While people choose to utilize rideshare services like Uber and Lyft for ease and cost benefits, there is a huge benefit to using rideshare companies that often goes unmentioned: the prevention of drunk driving.
These transportation companies have utterly transformed the way that people get around in urban and suburban areas throughout the country. A trip from a downtown bar to your home a few miles away may have cost somewhere around $30 several years ago.
Thanks to these transportation network companies (TNCs), fares are much lower, making them more accessible to more people. Additionally, riders are no longer surprised at their fare, anxiously watching a meter tick upward as the ride goes on. This uncertainty in ride price, as well as lack of taxis outside of downtown areas, often led people to throw in the towel and “risk it,” driving themselves home after one-too-many cocktails.
Drunk driving can absolutely ruin lives, whether it is the driver, a passenger, a pedestrian, or someone in another car on the road. The very minimum consequences of drunk driving are heavy fines, loss of license and heavy legal trouble.
Lyft and Uber have completely revolutionized the number of options intoxicated people have for getting home after a night out. For example, Miami-Dade County saw well over 1,500 yearly DUI arrests from 2013-2015. However, data collected in 2017 saw just 594 DUI arrests.
While there isn’t currently any hard data to pinpoint the exact benefits that the introduction of rideshare services has generated, statistics like these simply can’t be ignored. In 2017, the University of Pennsylvania took it upon themselves to collect hard data that would tangibly show the correlation between the establishment of rideshare services and the volume of DUIs.
The study by the University of Pennsylvania focused on four major cities where rideshare companies had launched, gone dormant and then started up again. The study saw an incredible 60% decrease in DUIs in both San Antonio, Texas and Portland, Oregon during the period where people had access to transportation network companies.
While these statistics showcase the powerful effect that rideshare offerings are having on lowering DUI rates, the introduction of ridesharing apps also brings up additional issues regarding insurance in case of an accident. The legal ramifications of the insurance-related aspects of ridesharing are an area of particular interest to any car accident attorney.
Hiring a Rideshare Accident Attorney
At Stern Law Group, we know that accidents that happen while driving for Uber or Lyft are much different than a regular accident. Uber and Lyft have their own insurance policies that will cover damage and injury to customers in the case of an accident. However, for many accidents, the drivers have to rely on their own insurance policy.
These situations can be incredibly difficult without the help of an experienced attorney. That’s why it’s always best to obtain legal advice from a ridesharing accident attorney after an accident involving a rideshare service.
If you or a loved one was injured in a ridesharing accident, contact Stern Law Group a (877) 661-9900 for a free consultation.