losses, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
To learn more about the process of filing a claim after an Uber accident, get in touch with an attorney from the Rideshare Law Group. We’ll review your situation and help you determine how best to proceed based on your unique circumstances.