Top Causes of Rideshare Accidents

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November 26, 2021
Legally Reviewed By Rand Spear, Esq.


Ridesharing has increased in popularity over the last few years as Uber and Lyft provide convenient transportation options. These ridesharing options allow users to travel without having the stresses of driving, such as traffic, parking, or the responsibility of driving home after enjoying drinks. 

Despite the decreased stress of using rideshare options, Uber accidents and Lyft accidents do occur, so ridesharing has risks. Since the increase of rideshare usage in 2011, there has been an increase in traffic deaths by 2% to 3%, according to a study from the University of Chicago. Similarly to any other driver, Uber and Lyft drivers can act carelessly and become distracted.

Below are some of the top causes of rideshare car accidents:


Distracted driving is a primary cause of rideshare accidents, because Uber and Lyft drivers have more distractions than your average driver. These drivers have the rideshare application running, which tells them the passenger information, pick-up point, and drop off point. Rideshare drivers are also focused on the map displayed on their navigation system. Finally, a rideshare driver and their customers usually become engaged in conversation. Any distraction draws a driver’s attention from safe driving. Multiple distractions may increase the possibility of a motor vehicle accident.


Rideshare drivers may not be familiar with the route they’re traveling when transporting a customer. The driver’s unfamiliarity increases the chance of unsettled driving, causing slow driving, unexpected stops, and sudden turns. These unexpected maneuvers can be a rideshare accident cause.


Between the extensive hours some Lyft or Uber drivers work and the time of day some trips occur, driver fatigue is a risk when using a rideshare. Long rideshare shifts or driving as a side job means many Lyft or Uber drivers work excessive shifts. These long work hours can lead to driver fatigue. Also, many rideshare trips occur either early in the morning or late at night, which means Uber or Lyft drivers are tired while behind the wheel. According to a AAA study, driver fatigue can be as dangerous as driving under the influence!


When an Uber or Lyft picks up their passengers, they expect a quick pick-up, so the driver usually doesn’t find an actual parking spot. Rideshare drivers may choose an unsafe pick-up area, such as partially blocking off a main road or obstructing an intersection. Improvised parking can be dangerous to other vehicles or pedestrians and is another cause of an auto accident.


Whether intentional or unintentional, there is an increased risk for Lyft or Uber drivers to speed. A rideshare driver might not notice their travel speed, may be unaware of the speed limit, or may be rushing the trip to collect as many rides as possible. Speeding not only increases the risk of a rideshare accident, but it likely increases the damage.


While Lyft and Uber have initial vehicle maintenance requirements to start as a driver, there is no guarantee the vehicle maintenance will be continued. Car malfunctions and vehicle maintenance problems are causes of rideshare accidents. Common vehicle maintenance issues include brake malfunctions, tire issues, and engine problems.


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