In recent years, Uber® and Lyft® have become dominant players in the transportation business by providing commuters with affordable, on-demand access to rideshare services. However, with the influx of rideshare drivers on the road—both those transporting customers or driving between fares—our roads and traffic have become more congested. Consequently, ridesharing has caused a rise in traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths on the road. Meaning, the convenience of an on-demand ride has come with a cost. If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Florida, here are some things you need to know.
Ridesharing Has Increased Auto Deaths 3% Nationwide
Recent research out of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business shows that while in 2010 the number of roadway deaths in the U.S. stood at 32,885 (the lowest level since 1949), that number increased to more than 37,400 in 2016. The author of the Chicago study found that the introduction of ride-hailing services in 2011 accounted for a roughly 3 percent (3%) annual increase in auto deaths nationwide, or 987 people each year. According to the study, the documented increase in accidents persists and is projected to increase over time not only for accidents occurring on the weekend days and nights but also the weekdays and weeknights.
The Chicago Booth study incorporated statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well. By analyzing accident rates in major cities where rideshare apps are more frequently used and comparing them to the total number of vehicle miles traveled nationwide, researchers compiled the following results from their rideshare study:
- About 1,000 fatal car accidents are due to the increase of rideshare services every day.
- Of the 107 fatalities involving a rideshare driver between 2017 and 2018:
- 21% of the deaths were passengers;
- 21% were rideshare drivers; and
- 58% were third parties.
Uber/Lyft Accident Statistics in Florida
Looking to the Florida Highway and Safety Motor Vehicle's Crash Dashboard for 2022, the FHSMV reported 249,118 injuries from accidents in Florida in 2022 and 3,479 car accident fatalities. Assuming rideshare accidents were accountable for only 3% of those fatalities, that would mean Uber/Lyft accidents caused over 100 auto accident deaths in Florida in 2022. These statistics apply whether you are a rideshare driver, passenger, or driver in a third-party car involved in a collision with a rideshare vehicle.
Have You Been Involved in an Uber/Lyft Accident?
Recovering the compensation you are owed if you have been involved in an Uber/Lyft accident can be complicated. The rideshare company responsible will have many insurance adjusters and attorneys working for their best interest. You deserve an experience, aggressive insurance team like our experienced car accident attorneys at Taylor, Warren, Weidner & Hancock fighting for you.
We never charge any fee or cost or require any obligation to simply review your claim and answer any questions you may have. If you then decide to hire our firm to help you, our attorneys will personally manage your claim, conduct a thorough investigation, assess liability for the rideshare accident that caused your injuries, and investigate all of your compensation possibilities. Do not become a statistic if you or a loved one has been harmed in an Uber or Lyft accident. Contact us to find out how we can assist you.