Tempe, AZ – Details Released in Fatal Uber Accident on Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ (November 6, 2019) – Further details have been released after a self-driving Uber car hit and killed a woman last year in Tempe.
According to authorities, investigators found a major flaw in the software. They say that the Uber car could not detect pedestrians outside a crosswalk. Per a 400-page report issued this week by the National Transportation Safety Board, the Uber vehicle detected 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg about six seconds before hitting her while she attempted to cross Mill Avenue.
Governor Doug Ducey first welcomed Uber to use Arizona as a test lab for their new driverless technology in 2016, after the California Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the registrations from the self-driving Uber fleet.
Following the deadly accident, which occurred in March 2018, Ducey suspended Uber’s testing operations, and a spokesman from his office said they are still reviewing the report from the National Transportation Safety Board.
We offer our condolences to Elaine Herzberg’s family.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Arizona
One pedestrian is killed every two hours as a result of car accidents nationwide, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Arizona tops the list when it comes to pedestrian fatalities. Statewide, authorities say that there has been a 35 percent rise in pedestrian deaths over the last 10 years.
Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to serious injuries or death, even when they’re following traffic laws and using crosswalks. Pedestrians who are struck by drivers are often left with severe physical and emotional trauma. From high medical costs to long-term physical problems and lost wages, pedestrians suffer greatly after these crashes. However, the victims and families affected by these accidents can seek legal aid from a skilled personal injury lawyer.
When it comes to advocating for victims and their families after a pedestrian accident, ELG Law’s team of car accident lawyers is aggressive and knowledgeable. Contact our accident attorneys today at (623) 562-3838 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about getting the justice you deserve after an accident.
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