This is perhaps the most intriguing question of all in the fatal Uber accident case: In light of the facts of the case, why did Uber settle so quickly?
In part one of this three-part blog entry on the fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car, we looked at the basic story and introduced some of the concerns. In this installment, we’re going to look at some of the legal ramifications of this case, especially concerning what type of case this should be and the relevant liability rules as they would apply in Tennessee.
There was a time not too long ago when auto accidents involved human drivers. Other than the occasional brake failure or other technological malfunction, most of these cases involved the comparative negligence of the two drivers to determine who was most at fault and the degree of compensation that should be awarded.
Apparently no one is paying attention to either the road or the constant warnings. By this point, pretty much everyone knows that smart phone use while driving - or even while walking in congested areas - is extremely dangerous. Yet people do this all the time.
Although everyone knows the dangers of texting while driving, the practice continues and people continue to suffer terrible accidents as a result. In accident litigation, one of the challenges is to establish conclusively whether one of the drivers was texting or engaging in other activities on their cell phone at the time of the accident.
Most of us are extremely careful near roadways and highways. Whether we’re walking or driving, we all seem to naturally understand the dangers in these areas. But most of us feel pretty safe in parking lots. As long as we’re generally watching where we’re going, we don’t expect to get into accidents while walking through parking lots, where most drivers are going extra slow and driving more carefully.
Most automobile accidents are a result of user error. If every driver would know the rules and follow all safety considerations with care, there would be almost no accidents. Therefore you can usually trace an accident back to some mistake or oversight made by one of the drivers involved.
Drunk driving has been a problem since the automobile has been invented. For many years, the legislatures of states throughout the country have focused most of their efforts on lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit and increasing penalties. Although these efforts are laudable, they haven’t been particularly effective, as drunk driving continues to destroy lives every year in the United States.
These seem to be everywhere: Advertisements, online reports, news stories and blogs all about the developing automated vehicle technology. Some of the new technology is simple driving assistance, and other manufacturers are already going to full automated driving: "Autopilot."
Too many people do not maximize their chances for compensation after auto accidents. Some people underestimate the seriousness of their injuries and others are uncomfortable with the idea of suing someone.