last week’s Uber-involved crash should highlight the current state of affairs: Drivers are dangerous. Tempe Police cited a “human” driver for making a bad left at McClintock and Apache causing the crash with the Uber/Volvo SUV to rollover on its side. The Uber was being autonomously driven at the time, according to the company.
There are over 100,000 reported wrecks per year in Arizona involving motor vehicle drivers only, with hundreds dead and thousands injured; a driver is at fault in each and every one of those incidents.
…On Friday, a driver in Tempe was cited for making an illegal left turn and hitting one of Uber’s test cars, which was in self-driving mode
Most at Fault
In Arizona, every reported MV crash assigns fault, “Most-at-fault”, to the operator of unit #1. Traffic units are either a vehicle, a bicycle (“pedalcycle”) or a Pedestrian.
All crashes, by definition involve at least one MV; and as noted above the vast majority only involve a motor vehicle (a “single vehicle” crash) or motor vehicles. A small percentage involve in addition to a MV, a bicycle or a pedestrian (both about only 2% each).
In case you are wondering about MV-bike, or MV-ped crash fault-rates, they run about 50:50. For the period 2009-2015 the rate for bicyclists was 51% bicyclist-at-fault vs. 49% motorist-at-fault. There is some indication that bicyclists are over-faulted, that is to say faulted when there is no violation; but that would just be quibbling.
Motorists have higher fault rates in MV-ped crashes, 60:40 for the same period mentioned above.
There are about 110,000 total reported wrecks per year lately in AZ, fewer than 2% of those involve a bicyclist, likewise fewer than 2% involve a pedestrian.
3/18/2018 An autonomously operating Uber struck and killed a pedestrian