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How Often Do Uber & Lyft Drivers Get In Accidents?

How Often Do Uber & Lyft Drivers Get In Accidents?

Safety has been a concern for rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber. Both companies have made a great impact on the taxi industry since they let just about anyone to become a driver. With little background checks or training, it’s not unlikely for Uber and Lyft accidents to occur. Our Houston rideshare accident attorneys explain how often Uber and Lyft accidents occur.

How Safe are Ride-Hailing Services?

A study from the University of Chicago and Rice University discovered that rideshare accidents had increased traffic deaths by 2 to 3 percent since 2011. That’s equivalent to as many as 1,100 fatalities a year. Uber’s U.S. Safety Report stated that there were more than 36,000 fatal car accidents in 2018 alone.

Researchers from these universities took statistics from the National Highway Traffic Administration and compared them with the dates Uber and Lyft launched in a specific city. They also checked accident rates in those cities relative to vehicle miles traveled. They quickly noticed a pattern—most cities had an increase in fatal car accidents after ridesharing companies launched.

Studies show that increased congestion and a decrease in public transportation are a large contribution to the increase in car accidents. Cities like New York have introduced a cap on ridesharing in response to the rise in car accidents.

Experienced Houston Rideshare Accident Lawyers

If you or your loved one were injured in a rideshare accident caused by another, you might be able to seek compensation. The time after an accident gets difficult—especially if you’re dealing with lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional and physical distress. For such reasons, it’s vital to have an experienced attorney on your side who can guide you. The Houston rideshare accident attorneys at Daspit Law Firm have the knowledge, experience, and skills needed to help you obtain the best possible results for your case.

Contact our Houston rideshare accident attorneys today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a free consultation!