Is Uber Safer Than a Regular Taxi?


In 2010, Uber launched its ride-sharing app, revolutionizing the taxi service/ridesharing industry, and since, it has recognized tremendous growth. As of 2019, Uber has nearly 4 million drivers and 75 million riders worldwide. However, this sensational growth might hit a bump in the road because of increasing safety concerns. High-profile cases of assault and word-of-mouth anecdotes have many wondering how safe Uber’s ridesharing service is.

In the U.S., Uber drivers and taxi drivers have similar background and credential checks, however, depending on the state, Uber drivers are not put through the same level of drug and alcohol testing as taxi drivers. Uber drivers aren’t monitored as frequently as taxi drivers, so a misdemeanor might go unchecked; Uber drivers can have alcohol in their bloodstream as long as it’s under the legal limit—taxi drivers can’t. Uber requires drivers to use newer models of cars than taxi companies do, but they do maintenance checks on the cars less frequently than taxi companies.

How Accountable Is Uber?

Because Uber drivers use private cars, they are also able to fly under the radar of the rules that apply to professional drivers, making Uber drivers less accountable. Taxi drivers undergo frequent monitoring, while the assessment of Uber drivers is said to be a one-off check. Besides, taxi drivers guilty of a misdemeanor suffer quick penalties and possible suspension, but a misdemeanor by an Uber driver, who is not registered under any federal or state body, may never be exposed.

A big percent of Uber Drivers are part-time employees. After long hours of work, they take the road to make a few extra bucks, without considering that their attention span is highly-reduced and their crashes and accidents are higher than those suffered by professional taxi drivers.

Uber Fatal Crashes Stats

The actual numbers are that in 2017, there were 49 “Uber-related” fatalities over 8.2 billion miles, or approximately 0.59 per 100 million miles traveled; in 2018, there were 58 over 1.3 billion or about 0.57 per 100 million miles. The national average is more than 1.1 per 100 million, so Uber sees about half as many fatalities per mile overall.

But there is no mention whatsoever of non-fatal accidents. These are more difficult to track and categorize, but it seems odd not to include them at all. If the rates of Ubers getting into fender-benders or serious crashes where someone breaks an arm are lower than the national average, as one might expect from the fatality rates, why not say so?

But about the price?

You can call your preferred taxi company and negotiate the price. However, you cannot do so with Uber rides

What is next?

Self-driving Cars

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