Car Accident Stats For UBER and LYFT

Data and research are unclear and contradictory in many cases.

One study found the introduction of Uber and ride-sharing services lowers the rate of DUIs and fatal accidents.

Uber cars were involved in more fatal car crashes than yellow taxi vehicles in New York in the latter half of 2015.

Another study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found no association between the arrival of Uber, Lyft, and others and the subsequent number of traffic fatalities.

Requirements to Become an Uber or Lyft Driver

Vehicle requirements:
  • Four-door vehicle, age varies by city (2000-2006)
Driver requirements:
  • 21 or older
  • At least one year driving experience
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Clean record with no major moving violations and few minor violations
Other requirements:
  • Proof of vehicle registration and insurance
  • Mandatory and comprehensive vehicle inspection including seat belt tests, air conditioning, windshield wipers and more
  • Tire tread test (Lyft only)
  • Mandatory criminal background checks
Vehicle requirements vary with specific Uber and Lyft services (for example, UberXL)

What to Do If You Are in an Uber or Lyft Accident

  • Ensure that you, passengers, and drivers are okay.
  • Call 911 and clearly explain the situation.
  • Even if the crash seems minor and no injuries are immediately present, a police report may still prove to be beneficial.
  • Exchange contact information with all parties.
  • Take pictures and record as much information about the accident as possible.
  • If you are an Uber or Lyft passenger, report the accident to the company through the app.
  • Notify your insurance company.
  • Contact a qualified law firm with experience fighting for compensation in Uber and Lyft accidents.