At least 36% of Americans used Uber, Lyft and other rideshare services in 2019 compared to 18% of passengers who used these services in 2015. In many situations, such as being too drunk to drive, using a rideshare is a safer option. But riders should take precautions if they use these services.
Most rideshare trips, 99% for Uber and Lyft trips occurring between 2017 and 2019, occurred without reports of critical safety issues. Riders, however, should take precautions while using rideshare services against the risks of motor vehicle accidents and other dangers.
Rideshare apps allow users to call a vehicle that transports them to a specific destination with a few clicks. Only 3% of Americans were unaware of ridesharing services.
There were 20 fatalities and 3,824 sexual assaults reported on Uber trips in 2019 and 2020, according to the Uber U.S. Safety Report. From 2017 to 2019, according to the Lyft Community Safety Report, Lyft had 10 reports of physical assaults that ended in death and 1,096 sexual assault reports.
Passengers can take precautions to help increase their safety while using these services:
Drivers can also help protect themselves by taking these steps:
Attorneys can help vehicle accident victims seek compensation for their injuries. They can assist them with gathering evidence and representing their interest in court or settlement negotiations.
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