NPR: Should Uber Be Responsible For Driver Recklessness?

on Monday, Feb. 3rd

Aarti Shahani, reporting for National Public Radio’s All Tech Considered, looked at the case of a San Francisco Uber driver who was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old girl.

Police are still investigating if the driver was using his Uber app while driving, as he claims, and whether that played any role in the collision. Mahoney says it’s very possible. Uber drivers have to look at their smartphones constantly, to see when there’s a new request for a ride and the customer’s GPS location.

“It’s easier to ignore a text from a friend until you stop,” [Police Sgt. Eric] Mahoney says. “It’s a lot harder to ignore a text when that’s how you feed your family.”

How much, if any, responsibility does the car ride service share for the accident?


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