Rideshare giants Uber and Lyft often highlight their role in enhancing street safety, arguing that their services contribute to a reduction in drunk driving incidents and subsequent accidents. However, research results present a mixed picture. A 2016 study from the American Journal of Epidemiology found that Uber does not significantly impact drunk driving fatalities, while a 2018 joint study by the University of Chicago and Rice University suggested that Uber may have led to an increase in traffic deaths since its inception.

One theory attributing to this rise is the surge in traffic congestion caused by the presence of Uber and Lyft. Some cities, like New York, have responded by imposing restrictions on the number of rideshare vehicles allowed on their roads. In contrast, California has yet to implement such measures. Consequently, not only do Uber and Lyft drivers contribute to road congestion during passenger transport, but they also worsen traffic while traveling to pick up passengers. If you’ve suffered injuries in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, contact the rideshare attorneys at The Law Offices of David Azizi for a complimentary consultation.

How pervasive are Uber and Lyft?

Uber and Lyft have revolutionized transportation, diminishing the once-dominant taxi market to a mere 2% share. Key statistics include:

  • Uber represents 68% of all consumer trips in passenger vehicles.
  • Lyft, steadily rising, accounts for about 29% of all rides.
  • Uber averaged 41.8 million monthly users in 2018.
  • Lyft averaged 23 million monthly users in 2018.
  • Men slightly favor Uber over Lyft (52% to 48%), while women show a stronger preference for Lyft (64% to 35%).
  • Individuals aged 16-24 form the largest user group for Uber (37%), while those aged 25-34 are the primary users of Lyft.

Driver Statistics for Uber and Lyft

  • In 2017, there were 1.4 million Lyft drivers.
  • Uber, operating in 63 countries, claims 3.9 million drivers as per their website.
  • Though both Uber and Lyft drivers tend to be under 50, there has been an increase in drivers near retirement age (62).
  • 75% of Lyft drivers reported satisfaction in 2018, while 58% of Uber drivers expressed satisfaction.
  • In April 2019, Lyft announced enhanced background checks, following Uber’s similar initiative in 2018. Both companies now conduct continuous criminal background checks and yearly screenings.

Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident? Contact The Law Offices of David Azizi Immediately!

Despite regulations, accidents involving rideshare companies persist. Whether you were a pedestrian, a rideshare passenger, or another party, if you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, call The Law Offices of David Azizi today for a complimentary consultation. Rideshare laws are evolving, and with our expertise in handling complex cases, we can help you secure the fair compensation you deserve.

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