Firm Logo


Uber Settles with Victim of Self-Driving Car Accident

July 31, 2018

Uber Settles with Victim of Self-Driving Car Accident

The first incident of death involving self-driving vehicle technology occurred in Tempe, Arizona.  Ms. Herzberg was walking her bicycle across a four-lane road out of the cross-walking area. Video evidence from a dashcam inside the car showed the self-driving SUV traveling at night under the visually difficult circumstance.  Suddenly the headlights flashed onto Herzberg who was directly in front of the SUV. Other footage showed that moments before impact, the Uber driver was barely looking at the road and mostly looking down at his phone.

Results of the Incident

Following the automobile accident, Uber Technology Inc. and Herzberg’s parents came to an agreement on a settlement claim, avoiding the need for court and a lawsuit.  Both the parents and Uber officials refused to comment following the news. The concerns arising from the accident could stall the development and testing of self-driving vehicles, which are in production to improve traffic, reduce accidents and deaths, and allow for better and smoother road conditions overall. Uber has put its testing of these technologies on hold after the death of Ms. Herzberg. Toyota Motor Corp and chipmaker Nvidia Corp have also suspended self-driving car testing on public roads, awaiting information and analysis of the accident.  It is impertinent that they know what caused this incident before continuing. Cheap taxi style companies like Uber are not usually liable for any car accidents that occur.  They make sure to hire drivers as independent contractors instead of employees which protects the company and usually makes the one behind the wheel at fault.  That means that any injuries or damages are paid by the driver’s insurance instead. Uber does, however, have a $1 million insurance policy in place to protect its passengers.  In case the driver’s insurance cannot fully cover the costs incurred from personal injuries, this insurance will help cover the medical expenses of its customers. With this news, both regular and Uber drivers, along with the general public, are concerned about how reliable and safe self-driving technology currently is.  What everyone wants to know is if these cars are really ready for the road? Of course, accidents occur regardless of the type of vehicle and this was the first death incident, but all harm-causing incidents must be concerned when developing any new vehicle technology.

Contact an Expert Personal Injury Attorney after Your SJ Automobile Accident

Whether the driver, passenger, or pedestrian, Garber Law, P.C. can help defend you to get you the settlement you deserve for your personal injuries and accident costs that have incurred from an automobile accident.  Garber Law, P.C. will help with any type of incident under any condition whether it involves a bus, an uber vehicle, a truck, a car, or a motorcycle.  If you want expert legal support in New Jersey, let us stand by your side. Contact us now for a consultation regarding your New Jersey automobile accident!

Garber Law, P.C. Has Achieved Numerous

Multi-Million Dollar Results

Get The Compensation You Deserve!

Settlements and verdicts may vary and are based on the many factors of your case, etc.
(The below information may not apply to your settlement and verdict).

$10 Million Dollars

Settlement During Trial for a Leg Amputation











  • Quote

    Mr. Garber is amazing! He walked me through my lawsuit every step of the way and answered all of my questions. Not only is he a great lawyer, but he was very caring about my feelings and health throughout the whole process. Thank you, Mr. Garber, for everything you’ve done for me, especially for winning my case!

    Kim C.

  • Working with the firm was my best decision. They were extremely helpful and knowledgeable and definitely worked hard for their clients. I would highly recommend them.

    Linda S.

  • Quote

    Mr. Garber is simply the best. Very knowledgeable, honest, and helpful throughout the whole process. He has been practicing law for many years and is a true professional in the courtroom. Joel Wayne Garber will fight hard for what you deserve.

    Joseph P.

Schedule Your Free Consultation

Provide the information below or call us at:


100% Secure. We respect your privacy. See here.

© 2024 Garber Law, P.C. All Rights Reserved.Disclaimer.Site Map.