1 in 4 car accidents in Boston last year involved Uber or Lyft drivers

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According to recently released data, Uber and Lyft drivers were involved in 1,098 accidents in the city of Boston last year, accounting for about a quarter of all motor vehicle collisions in the city.

StreetsBlog Mass reports that according to recent data released by a government agency that regulates the app-based ridesharing companies, Uber and Lyft drivers were involved in 1,098 crashes in the city of Boston last year. This accounts for about a quarter of all motor vehicle collisions in the city.

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This year, for the first time, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities released an annual data report on Uber and Lyft’s operations in the state. One column of data in the report spreadsheet counted the number of accidents involving the companies’ drivers.

The 2021 report indicates that Uber and Lyft drivers were involved in 2,267 crashes in Massachusetts in 2021. Nearly half of those crashes, 1,098, occurred in Boston.

This roughly equates to the proportion of the companies’ operations that take place in Boston compared to the rest of the state, given that 46 percent of all Uber or Lyft trips in Massachusetts took place in the city of Boston last year.

But the data also seems to show that Uber and Lyft drivers are significantly more likely to be involved in an accident in Boston than anywhere else in Massachusetts. The MassDOT crash database recorded 124,577 crashes in the state in 2021. This means that crashes involving an Uber or Lyft driver accounted for about two percent of the total number of crashes in the state last year. That’s a long way from the nearly one in four figure within the Boston city limits.

In a statement on the numbers, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) said that “the city of Boston is prioritizing safer streets for everyone. This starts with redesigning streets to reduce risks and discourage unsafe driving. While most of our street design changes are designed to deliver broad safety benefits, strong curb management is especially important for the safe operation of TNCs (i.e., Uber and Lyft) and other gig-economy companies operating on our streets.”

Read more here at StreetsBlog Mass.

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News on issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan

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