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New Study Links Ridesharing to More Accident Injuries

Published on Apr 7, 2020 at 7:50 am in Rideshare Accidents.

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According to a new study from researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, ride-hailing trips increase the number of crashes for pedestrians and motorists at pick-up and drop-off locations.

This study is the first to use data from individual Uber and Lyft trips, as opposed to comparing cities where ridesharing is available to those where it’s not. The study is published in the Injury Prevention journal.

How Does the Concept of Negligence Apply to a Rideshare Accident?

Published on Aug 26, 2019 at 9:16 am in Rideshare Accidents.

When you order an Uber or Lyft, you expect to get to your destination safely and efficiently. Unfortunately, not all rides end as they should. If you were in a rideshare accident, you can hire a lawyer to help you seek compensation for your losses related to the accident. Proving fault with a rideshare crash can be challenging, but your attorney can investigate your situation. In some cases, they may be able to apply the concept of negligence to the event.

What is Negligence?

Negligence refers to the legal cause of damage. If a person fails to use reasonable care, does something that a reasonably prudent person would not do, or departs from what a reasonable member of a community would do in that same community and someone is injured as a result, their actions or inactions can be classified as negligent.

Uber Not Criminally Charged After 2018’s Tempe Self-Driving Crash

Published on May 15, 2019 at 2:49 pm in Rideshare Accidents.

On March 4, 2019, prosecutors in Arizona from the Yavapai County Attorney’s office said they had not found evidence to charge Uber for any crime related to the accident in Tempe, where one of the company’s autonomous vehicles hit and killed a pedestrian.

On March 18, 2019, Elaine Herzberg was hit by one of Uber’s self-driving Volvo sport utility vehicles. The SUV was traveling about 40 miles per hour. At the time, Herzberg had been walking her bicycle across the street at night. Even though the car was driving itself, there was a safety driver in the driver’s seat. When the crash occurred, the safety driver was streaming a television show on her phone. While she grabbed the steering wheel to swerve at the last second, she did not start braking until after impact.

According to Study, Ridesharing Has Increased Traffic Fatalities by 2-3%

Published on Apr 25, 2019 at 12:53 pm in Rideshare Accidents.

When rideshare services like Uber and Lyft first became popular around 2010, they changed how many individuals were transported in cities and towns on a daily basis. Instead of walking or taking public transportation, people starting using ridesharing apps to order rides. While passengers have generally benefited from the services, there are significant costs associated with ridesharing. Among those costs is an increase in the loss of human life – particularly in big cities.

Economists associated with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business published a study called “The Cost of Convenience: Ridesharing and Traffic Fatalities.” According to that study, ridesharing is associated with an increase of two to three percent of fatal traffic accidents and car accident fatalities. This includes vehicle occupants, pedestrians, cyclists, and bystanders.