A study recently found that ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft significantly lowered drunk driving deaths in California. Evidence of the reduction in drunk driving deaths may provide ride-sharing companies with more access into new markets around the world.
Researchers at Temple University recently released a study that showed that the entry of Uber into markets in California between 2009 and 2014 has correlated with a drop as high as 5.6 percent in drunk-driving deaths. Researchers looked at the entire state of California, and found that Uber’s least expensive service, UberX, significantly reduced the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths throughout the state. The greatest impact was in larger cities.
The results of this study are similar to the results of a study that Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) had previously done. That study looked at Uber’s impact in several major cities. In Miami, Uber ridership peaks at the same time as drunk-driving crashes typically occur. In Seattle, when Uber entered into the market, there was a 10 percent decrease in DUI arrests. In Pittsburgh, the demand for Uber spikes at the time that bars close.
It’s great that a company can do so much to decrease the number of drunk driving accidents. However, far too many drunk driving accidents occur every day across the country. If you have been involved in a drunk driving accident, you have legal rights against the driver. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on LinkedIn to learn more. We will be happy to provide you with a free consultation on your case.