Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft have gained growing popularity in urban areas by offering low-cost, convenient transportation for passengers anytime. But in recent years, the companies have been dealing with growing reports of car accidents involving their drivers. Both fatal and non-fatal injuries have been reported across the country. In response to that, ridesharing company Uber published a safety report in December 2019 analyzing the stats of fatal accidents involving an Uber driver in the United States. Just because there is a risk of being involved in a rideshare accident, doesn’t mean you don’t have a right to an injury claim.
Knowing the statistics only helps you prepare to fight against the bias that you should bear any responsibility. The fault is not yours. Interestingly enough, the report above was not conducted by an external agency but simply a result of the company comparing its internal reports of accidents to the FARS (the national Fatality Analysis Reporting System). As one may expect, findings were optimistic when compared to the national average. In the report, Uber claims that there were 97 total fatal crashes resulting in 107 total deaths in a span of two years combined (2017 and 2018), compared to a hefty 36,000 people that died in crashes in 2018 in the US.
Should I Expect a Level of Safety in an Uber or Lyft?
Putting the numbers in the context of how many accidents per miles traveled, the national average is above 1.1 accidents for every 1 million miles traveled. Uber ranks at 0.59 fatal accidents per every 100 million miles traveled – a fraction of the national statistics. While that seems like a favorable number, it is important to highlight that there are a few missing stats from Uber’s report that deems these numbers inconclusive for some.
The stats indicate that a passenger is technically less likely to get into a fatal accident while riding with Uber when compared to national numbers, there are many reports of individuals injured by an Uber driver as a passenger or in another situation, such as a pedestrian, cyclist or driving another vehicle. The company justifies this by claiming non-fatal injuries are not always reported and harder to track. In reality, the number of non-fatal car crashes involving an Uber vehicle makes up for the majority of rideshare accidents. Regardless, as a passenger, knowing the statistics, you should expect a level of care.
How are Pedestrians and Other Drivers Impacted?
The report does not include any crashes that occurred while a driver was logged onto the app and waiting to be matched with a passenger. Even without a passenger in the car, an Uber driver can still have an impact on local traffic and get involved in a crash with a pedestrian or another vehicle. Excluding these statistics make Uber’s report overly optimistic and fails to give the public the real big picture of whether Uber rides are really as safe as the company promises them to be. Other drivers on the road are at possible risk because of rideshare drivers.
Can a Rideshare Accident Lawyer Help Me?
If you or a loved one have been a victim of an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver and suffered serious injuries or death, don’t try to deal with rideshare companies on your own. The Johnson Law Firm, PC has handled several personal injury claims against Uber and Lyft in Virginia and can provide you with the legal help you need to file a claim. Contact our personal injury law firm for a free case evaluation.