Understanding Rideshare Safety
People use rideshare services to get around town for many different reasons. However, one of the most popular reasons for using Uber or Lyft is to obtain a designated driver to avoid the consequences of drinking and driving.
While that’s a great way to prevent a DUI stop or being responsible for causing an accident, the chances of being involved in a car crash aren’t that much less when it comes to rideshare services. Here are some rideshare safety facts you should know.
Uber Crash Statistics
Last year, Uber issued a safety report. The following are some of the key Uber-related fatal crash statistics:
- In 2017 and 2018, there were 107 fatalities across 97 fatal crashes reported through the Uber app.
- In 2017, the Uber-related motor vehicle fatality rate was 0.59 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
- In 2018, the Uber-related motor vehicle fatality rate was 0.57 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled.
- 90% of Uber-related fatal accidents occurred in urban areas.
- Of the fatal Uber crashes between 2017 and 2018, 21% were drivers using the Uber platform, 21% were riders using the Uber platform and 58% were third parties.
- 30% of fatal crashes involved pedestrians, 25% were drivers or riders using the Uber platform outside the vehicle.
- Eight of the total drivers and riders using the Uber platform were counted as pedestrians since they were fatally struck while they were outside the vehicle.
- Between 2017 and 2018, 2% of the fatalities reported were pedalcyclists involved in Uber-related crashes.
To put the above into perspective, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the national average is more than 1.1 fatalities per 100 million, so Uber has roughly half as many fatalities per mile in comparison. While there is no specific data reported on Lyft accidents, an article by MIT Technology Review states that rideshare services have increased U.S. traffic deaths by 2% to 3% since 2011.
At this time, Uber has not reported on non-fatal accidents and injuries. However, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the U.S. three million people are fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes.
How Rideshare Accidents Happen
Whether a rideshare driver or another motorist on the road causes an accident, the following are common reasons why Uber and Lyft accidents occur:
- Distracted driving (texting, talking on the phone, using GPS, playing with the radio)
- Disobeying traffic laws (running stop signs, going over the speed limit, ignoring traffic lights)
- Inexperienced drivers
- Drowsy driving /driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
How to Handle a Rideshare Accident
After being involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, it’s critical to call 911 for medical assistance and to report the crash. Even if you “feel fine” after an auto accident, some injuries may not show up for hours or days later, such as a traumatic brain injury.
If you can gather the following information and other documentation while at the scene, it can be beneficial when pursuing a claim for your injuries:
- Photos of the accident scene
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses to the crash
- Name and phone number of your rideshare driver
- Rideshare app receipt of your trip (this can be easily kept by taking a screenshot on your phone)
In addition to the above information, it’s also essential to keep medical documentation and doctor’s notes relating to your injury from the accident. It’s also critical to contact a personal injury lawyer to learn your rights in seeking compensation.
When Insurance Companies Don’t Cooperate
Rideshare accident claims are complicated and can be riddled with red tape since multiple parties may be held liable for your injuries. One major obstacle in rideshare accident claims is dealing with the insurance company — especially when they represent big corporations such as Uber and Lyft.
While insurance companies may attempt to throw out low-ball settlements, our experienced rideshare accident lawyers won’t back down until you receive maximum compensation. On top of coordinating medical care and worrying about the financial consequences that resulted from your accident, it can make the experience that much more daunting. Let us be your advocate. We'll handle the insurance companies so you can have peace of mind and recover from your injuries.
Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident? Contact Del Rio & Caraway, P.C.
When using rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, you expect the driver to safely get you to your destination. Not knowing where to turn for help can be frustrating, especially when medical bills and other expenses relating to your accident are mounting. If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, know that you are not alone and Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. is on your side every step of the way.
Don’t fight the insurance companies alone after a serious crash. Contact Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. today at (916) 229-6755 or send us a message to discuss your case.