Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Tempe for Fatal Self-Driving Accident
In an interesting update, the story of the Tempe woman who was killed in an accident with a self-driving Uber continues. As you may be aware, the woman’s surviving family was offered a confidential settlement by Uber not long after her death was reported in March 2018. The ridesharing company seemed to indicate its own liability by offering the settlement and successfully kept itself out of court and possibly away from public scrutiny.
However, the family is now planning to file a lawsuit against the City of Tempe. According to statements from the city, the husband and daughter of the decedent filed a notice of claim last year in an Arizona civil court. Each are demanding $5 million from Tempe, which is being blamed for faulty street design that allegedly led to the fatal accident. The woman was struck by the self-driving Uber when using a median walkway that did not feature a crosswalk to access it, which may have confused the Uber’s sensors. The city is also being accused of poor lighting in the area.
Can the Family Sue After Being Given a Settlement?
The fatal self-driving Uber accident case is interesting not only because it is outlining how self-driving accident claims may be handled in the future, but also since it highlights how multiple parties can be liable for one accident. Receiving a settlement or a jury verdict from one liable party does not preclude the plaintiff from seeking and collecting awards from another. In this case, the family is holding both Uber and Tempe accountable for their mistakes in separate civil cases. It is not known at this time if the City of Tempe intends to try to reach a settlement agreement, or if the case will progress to litigation.
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