Transparency Responsibility of Rideshare Companies

Uber Accident Attorney in Las Vegas, NV

Ridesharing has become ubiquitous in our everyday lives in the same manner that taxis used to be. But unlike taxi companies, ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber have managed to avoid legal hurdles and regulations by exploiting some loopholes. The result is that the conditions of daily traffic is negatively influenced by ridesharing’s non-regulation and lack of reprimands leaving Uber accident law firms in Las Vegas, Nevada with a lot of work to do. While rideshare company Uber has released its seemingly exonerating U.S. Safety Report there are some exclusions within it that raise eyebrows.

In summary, the report mentions that in 2018 there were 58 fatalities over 1.3 billion miles traveled in service of Uber. In 2017, there were 49 over 8.2 billion miles traveled. The national average is about 1.1 per 100 million which makes Uber look good by comparison given that this means they see half the amount of fatalities that we see on a national level.

This is all good and well, but it begs the question as to why there are only fatal accidents and no data for non-fatal accidents in its report. The vast majority of accidents are thankfully, non-fatal, and as all state governments are each trying to put together initiatives and campaigns to decrease the amount of pedestrian and driver related accidents, it becomes difficult to assess how rideshares should be regulated when they don’t include themselves in the equation.

And on that note, it should also be mentioned the amount of miles traveled could be inflated by the fact that drivers could be “deadheading,” the practice of driving around while waiting to be hailed by a new client. After all, 58 over 1.3 billion sounds far more attractive than 58 over 500 million.

The mechanics behind the system of ridesharing in general is different in such a manner that it influences traffic conditions. This especially considering that while Uber may be low in the rare fatal crash, the amount of non-fatal collisions that are devastating enough to put someone in the hospital could be significantly higher. It’s the reason that there’s become such a demand for Uber accident law firms in Las Vegas, Nevada to begin with.

If Uber, isn’t willing to make itself accountable for any non-fatal accidents that occur in its service, then the amount of personal injury cases filed against them could continue to pile up.