It is no secret that Uber has significantly changed the transportation trends that we once knew. Instead of hiring a taxi, borrowing the family vehicle, or calling a friend, people are increasingly turning to Uber.
While ride-sharing services are convenient and accessible, ride-hailing has its risks. Many saw Uber and other ride-sharing services as contributors to heavier traffic and an increase in car accidents. Finally, Uber has released its first safety report.
The company released the report on December 5, 2019. In the report, the company shared data on motor vehicle fatalities, car accidents, fatal physical assault and sexual assault. To compile the report, the company took internal data and compared it to national reports. The safety report examined 2017 and 2018.
According to the report, there were 97 fatal car accidents and 107 total deaths. In 2017, there were 0.59 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled and in 2018 there were 0.57 per 100 million miles. To compare the national average stands at 1.1 per 100 million. These numbers represent “Uber-related” fatalities.
Overall, the number of fatalities is lower than the national average. However, the report does not mention non-fatal accidents. The company claims that collecting this data is difficult.
The reports states that most Uber-related fatalities occurred at lower speeds than the national average. Most of fatal accidents occurred in 30 to 35 mph zones. Uber crashes were also more likely to happen at night in lighted urban areas.
One of the biggest problems with the safety report is the definition of “Uber-related” crashes. According to the report, “Uber-related” includes crashes involving drivers who are picking up a passenger or a passenger is in the car. No data is available for accidents where the Uber driver is offline, or driving around waiting for a passenger.
While the report is a good sign, more is left desired. Passenger and driver safety is at stake. Transparency is key.
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