A team composed of three researchers from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, John Barrios, Yael Hochber and Livia Hanyi Yi, released details from a draft paper they wrote. The goal of this paper is to show the direct correlation between the increase of traffic accidents and fatalities and the introduction of Uber and Lyft.
Their research shows that in 2010, shortly before Uber and Lyft came into play, the total number of traffic fatalities was at the lowest it’s been since 1949 (only 32,885 nationwide). Along with the convenience of a ridesharing app came an increase of 2-3% in motor vehicle accidents and fatalities.
The team looked into Uber and Lyft’s services in every city in the United States with a population of at least 10,000. They then took data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and noted the change in number of collisions before versus after Uber and Lyft was introduced into that specific city. They noted that fatal traffic collisions quickly increased following Uber and Lyft being implemented.
Both Uber and Lyft have already spoken out and severely pushed back on these findings, claiming they are ‘deeply flawed’ and stating they take their safety very seriously.
The paper is in the preliminary stages of publication, but once released the public will be able to decide for themselves the validity of their research findings.
Safety has always been a concern amongst passengers using these ride sharing apps. There are no drive time limitations for these drivers, so they are able do so all day and evening if they would like. Most drivers also have day jobs and choose to drive in the evening/late night for extra money creating the potential concern of sleep deprived drivers.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident involving Uber or Lyft, call today and schedule a free consultation with the lawyers and Kaire and Heffernan.