Ride-Sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, have become increasingly popular over the past few years. Not only are they a convenient mode of transport for those who do not own a car, but they are also touted as a safe option that keeps drunk or reckless drivers off the road. However, is ride-sharing really as safe an option as it seems?
Ride-sharing tied to an uptick in motor vehicle accidents
One study examined almost 373 million rides utilizing ride-sharing services in New York City for 2017 and 2018.According to the study, while drunk driving accidents have come down in recent years, in part due to ride-sharing, the total number of motor vehicles has not seen a similar decline. In fact, researchers found an uptick in collisions at pick-up and drop-off sites in which other motorists and pedestrians suffered injuries. Bicyclists and taxis did not see similar upticks.
The dangers of ride-sharing
Unlike traditional taxis, ride-sharing services are generally unregulated. In addition, ride-sharing drivers are not always properly trained. Moreover, ride-sharing drivers may not have proper insurance coverage, which could be crucial in the event of a crash. In Uber’s terms of service, Uber does not guarantee the safety or ability of drivers, which they describe of third-party providers. This is meant to stop Uber from being liable if you are injured in an Uber accident, to your detriment.
Finding help if you are involved in a ride-sharing accident
If you are involved in a ride-sharing accident, do not lose hope. Depending on the circumstances of a particular case, it may be possible to successfully obtain compensation from a negligent driver and other a court deems to be directly, or even indirectly, involved. Working with experienced legal help can provide guidance and peace of mind as you navigate the physical and financial recovery process.