Lyft & Uber Reject Transportation Safety Study, Researchers Support Congestion Pricing

While various difficult-to-measure factors — from the increase in ridership to ride share drivers distracted by their smartphone GPS — may be contributing to more accidents, the key takeaway is there is a net increase of fatalities, and its happening primarily in big cities, according to Forbes.

The researchers indicated its not just that there are more cars on city streets with ride sharing, but pedestrian and cyclist safety is being affected, as well. With Uber and Lyft drivers traveling 500 million miles per month (by 2016 estimates), the researchers say the loss of life is a $10 billion drag on the economy — based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s statistical value of a life.