Created with the best of intentions, ridesharing apps for services such as Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity over the last several years. Designed to keep unsafe drivers off the road or give options to those without their own vehicles, these services have performed admirably. Unfortunately, the removal of one negative factor often means the introduction of others.
Data suggests that the introduction of ridesharing services to a region often leads to a decrease in DUI and drunk driving-related collisions. Unfortunately, certain other factors could lead to an unexpected increase in collisions for other reasons, including:
- Pick-up and drop-off locations: While every situation is unique, it is not uncommon for individuals to hire a ride to take them to a popular destination. Whether this is a night club, shopping mall, sporting event or airport, it is likely that there is a crowd of other vehicles in the area. This increase in traffic can lead to an increase in collisions as drivers jockey for position.
- Long hours and distractions: This, unfortunately, is two problems rolled into one. The drivers themselves often introduce negative factors to the experience. From drivers working long hours – usually between two jobs – to drivers passing the time behind the wheel with multitasking activities, ridesharing drivers are not immune to fatigue and negligence.
- Traffic congestion: The very nature of ridesharing services means that individuals who would not have otherwise had access to a vehicle now find themselves on the road. Whether through disability, age or chemical impairment, drivers who would have taken public transportation or carpooled with other people can now schedule their own personal ride. Put simply, more cars on the road leads to more collisions.
There are countless factors that impact the potentially catastrophic results of a motor vehicle collision. From the vehicles involved to the speeds at which they were traveling, a crash can result in broken bones, burn injuries, brain damage or spinal cord trauma.