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Police Report Untangles Uber Crash Mystery

3/30/2017 06:21 PM EDT
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SteveS
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SteveS   3/31/2017 12:35:40 PM
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Whether or not the Uber vehicle could have or should have slowed down is not the point.  Case law holds, as has been pointed out, that a left turning vehicle in this situation is in the inferior position and is liable for the accident.  The driver of the Honda stated that her line of vision was blocked by the stalled lanes of traffic, yet she proceeded through the intersection anyway.  If this comes down to court proceedings, I know which side I would want to represent.

The situation may be different if the Uber vehicle had been grossly speeding, but since it has been stated that the Uber vehicle was traveling slower than the posted speed limit, the Uber vehicle is pretty much off the hook.

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Re: Left turn on yellow beware
junko.yoshida   3/31/2017 12:11:45 PM
Hi, pete220. you also raise some good questions here. Just to be clear, though, in this particular crash, it wasn't the left-turning Honda CRV that was hurrying to squeeze itself into the intersection, but it was Uber driving straight south which sort of acted recklessly and did not pay attention to the Honda which was already in the intersection.

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Left turn on yellow beware
pete220   3/31/2017 11:45:04 AM
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It is customary in the US for one or two left turners to try to squeeze through an intersection after the light turns yellow.  This move is especially dangerous when not all lanes are seen to be stopped.  If there is a lane open it is likely that the driver going strait will also try to squeeze through on the yellow light. 

I have seen this accident scenario with all human drivers.  In that case, the driver proceeding strait actually accellerated to get through the intersection.  The left turner was badly injured and the car going strait proceeded to slam into several other stopped cars, causing injuries there too.

With self driving cars on the road we may have arrived at a point where squeezing a left on yellow is a bad strategy.

  Pete

 

 

junko.yoshida
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Re: Suggestions...
junko.yoshida   3/31/2017 9:20:34 AM
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@sw guy, these are all really good questions. we need to learn more from Uber, who should have that information.

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sw guy   3/31/2017 7:19:40 AM
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...for people to think

Could it be possible that by moving very slow the left turning vehicule was detected as stationary by autonomous car ?

Was SW/HW still operational after 1st hit, or did something broken prevent it to control autonomous  car ?

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