The news of an Arizona bicyclist who was struck and killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle in 2018 made national headlines. At the time, the public wondered if the company would face charges. But recently, the safety driver hired to oversee the autonomous car was charged with criminal negligence. However, neither Uber nor the company that created the automated system was charged.
Why Wasn’t Uber Charged in the Fatal Autonomous Car Accident?
Although many people believe that Uber and the manufacturer of the vehicle should face charges, the likely reason they will not is because the legal system is grappling with how to prove liability in a world where new technology is constantly evolving. It’s much easier to place the blame on an individual who has control of the technology in question.
Of course, that’s not always true. There are plenty of cases where automakers have been held liable for selling defective products that led to deadly car accidents. But autonomous cars are relatively new, and not many people understand the complexities of the system.
The safety driver in an autonomous car is responsible for overriding self-driving features if the car does not appear to properly sense or respond to an imminent threat. It’s a much more straightforward case to convince a jury the Uber driver was negligent, especially when evidence shows she was watching a reality TV show on her phone when the crash happened.
What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident in Florida?
As with any car accident, you could have rights to compensation if you’re hurt in a rideshare crash. You can protect any future injury claims by taking the following steps after an Uber accident in Florida:
- Get medical treatment: You should always seek medical care if you’ve been injured in an accident. Even if you don’t have obvious signs of injury, you should still see a doctor to rule out “invisible injuries,” such as internal bleeding.
- Report the crash: Get a police report documenting the crash. This can serve as an important record of the wreck. Your rideshare driver should notify the police, but if he/she does not or cannot, you should do so to support your injury claim.
- Talk to witnesses: Statements from witnesses carry a lot of weight with insurance companies because they are considered unbiased accounts of the crash. If there were witnesses to your Uber/Lyft accident, get their contact information.
- Speak with a Florida rideshare accident lawyer: Florida is a no-fault insurance state, which means you would first seek compensation for your injuries through your own insurer. But there may be cases where the Uber driver or company could be held liable for serious injuries that exceed your own policy limits. Speaking with a lawyer can help make sure that you demand compensation from all available sources.
Contact a Winter Haven Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer if You’ve Been Injured
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a rideshare accident, the Winter Haven Uber/Lyft accident attorneys at Brooks Law Group are here to help. We understand the complexities of rideshare accident laws and can investigate your claim to determine how they apply in your case. Our goal is to obtain maximum compensation with as little interruption to your life as possible. You deserve to recover in peace.
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