Many people count on rideshare services to get to where they need to go. But others understandably wonder whether these services are safer than driving yourself. The answer isn’t as clear as some might think.
There are several factors to consider when you’re trying to determine just how safe rideshares are. Two primary concerns are traffic fatalities and assaults that are associated with rideshare services.
How common are safety issues in rideshares?
Both Uber and Lyft report that at least 99% of rides end without a safety incident. While this seems like it would be enough to deem virtually rideshares safe, it really isn’t. Safety issues in rideshares encompass a host of incidents, including traffic crashes and various forms of assaults.
Since ridesharing has become a common transportation method, there has been around a 3% increase in annual traffic fatalities. That fact is enough to pose genuine concerns about the safety of ride sharing. There were 32,885 fatalities in 2010. By 2016, that number rose to 37,461. When you consider that Uber was founded in 2009 and Lyft was founded in 2012, you can easily see that there is likely a correlation between these services and an increase in traffic deaths.
There is some dispute as to whether a decrease in drunk drivers on the roads due to rideshare service availability has made the roads safer than they would have been otherwise. Yet, there is no denying that significantly more fatal accidents have occurred since rideshare services became ubiquitous in many areas of the U.S.
Regardless of how safe or unsafe rideshares are, at the end of the day, if you’re injured while taking a ride, you may choose to pursue legal action. The time you have to do this is limited under Kentucky law, so be sure you act quickly. Because this is such a new area of law, it’s best to work with someone familiar with the most up-to-date precedents. Seeking legal guidance can help you to explore your options and move forward with your claim as efficiently as possible.