With ridesharing apps like Uber being on rise, the number of accidents caused by Uber drivers are also increasing by the day. Although, to their credit, Uber has somewhat improved on properly vetting their drivers, the list of Uber-related accidents and damage is still very long.
What Causes All These Accidents to Occur?
The single main cause behind a majority of these accidents taking place is the distracted driver behind those wheels.
Generally speaking, distracted driving is one of the biggest reason behind accidents throughout the country. The laws against texting while driving aren’t that strict, which makes people think they can get away with it if there are no police around, which could significantly increase the risk of an accident.
Other causes behind these distractions could be conversing too much with the passenger, or listening to loud music while driving.
How are these Different to Other Transports like Taxi?
Some may argue that most of these risks are present even when you take a taxi, or ride any vehicle for that matter. But the difference is that most taxi drivers don’t operate independently like Uber drivers do.
One huge difference this makes is that the amount of rides and distance a taxi driver has to cover is closely monitored by the company to not overwork their drivers. This helps the drivers work at a pace that is suitable to stay active through their shifts.
Whereas Uber driver can take as many rides a day as they want without taking any breaks in between. They may get tired, yet end up taking more passengers. This can cause them to get sleepy and lose concentration while driving, which can quickly get dangerous.