Updated: Mar 4
Uber and Lyft Car Accidents Are On The Rise, Learn Your Rights After An Accident.
Uber and Lyft have become the leading players in the on-demand transportation market by providing passengers ready access to safe, convenient, and cost-effective ride share services. Uber and Lyft have succeeded in attracting drivers and passengers with billions of dollars in market capitalization between them, increasing traffic volume in Northern and Southern California and throughout the country.
Now that Uber and Lyft have many years of operation under their belts, the findings of several traffic studies are in: the introduction of ride share services has resulted in increased traffic congestion and reduced public transport dependency. A concomitant rise in road collisions, injuries, and fatalities has been the result. In other words, for the convenience of ride share services, the public is paying a high price. It is essential to find a pre-screened ride sharing accident attorney if you have been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident.
Uber and Lyft Injuries' Grim Figures
The rise in ride sharing services has resulted in a 2-to-3 percent spike in traffic fatalities nationally since 2011, the year that Uber debuted, according to a new report by the University of Chicago and Rice University. That amounts to an additional 1,100 annual deaths. The rate of motor vehicle accident fatalities decreased gradually before 2011 and for around 20 years before that. After the launch of ride share services in major U.S. cities, the long downward trend in motor vehicle accident deaths reverted.
Based on accident statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the report found that in 2010, there were 32,885 fatalities in traffic, the lowest number since 1949. There were 37,461 traffic deaths in 2017, including increased fatalities for drivers of passenger cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, big truck occupants, and motorcyclists.
Researchers conclude that the turnaround is partly related to a rise in the number of new vehicle registrations and vehicle miles on the road since ride sharing services were introduced. Researchers observed a considerable increase in accident rates in cities around the board by contrasting the NHTSA accident statistics with the Uber or Lyft dates published in a particular area, and cross-referencing car accident rates in those cities with vehicle miles traveled. For instance, traffic fatalities dropped to their lowest number in San Francisco before Uber was launched in 2010, but increased shortly after the company started providing ride share services.
While the rise in vehicle registrations during the study period clearly shows that more Uber and Lyft drivers are on the road, they spend more time on the streets. The study states that ride share drivers spend 40 to 60 percent of their time looking for passengers, a method known as deadheading, in addition to driving to collect passengers or transporting passengers. In any case, both of these variables, a leading reason behind the rise of motor vehicle fatalities, contribute to increased traffic congestion.
Uber And Lyft Accidents In California
Uber and Lyft also aim to escape responsibility for their passengers' injuries since ride share drivers are independent contractors. However, whether you have been injured as an Uber Lyft rider or in a collision with a ride share car, there are legal remedies.