While ridesharing has changed the way we get around in Reading and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it has not come without some serious problems. Not only can passengers using Uber or Lyft get hurt in car crashes, but they can also get assaulted by ridesharing drivers. Additionally, ridesharing drivers can be more reckless than other drivers, putting innocent people on the road at risk.
The dangers are far more significant than you may think.
Ridesharing Car Accidents
Drivers for Lyft or Uber make a set amount of money per ride, depending on how far the trip will be. Getting to the destination as quickly as possible is critical for drivers who want to pick up the next ride, so it should come as no surprise that many of them speed and take risks that put other people on the road at risk.
While studies have come to conflicting or even contradictory results about how often Uber and Lyft drivers cause car crashes, there is no question that the number of accidents and the number of road fatalities has increased since ridesharing became popular. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found a 7.2% increase in the number of road fatalities between 2014 and 2015, and then another 5.6% between 2015 and 2016, the growing years for Uber and Lyft. One study estimated 2% to 3% of those crashes were because of ridesharing.
Even if ridesharing drivers are equally as safe as normal drivers, the convenience of ridesharing increases the number of vehicles on the roads and the number of miles traveled, each of which comes with an attendant increase in the number of car wrecks.
Assaults by Ridesharing Drivers
Passengers in ridesharing vehicles are not just at risk of a crash; they are also at risk of an assault by their Uber or Lyft driver.
Many ridesharing passengers use Lyft or Uber to get home after a night of partying. In fact, ridesharing companies tout themselves as a way to avoid a drunk driving arrest and market themselves aggressively as a way for intoxicated people to get home safely.
Unfortunately, when inebriated people use a rideshare to get home, the driver that picks them up is put in a position of power. Over a hundred cases have come to light of Lyft or Uber drivers sexually assaulting or raping their passengers. Many of these cases involve a female passenger returning home after a night of partying, falling asleep in the back of the car, and waking up to find herself being assaulted or raped by the driver. In some cases, the driver followed the woman into her house to assault her.
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers at The Brod Law Firm
If you get hurt while using a rideshare like Uber or Lyft, you deserve compensation. The personal injury lawyers at The Brod Law Firm can help you fight for it. Regardless of whether you were hurt in an accident or if a ridesharing driver assaulted you, call The Brod Law Firm in Philadelphia at 855-BRODLAW or contact them online.