Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Statistics And Facts
Uber and Lyft have contended for a long time that they will aid in reducing traffic fatalities, specifically incidents of drunk driving. And several studies have supported this claim. Well, somewhat. One study in particular has found that a “significant decrease in convictions for impaired driving was associated with the introduction of rideshare services.”
With this in mind, it’s safe to say that there is absolute validity in using Uber, Lyft, or any rideshare service on a night out, especially if alcohol is involved.
However, the claim that rideshare services will reduce overall traffic fatalities remains a subject of debate. Contrary to Lyft’s and Uber’s favorite marketing line, the University of Chicago experts found that 3% of the annual increase in vehicular deaths have been linked to the prevalence of rideshare services on the road.
Quick Overview of Rideshare Accident Statistics and Facts:
- According to the University of Chicago, approximately 987 of roadway deaths each year have been linked to the prevalence of Uber and Lyft drivers on the road, which accounts for the 3% annual increase of tragic traffic deaths per year.
- The rideshare-associated deaths are linked to Uber and Lyft’s dependency on a high volume of drivers on the road to guarantee quick response times for their consumers.
- In spite of the University of Chicago’s claims of rideshare services contributing to traffic deaths and fatalities, a study has found that they nevertheless have a positive impact on reducing drunk driving.
Of course, rideshare services Lyft and Uber remain steadfast in their claim that they are championing road safety. Since 2017, both Uber and Lyft have published annual safety reports to inform the public about any accidents and casualties that have occurred in their respective rideshare rides.
Let’s take a look at them:
Uber Accident Statistics And Lyft Accident Statistics
In the years 2019 and 2020, Uber claimed that almost 100% of Uber rideshare trips have ended without any safety incident, with only approximately .0002% trips getting involved in a critical safety event.
Lyft reports similar figures in their safety report, even going so far as to claim that it is better than what Uber has reported “in some categories.”
But these are pre-2020 figures. In all likelihood, Lyft/Uber accidents and roadway deaths may have worsened, especially since traffic deaths have further heightened amid the COVID-19 lockdown in spite of a significant decrease in cars at the time. Even as restrictions eased, traffic fatalities remained consistent per a report published by the LAist.
It remains to be said how the lockdown would affect these figures. It’s very likely that it will look grim.
Brief Overview of Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Statistics
- In 2019 and 2020, 99.9% of Uber trip ended without any safety incident
- In those same years, only 0.0002% of Uber trips have been reported to involve a critical safety event
- Lyft reported similar figures and claimed to be “better” in certain aspects than Uber rideshare.
- Post-2020 figures may not reflect this as traffic fatalities and deaths have notoriously gone up since the beginning of the pandemic.
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