How Common Are Rideshare Accidents?

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Rideshare options have become significantly more popular as a means for transportation in the last decade. Approximately 25% of the entire population utilizes these services once a month.

Depending on the circumstances, many people assume taking an alternative ride home is the safer and more accessible option; however, that is not always the case. While there are many benefits to using a rideshare option such as Lyft or Uber, there are also significant disadvantages. Since rideshare services have grown rapidly, it has significantly led to the risk of a rideshare accident.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business conducted a study that found a three percent increase in motor vehicle fatalities and fatal accidents with the arrival of rideshare services. In addition to these shocking statistics, Uber released a Safety Report revealing more than 36,000 fatal car crashes in 2018. As the number of rideshare options increases, it causes a surge of motor vehicle accidents claiming the lives of occupants.

Common Causes of Rideshare Collisions

Several contributing factors lead to increased motor vehicle accidents associated with rideshare vehicles, including:

  • Increased road congestion

  • Driving while fatigued

  • Distracted driving

  • Driving while impaired

  • Speeding

  • Disobeying traffic signs and signals

  • Violent acts committed by drivers

  • Driving during evening hours

The California legislature enacted Assembly Bill 5 (AB5); this bill significantly impacts ridesharing services. Often, rideshare companies attempt to classify their employees as independent contractors to avoid liability for their driver’s behaviors. However, in 2020 the California appellate court required these companies to classify their drivers as employees. Proving liability for your rideshare accident claim can be complicated. It’s crucial to speak with an attorney who understands California law and rideshare services.

Contact a Newport Beach Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer

Manning Law, APC has over 100 years of collective legal experience representing injured victims involved in a car accident. If you or a loved one were involved in a rideshare accident, we could help. Contact us today at (800) 783-5006 to discuss your options.