And anyone who has clenched the side of a cab while their driver sped down
But exactly how many traffic accidents involving a rideshare vehicle or taxi happened in
You can (absolutely not) rest easy knowing that if you're in an accident while in a rideshare vehicle or taxi, it's probably not noted as such. At least, not in an official sense.
"There is no check box designating rideshare vehicles or taxicabs on the traffic crash report," said
Estrada said the distinction that a vehicle involved a traffic accident is a rideshare or taxi likely would be documented in the narrative or license plate portion of the report. And while there is a check box for "commercial vehicle" on the crash report, it's meant to designate shuttle buses, charter buses or large vans used to transport large numbers of people. Taxis and rideshare vehicles wouldn't fall under that category.
"Taxicabs are easier to identify and document on the traffic crash report because of their specially issued
Because of this lack of a check box, Estrada said that without going back and reviewing every report, there is no way to generate the metrics I requested.
Luckily, every crash report issued by the police is also sent to the
In 2014, there were 4,129 crashes involving taxis in
I also reached out to
I did discover that both companies offer insurance for their drivers using the platform. The insurance provided and amount of coverage varies depending on which stage of a ride the driver is in.
Both rideshare services offer an insurance policy with
"What I can tell you is that the safety of our community is our top priority,"
"Riders rate their driver and vice versa, and can provide feedback to
Maybe it's just me, but it seems bizarre that with the large number of Chicagoans who use these modes of transportation, little to no accident data is readily available--even just for safety's sake.
@RianneCoale -- [email protected]
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