Recent data shows that Uber and Lyft driver were in 1098 Boston-area crashes last year. This accounts for about 25% of motor vehicle collisions in Boston.
StreetsBlog Mass reports that according to recent data released from a state 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 account for approximately 25% of all collisions involving motor vehicles in Boston.
This year, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities published an annual data report on Uber and Lyft activities across the state for the first time. One data column in the report spreadsheet counted the number of crashes in which the companies’ drivers were involved.
According to the report, Lyft and Uber drivers were responsible for 2,267 accidents in Massachusetts between 2021-2021. Nearly half, or 1,098, of these crashes occurred in Boston.
This roughly lines up with the proportion of the companies’ business that takes place in Boston compared to the rest of the state as 46 percent of all Uber or Lyft trips in Massachusetts originated inside the city of Boston last year.
However, the data suggests that Uber/Lyft drivers in Boston are much more likely than elsewhere in Massachusetts to be in an accident. In 2021, the MassDOT crashed database recorded 124,577 accidents in Massachusetts. This means that crashes involving an Uber or Lyft driver accounted for approximately two percent of the state’s total number of crashes last year. That’s a far cry from the almost one in four figure within Boston’s city limits.
In a statement on the numbers, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) stated that “the City of Boston prioritizes safer streets for all. This starts with redesigning streets to reduce risk and discourage unsafe driver behavior. While most of our street design changes are designed to have broad safety benefits, strong curb management is especially important for safe operation of TNCs (i.e., Uber and Lyft) and other gig-economy companies operating on our streets.”
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