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With Uber Testing Driverless Cars, Who Will Be Responsible for Ride-Sharing Accident?


Technology is clearly outpacing regulations of ride-sharing companies such as Uber which in recent months has reportedly been testing autonomous driving technology in Pittsburgh and Las Vegas. Driverless cars with the Uber logo have been occasionally been spotted in Las Vegas, causing a stir among Uber drivers and the millennial passengers who have spurred the growth of the new breed of transportation network companies.

Uber Driverless Car Issues

But like most emerging technology, glitches continue to arise and potentially raise some accident risks for passengers of autonomous vehicles and other vehicles, as well as pedestrians. In Pittsburgh where Uber has tested its driverless cars, some of the issues that could impact passenger safety have been identified.

Many of the technical issues had to do with the Uber autonomous car’s difficulty in dealing with unpredictable human drivers and sudden obstacles on the road, interpreting vegetation that have not been mapped, and navigating extreme weather conditions such as snow.

In one situation, when an Uber self-driving car was faced with a truck that was making a right-hand turn from a left lane, the human driver accompanying the vehicle was compelled to take the wheel in order to avoid a serious accident.

Who Is Liable for Ride Sharing Driverless Car Accident?

Just recently, the ride sharing company admitted that one of its self-driving cars was involved in an accident in Pittsburgh. While it is still unclear who was at fault, new questions arise in connection with the legal liability for similar accidents that can happen in Las Vegas where the autonomous ride-sharing car is currently being tested.

Claiming compensation involving a ride sharing company can be complicated as various factors must be considered in determining fault for an accident. If you are injured in an accident involving any of the ride sharing vehicles, it’s important to seek immediate medical treatment to ensure your personal safety. You should also speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can examine all the angles of your accident, sort the legal issues that may arise, and determine whether you have a right to claim compensation against any party.

Should you be entitled to compensation, your attorney can inform you of all your legal options and if necessary, file the appropriate claim against the parties whose negligence or fault caused your injuries.

In Las Vegas, Nevada, the Law Offices of Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen have the necessary experience to help you recover compensation in an accident involving a ride sharing company. 

We offer a free consultation where one of our dedicated car accident attorneys can assess your situation, and invite you to call us today at (702) 505-8115.
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