Alarming Trend of Uber Asking Patrons to Waive Liability for Injury or Death


October 28, 2016

Atlanta Auto Collision Lawyers Analyze Alarming Trend of Uber Asking Patrons to Waive Liability for Injury or Death

Our Atlanta auto collision lawyers recently wrote a blog about Uber using driverless vehicles to provide rides in certain test markets. Certain details have since emerged that merits careful consideration from consumers considering accepting such rides. What many passengers might not realize is that the self-driving technology employed in the selected Ford Fusions is still very new.

Alarming Trend of Uber Asking Patrons to Waive Liability for Injury or Death

Documents recently obtained pursuant to public records laws indicate that Uber required passengers to execute a legal waiver of liability. The language of the waiver should give passengers a cause for concern: "I acknowledge some or all of the AVs (autonomous vehicles) in which I ride are in a development phase, are experimental in nature, and that riding in an AV may involve the potential for serious injury or property loss." While test pilots might anticipate taking this risk, the prospect of uninformed consumers signing a waiver based on this type of representation is alarming and ill-advised.

Even more concerning, the waiver process was adopted by the tech experts at Uber who are in a position to understand the risk. Uber's Advanced Technology Center (ATC), a research hub that secured the services of dozens of Carnegie Mellon experts in robotics, was behind the waiver. The scope of the risks described under the direction of these experts included "without limitation, those caused by equipment failure, development vehicle operators or other safety drivers, actions of other motorists, weather, temperature, road conditions, negligence, or human error."

Alarming Trend of Uber Asking Patrons to Waive Liability for Injury or Death

While the presence of passengers does not impact the way the self-driving vehicles operate, cameras are being used to record passengers and determine how they respond to driverless vehicles. Uber is conducting the test to determine how operating vehicles without a driver affects safety when compared to having a backup driver in the vehicle. For example, the lack of a backup driver means that the passenger cannot confirm a safe drop-off point.

Whether passengers are considering a ride in a self-driven car or one with a human driver, serious consideration should be given to this type of waiver. Vehicle malfunctions, driver error, and other forms of negligence can lead to crashes that result in devastating injuries or the loss of a loved one. Although a waiver of this kind does not necessarily mean that you cannot obtain compensation for your injuries or loss, the decision to agree to such a waiver should not be made without legal advice. Whether Uber accidents are caused by faulty programming, lack of vehicle maintenance, computer hacking, or old fashioned driver error, Uber accidents are inevitable regardless of whether humans or computer systems operate their vehicles.

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If you are injured in a car accident while taking a taxi or Uber car, our experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyers are committed to pursuing the fullest recovery for our clients. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-two years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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