In lieu of taxicabs, many New Yorkers nowadays count on Uber and other ridesharing services to get around the city. As a result, there are more car accidents involving these for-hire vehicles than ever before. Statistics show from July 2014 to June 2016, accidents involving ridesharing vehicles have more than tripled from 534 to 1,672.
On the other hand, the number of yellow cab accidents appears to be decreasing. The number of cab drivers involved in an accident has gone from 1,168 in July 2014 to 1,054 in June 2016.
The TLC is the Taxi & License Commission. Car crashes involving TLC-licensed automobiles have also increased. Black cars have been involved in over 9,000 accidents since January, which is over two times as many as last year during the same time period. Fender-benders in particular have increased, which impacted the total significantly.
The increase in TLC crashes and ridesharing accidents has a lot to do with distracted driving. Many of these drivers work for multiple companies and have multiple electronic devices while on the road. However, the TLC notes that the data includes drivers that were innocent participants or victims, as well as those who were responsible for the crash.
Taxi companies also believe that black car app companies are less regulated than taxi companies, and therefore attract more dangerous drivers. There is also a surplus of black cars leading to congestion and chaos on the roadways. By putting a cap on the number of black cars and more regulations and training for black cars and ridesharing services, the number of accidents may decrease. For now however, many New Yorkers continue to get hurt or killed in these accidents. If you were a passenger involved in a ridesharing or black car accident, filing a lawsuit against your driver or other drivers involved may be the best way for you to recover damages for your injuries.
Source: New York Post, "With more ride-sharing apps, crashes are skyrocketing," Yuav Gonen, Danielle Furfaro and Chris Perez, Aug. 25, 2016