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 accidents in the city.
StreetsBlog Mass reports that Uber and Lyft drivers were involved in 1,098 accidents in the city of Boston last year, according to recent data released by a state agency that regulates app-based ridesharing. That accounts for about a quarter of all car accidents in the city.
This year, for the first time, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities released an annual data report on Uber and Lyft activity across the state. A column of data in the reporting table counted the number of accidents involving the companies’ drivers.
The 2021 report shows that Uber and Lyft drivers were involved in 2,267 accidents across Massachusetts in 2021. Almost half of those accidents, 1,098, occurred in Boston.
That roughly equates to the proportion of the company’s business that takes place in Boston compared to the rest of the state, as 46 percent of all Uber or Lyft rides in Massachusetts last year began in the city of Boston.
But the data also appears to show that Uber and Lyft drivers in Boston are significantly more likely to be involved in an accident than anywhere else in Massachusetts. The MassDOT accident database recorded 124,577 accidents in the state in 2021. That means crashes involving an Uber or Lyft driver accounted for about 2 percent of the state’s total crashes last year. That’s a far cry from the nearly a quarter of the number within Boston’s city limits.
In a statement accompanying the numbers, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) said that “the City of Boston prioritizes safer streets for all. This starts with redesigning roads to reduce risk and discourage unsafe driving. While most of our street design changes are designed to deliver broad safety benefits, strong curb management is particularly important to the safe operation of TNCs (i.e. Uber and Lyft) and other gig economy companies operating on our streets.”
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