Ridesharing has increased the amount of auto accidents and thereby, the risk for personal injury. If people spend more time in their cars, their chance of having an auto accident increases, as, nationwide, “the arrival of ride sharing is associated with an increase of 2-3% in the number of motor vehicle fatalities and fatal accidents” (“The Meteoric Rise of Uber and Lyft May Have Spurred a Deadly Outcome, According to New Research.” Business Insider, 25 October 2018). Uber and Lyft dominate the ride sharing market share, as they vie for the rider’s attention. However, they see the need to keep their employees protected. Moreover, they realize their larger obligation to their customers, the riders; insurance for ride sharing has just recently been made available in 2015, because “closing insurance gaps in ride-sharing coverage is essential to making sure passengers, other drivers and pedestrians are protected when ride-sharing vehicles are on the road” (California, State of. “New Insurance Rules for Ride-Share Companies and Drivers Take Effect Today.” CA Department of Insurance, 1 July 2015). While protection for the parties and vehicles involved is necessary, it is equally necessary to drive with precaution, and to have knowledge of your options if in an accident. Understand that driving is a serious obligation for the driver. Make informed decisions regarding the safety of yourself and others. Drive safe!
California, State of. “New Insurance Rules for Ride-Share Companies and Drivers Take Effect Today.” CA Department of Insurance, 1 July 2015, www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/archives/release067-15.cfm.
“The Meteoric Rise of Uber and Lyft May Have Spurred a Deadly Outcome, According to New Research.” Business Insider, 25 October 2018, https://www.businessinsider.com/uber-lyft-ride-hailing-increases-fatal-car-accidents-new-research-shows-2018-10.