According to a new survey published by DriversEd.com, an alarming number of rideshare drivers practice dangerous behaviors while transporting passengers. The survey focuses on the two most popular rideshare services in the country, Uber and Lyft.
The organization surveyed 553 adults across the United States who reported riding in an Uber or Lyft within the past 12 months and asked them to report on their drivers’ behaviors. More specifically, the report looks at instances of reckless driving, texting, social media, road rage, inappropriate behavior, impaired driving, and video watching.
According to those surveyed:
- 35% felt their rideshare driver was reckless. Reckless driving behaviors include speeding, disregarding traffic signals, and improper merges or turns.
- 29% said they witnessed their driver reading or responding to texts while driving.
- According to 16%, they’ve seen their driver check one or more social media accounts en route.
- 15% say they’ve seen a rideshare driver get road rage, which includes behaviors like yelling, inappropriate hand gestures, tailgating, and passing illegally.
- 13% said they had a driver who spoke or acted inappropriately.
- 12% suspected their driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- 8% said they witnessed their driver watching a video on their phone behind the wheel.
According to Cleveland, Ohio’s 19 News, Lyft responded to the DriversEd.com survey by saying, “Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and we encourage drivers to use phone mounts, focus on the road, and stay fully aware of their surroundings while driving on our platform. If riders ever have concerns about distracted driving, our Trust & Safety team is available 24/7 to investigate reports and take the appropriate action to keep the Lyft community safe.” Uber has yet to respond to the survey.
Both Uber and Lyft enforce safety measures that support the protection of passengers, like background checks on drivers, GPS tracking, and in-app emergency help. Riders have the option of terminating a ride at any point and making an official report to the rideshare company to inform them of the driver’s behavior.
Even with support and safety features from rideshare companies, passengers are at risk of severe injury or death if their drivers act negligently behind the wheel. If you’ve been in an Uber or Lyft accident and believe your driver is to blame, you have legal rights and options that can help you get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and losses and get your life back in order. To learn more about how the Rideshare Law Group helps accident victims around the country, contact us today.