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Family of Woman Killed by Uber Self-Driving Car File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The city of Tempe, Arizona, has been named as the defendant in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a woman who was hit and killed last year by an Uber self driving car.

49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was struck and killed by a Volvo sport utility vehicle (SUV) owned and operated by Uber Technologies on March 18, 2018, while it was in self-driving mode traveling north on Mill Avenue in Tempe, according to BizJournals. Herzberg was not in a crosswalk when the accident occurred.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was a passenger in an Uber that was involved in an accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

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What’s the problem?

February 5, 2019 – Herzberg’s husband and daughter jointly filed the suit against Tempe, alleging that a paved section of the median near the accident scene encouraged people to cross at the site. The city has since taken out the pavement and replaced it with landscaping, according to the Arizona Republic.

The accident focused national attention on the self-driving car industry, and Uber specifically, which closed its testing operations facility shortly after Herzberg’s death. Tempe Police released a video of the accident showing the vehicle’s human driver watching something other than the road while the car was in self-driving mode.

Herzberg, who was homeless at the time of her death, is thought to be the first person in the U.S. to be hit and killed by an automated vehicle (AV).

The lawsuit alleges that the City of Tempe is liable for her death, and that it owes $5 million each to her husband and daughter.

Plaintiffs recently settled a similar lawsuit against Uber Technologies, the details of which remain confidential.

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