When you’re planning on using a rideshare service, everyone has a different method of choosing. You may be loyal to a specific company because you like their app or it’s what you’ve always used. Or, you might bounce back and forth in order to find the best deal. Regardless of whether you choose Lyft or Uber, it’s likely you’re aware of the possible dangers of getting into a car with a rideshare driver – as stories are all over the news.
You may have noticed that Uber accidents seem more common than crashes involving Lyft vehicles. A number of factors affect how these companies are portrayed in the media and why people are more aware of Uber wrecks. It’s important to note, however, that Uber and Lyft have not released data for accident rates, so it’s difficult to determine just how frequently rideshare accidents occur.
Availability: Uber vs. Lyft
One of the reasons Uber accidents appear to happen more often than Lyft crashes are because Uber services are more available. Uber is currently available in 65 countries and over 600 cities worldwide. Approximately 15 million Uber trips are taken on a daily basis. It’s also estimated that over five billion trips have been completed across the globe since the company began offering rideshare services. Uber continues to expand rapidly, with over 41 million users just in the United States as of March 2018.
Lyft is currently only in 300 cities across the United States and Canada. It’s estimated that 2.6 billion rides were taken in 2017 in the United States. It’s expected that the annual number of rides will increase every year. Lyft users, however, tend to access the service less frequently than those who are loyal to the Uber app. This is attributed to the trustworthy factor, as more people are skeptical when it comes to trusting the app and the drivers.
Uber and Lyft in the Media
When Lyft was founded in 2012, Uber had already been an established international brand since its founding in 2009. While Uber began as a black car service, Lyft was marketed to appeal to younger generations.
While Uber’s market share currently accounts for approximately 71 percent of the ridesharing market, Lyft’s market share is around 25 percent. Because Uber is dominating the market, they are in the media more often. News reports tend to revolve around accidents, injuries, and fatalities, as opposed to brand innovations or expanding technologies.
Uber scandals involving sexual harassment claims, executive changes, self-driving car accidents, and attacked riders flooded the media in 2017, as Lyft was beginning to take off. Even when accidents happened with Lyft, they were not as reported because the focus was on Uber. Even though the negative news coverage helped Lyft grow, Uber was already well-established and able to work to repair their image.
As Lyft becomes more popular, news stories are popping up in regard to accidents and rideshare users who have been injured by negligent drivers; however, many of the news stories are paired in conjunction with an Uber story. As Lyft continues to grow, this is likely to change and more accidents may be reported more accurately.
Rideshare Innovations and Expansions
As both companies continue to expand, Uber and Lyft are offering users new services and developing new technologies. The companies are working on self-driving car networks. Uber’s focus is on building safe, reliable, and cost-effective technologies. There have been accidents and fatalities involving self-driving Ubers, however. With Lyft, they are hoping to reduce accident rates, eliminate traffic jams, and reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
In addition to their autonomous vehicles, Lyft has also started to offer scooters in certain cities. These vehicles can travel up to 15 mph and are generally cheaper than hailing a rideshare vehicle. Uber, however, has a significant number of expansions they’re rolling out in addition to self-driving cars. Uber Eats, Uber Freight, Uber Business, Uber Health, Uber Bike, and Uber Elevate are all projects in the works to expand the company. It’s likely people will hear more about Uber accidents compared to Lyft because of the number of services they’re offering.
No matter what rideshare service you choose, accidents are possible. Dealing with the ramifications of an accident that wasn’t your fault while trying to focus on recovery can be challenging. At the Rideshare Law Group, our nationwide lawyers are dedicated to helping rideshare accident victims recover compensation for what they lost in the crash. We understand how intimidating it can be to go up against a big company like Uber or Lyft, but we have the experience and knowledge needed to build our clients strong cases. To learn more about your options, schedule your free case evaluation today.