Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized the way we get around. These services enable us to avoid driving if intoxicated or get to work after an unexpected breakdown. Users love rideshare apps because of their convenience. Because almost anyone can drive for Uber or Lyft, a ride from one of these services is typically only a few minutes away. Driving for one of these companies requires less training and certification than a traditional taxi driver undergoes. Some safety advocates and members of Congress argue that the rideshare industry can be dangerous because of how unregulated it is. Looking at safety statistics behind Uber and Lyft supports their concerns.
Uber & Lyft Accident Statistics
A recent study from the University of Chicago and Rice University has found that traffic deaths related to rideshare drivers have increased between two and three percent since 2011. These accidents account for as many as 1,100 fatalities. The researchers took NHTSA information about crashes in specific cities, and then examined how much they increased in the months after Uber and Lyft started operating in the area. Notably, the increase of danger is not just for passengers and drivers; the researchers also found that pedestrian deaths increased in congruence with the launch of Lyft or Uber in an area.
What to do After an Uber or Lyft Accident
While an increase of a few percentage points might seem insignificant, each one represents hundreds of lives that could have been saved and even more injuries that could have been prevented. If you’ve suffered in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, it’s time to hold rideshare companies accountable with the help of Clayton, Frugé & Ward. For decades, our firm has been an advocate for those suffering because of a car accident. We've won some of the state’s largest personal injury victories and are proud each time we've able to obtain justice for a client. Uber and Lyft do not deserve to profit at the expense of road safety, hold them accountable by calling our team today.
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