Uber, the popular ride-sharing service, recently disclosed that 3,000 sexual assaults were reported on its U.S. rides last year as part of its long-awaited safety study. In the safety study, Uber said it recorded 235 instances of rape last year and thousands of reports of assault involving unwanted touching, kissing, or attempted rape. The safety study also examined other safety categories such as motor-vehicle deaths and violent crimes, with Uber reporting 107 motor-vehicle fatalities and 19 fatal physical assaults. Uber reported that it conducted the safety study to show transparency and to improve its services for both riders and drivers.
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Last week, a Dallas jury awarded the family of a man killed by a Greyhound bus $20 million after determining that the transportation company was responsible for his death.
Uber released its highly anticipated safety report last Thursday revealing 5,981 incidents of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018. Although the report identifies 21 categories of sexual misconduct, it defines "sexual assault" as a reported instance of rape, attempted rape, non-consensual kissing of a sexual body party, non-consensual touching of a sexual body party, and non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part.
The family of a deceased man is suing Lyft after one of its drivers caused his death in a car accident. Accidents, injuries, and deaths caused by the negligence of drivers that work for ridesharing companies such as Uber or Lyft have become quite common. Further, these accidents do not only harm passengers; pedestrians have been hit, people abducted, and valuables stolen. Due to these incidents, Uber and Lyft maintain relatively large liability insurance policies so they have the insurance funds available to compensate those injured or harmed by their drivers.
A jury in Dallas recently determined that the seatbelt system in the 2011 Honda Odyssey is defective. The lawsuit claimed that the design of the seatbelt for the third-row middle seat was defective. The seatbelt design was a two-part system that required the rider to anchor the detachable shoulder strap from the ceiling of the van to the seat and then pull the belt across the users hips before it can buckle. Independent testing performed by an expert found that less than 10% of participants successfully operated the Honda Odyssey's two-part seatbelt system.
Uber's fully autonomous car program has suffered a serious setback after one of its vehicles hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. This is the first time an autonomous vehicle operating in self-driving mode has caused a fatality. The self-driving Uber struck a woman crossing a street in Tempe.
On the night of March 18, 2018, a 49-year-old woman named Elaine Herzberg was struck by one of Uber's autonomous cars in Tempe, Arizona. Elaine was walking her bicycle across the street when she was struck by the car and died as a result of this incident. This is believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving vehicles.
On Sunday night, a pedestrian was killed by an Uber self-driving vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. According to officials, the woman was crossing a four-lane road outside the designated cross walk when she was hit at approximately 10:00 p.m. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died. The woman is believed to be the first pedestrian killed by a self-driving vehicle. At the time of the accident, the Uber vehicle was reportedly in autonomous mode with a vehicle operator in the front seat. There were no passengers in the vehicle at the time. Autonomous mode means the car is driving on its own. However, during testing, a person sits behind the wheel as a safeguard. Uber is conducting tests of autonomous vehicles in Arizona, Pittsburgh, Toronto and other areas throughout the United States and Canada. In the wake of the accident, Uber announced that it has temporarily halted its self-driving test operations across North America. The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to Arizona to investigate the accident which comes nearly a year after an Uber self-driving vehicle was involved in another crash in Tempe. In that accident, the Uber vehicle rolled on its side, although there were no reported injuries.
According to recent reports, a combination of dropping fares, profitable incentives, and a lack of caps on the number of hours drivers can work during one shift has led some Uber drivers to work dangerously long shifts. Uber reports that only seven percent of its drivers work more than 50 hours per week, while more than half of its drivers use the Uber app less than ten hours a week. However, other sources report that it is not uncommon for Uber drivers to work up to 16 hours a day. Unlike Uber, some ride-hailing services limit the number of hours its drivers can work during a shift. For example, Lyft shuts off its app after 14 hours and requires drivers to wait six hours before they can access the app and begin driving again. In addition, Uber drivers reportedly receive notifications when they are not picking up enough passengers. Uber also offers incentives such as bonuses for completing a certain number of rides within a given timeframe, which can encourage drivers to continue driving despite fatigue.
A federal judge said two women whom allege sexual assault against Uber drivers can to sue the company for the alleged attacks. One sexual assault allegation comes out of South Carolina and the other from Boston. In San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston stated the accusations of sexual assault made against the Uber drivers may be valid due to the possibility that the drivers were acting in the scope of their employment when the crimes occurred. Uber argued that the divers are independent contractors, the company is not responsible for their actions, and the lawsuits should be dismissed. In addition, Uber made the argument that one of the drivers may not have even used the company cellphone app before the alleged assault, further indicating he was not working for Uber at the time of the alleged incident, independent contractor or not.