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While Ridesharing Decreases DUI Accidents, The Average Number Of Accidents Have Increased

While taxis may be the ubiquitous mode of transportation in New York City, other services like Uber and Lyft are quickly overtaking the familiar yellow cabs. According to data in April of 2016, TLC reported that yellow taxis reported providing 60,000 fewer trips per day in January of the same year. Over the same time frame, Uber reported providing 70,000 more trips. Between 2015 and 2016, Uber grew from 12,000  to 30,000 dispatched vehicles. Lyft accounted for another 10,000 vehicles during this time frame. With the rise of ridesharing, it has been posited that the number of crash injuries for pedestrians and motorists has increased, as SciTechDaily reports. 

According to research conducted at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, ride-hailing trips increase the number of crashes for pedestrians and motorists at pickup and drop-off locations. 

The data from 372 million ride-hailing trips between 2017 and 2018 in New York City was utilized to identify the locations where crashes occurred. Scientists calculated the number of ridesharing trips that originated at the same time as the crash. They then compared this ride-hailing data to the same statistics for the location one week before and one week after the time of the accident. The results indicated that increases in the number of ride-hailing were linked to an increase in the number of crashes. 

One of the authors of the research study, Christopher Morrison, Ph.D., said that it appeared that services like Uber and Lyft reduced the number of alcohol-related crashes, but had no effect on the overall number of crashes.

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