Oct 05, 2022 | Uber/Lyft Accident

Uber Driver Strikes and Kills a Pedestrian in Arizona

Uber accidents can and do happen, and they can unfortunately take a human life. An Arizona accident loudly reaffirms this. If you or a loved one was injured in a rideshare related accident, contact a personal injury attorney now for help.

Pedestrian Killed in AZ Uber Crash

The collision in question was captured on a dashcam video taken inside of the Uber vehicle. The video shows the vehicle driving along a dark road when an image of a woman walking a bicycle across the road appears in the vehicle’s headlights. The woman, Elaine Herzberg, was hit by the auto and later died from her injuries. She was 49 years old.

The Uber driver was driving in the right-hand lane of a divided four-lane roadway. While it was dark out, the driver did have his headlights on. The video in question, though, does show that just before the collision took place, the Uber driver was looking down.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits for Rideshare Deaths

Washington’s wrongful death laws give you the right to file a lawsuit when a loved one dies because of another person’s negligent or reckless acts. “Negligent” is a legal term that simply means a person did not act in the same manner as a reasonable person would have under the same circumstances. In the above case, it is likely negligent if an Uber driver fails to look where he is driving on a dark night.

Note that if you are successful in filing a wrongful death case, you can receive compensation for:

  • The victim’s medical bills (if you paid for them),
  • The victim’s funeral and burial expenses (if you paid them),
  • The victim’s pain and suffering,
  • The victim’s lost earnings,
  • Loss of property, and
  • Loss of intangible benefits, such as care and companionship.

Death Not Necessary for Legal Action

Unfortunately, rideshare accidents happen all of the time. But not every accident causes a person’s death. People, however, usually suffer some type of non-life-threatening injury in Uber and Lyft collision cases.

If you were injured in an accident (however slight), and a rideshare driver caused the accident, you have the right to file a legal action to hold the rideshare driver responsible.  Short of bringing a lawsuit, you can file a personal injury claim with the driver’s insurance company or possibly with Uber or Lyft itself. But please keep in mind that you will likely need to contact a car accident attorney for help.

Contact Premier Injury Law Firm for Help

If you or a loved one was injured in a rideshare accident, please know that the Premier Injury Law Firm is here to help. Our legal team is skilled, experienced, and passionate in their representation. Let us shoulder the burden of an injury claim or lawsuit while you focus on healing from your injuries. Contact us today for the quality legal help you deserve.