Ridesharing Services Associated with an Increase in Car AccidentsDecember 23, 2019
Researchers from the University of Chicago and Rice University conducted a study recently where they examined statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The researchers compared the statistical information to the dates when ridesharing services became available in cities and towns across the country. The goal of the study was to determine whether ridesharing services had an impact on traffic safety. According to the results of the study, the arrival of ridesharing in cities showed that there was a two to three percent increase in fatal car crashes. Ridesharing offers a convenient alternative to public transportation, but there are some important factors that customers should consider before using any ridesharing service.
In busy cities where there are more drivers per square mile than in more rural areas, car accidents are more likely to occur. While counties and municipalities often limit the number of point-to-point transportation vehicles, there is no limit to the number of ridesharing vehicles that can be on the road. As a result, there are more vehicles on the road at any given time, which can increase the chances of a car accident.
Ridesharing Drivers Not Required to Meet Same Standards as Drivers for Hire
Drivers who utilize taxis, limousines, or car service vehicles must obtain a commercial driver’s license. This process involves background checks, vehicle-specific tests, a driver history examination, and medical certification. However, ridesharing drivers are only required to hold a traditional private driver’s license. Because drivers for hire must go through additional testing and certifications, they are more likely to have the skills and knowledge necessary to avoid a car accident. Ridesharing services, like Uber and Lyft, have the same qualifications as the average driver.
One of the main reasons that customers call a ridesharing service is so that they do not have to worry about drinking and driving. According to a study by the University of California, ridesharing apps were associated with a decrease in the number of drunk driving arrests in 10 different cities. According to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the effects of ridesharing on drunk driving is unclear, and no evidence shows that the ridesharing services were the direct cause of the decrease in serious accidents, or the related injuries.
Distracted driving is also an issue among Lyft and Uber drivers, since they must constantly pay attention to the app and notify potential customers. Drivers will often immediately respond to a ride request in fear of losing the fare to another driver. The constant distraction of using the phone and responding to customers can lead to serious accidents.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for Victims of Ridesharing Car Accidents
If you were injured in a car accident involving a ridesharing vehicle, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. These cases can be complicated, and questions about liability often arise. Our experienced team will negotiate with the parties involved, including the driver and the ridesharing company, and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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