In May, surveys concluded that more than half of Americans were concerned about returning to the backseat of a rideshare vehicle. At that time, nearly a quarter surveyed planned to stop using services like Uber or Lyft entirely. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, a new survey shows that outlooks regarding using a ride-hailing service have not changed much over the past two months.
CarGurus and ADT ran similar surveys asking Americans their plans regarding transportation during and after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. CarGurus surveyed 779 people and ADT surveyed 1,005. The results were as follows:
- 7 percent of Americans surveyed plan to reduce their use of rideshares.
- 6 percent plan to cease using rideshare services entirely.
- 58 percent plan to substitute personal vehicle use for ridesharing.
- 6 percent of those surveyed report moderate to extreme concerns regarding rideshare sanitation.
- 1 percent report being moderately to extremely likely to use rideshare apps in the future.
- 3 percent plan to heavily reduce their ridership.
- 6 percent swear to never hail a rideshare vehicle again.
- For those who plan to continue using ridesharing service, the majority say they will wear a face mask, use sanitizing products after rides, and ride as a solo passenger.
- For the majority of riders to feel comfortable using a ride-hailing service, the following measures need to be in place: driver wearing a face mask, passenger wearing a face mask, sanitation of the vehicle between riders, being the sole passenger in the car, and having a partition between driver and passenger.
Based on the surveys’ results, it seems that a majority of Americans are struggling with using rideshare services—with the majority of the concerns revolving around cleanliness and sanitation. While both Uber and Lyft have implemented a number of programs to encourage and require infection mitigation tactics, those efforts do not seem to quell the many concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus.
While fewer rideshare vehicles on the road have the potential to result in fewer Uber and Lyft accidents, that doesn’t mean they still won’t happen. In the event you’re involved in a rideshare crash and believe your driver’s negligence was to blame, you may be able to file a claim to seek compensation for your losses. A lawyer from the Rideshare Law Group can evaluate your situation and determine what your best options are based on your circumstances and legal rights. Contact us today for more information.