Fatal traffic accidents have dropped significantly since the 1980s. In 2010, the lowest number of accidents was reported since the 1940s. However, this trend reversed in 2014 when ride-sharing services became popular in American cities.
Researchers compared accident figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with those supplied by Uber and Lyft when they began their services. Researchers also reviewed gas consumption from those drivers, miles driven, time spent in traffic and new cars that were registered. It was generally discovered that fatal accidents rose after ride-sharing began in a city.
The rise in accidents was centered in large and highly-populated cities, impoverished cities, and areas where public transportation is used more often. Researchers believe that fatal accidents rose as more people changed from public transit to ride-sharing services.
Researchers admitted that their work alone was unlikely to fully explain the recent change in accident trends. They also said that ride-sharing provides additional options for consumers and jobs with flexibility for drivers.
Critics argue that this study did not address important issues. They cited low gas prices, especially in 2014 when accident rates were beginning to rise, which usually increases driving. Rural areas also had large increases in accident rates, even though ride-sharing services do not operate in rural areas.
Commercial accident victims should seek immediate legal representation. An attorney can help assure that they pursue compensation for serious injuries.