Generally speaking, ridesharing is more than 99.99 percent safe whether you’re using Uber or Lyft. However, issues do occur. In 2019 and 2020, for example, there were over 4,800 safety incidents during U.S. Lyft and Uber rides.1 But out of billions of trips total, these companies have safety incident rates of 0.0005 percent and 0.0003 percent, respectively.2
The Risks of Ridesharing
Ridesharing comes with risks like sexual assault, car crashes, traffic fatalities, and physical assault. In the most recent data, Uber had lower rates in all categories when compared to Lyft, except for physical assault.
|Safety issue, 2019-2020
||Number of Lyft incidents
||Percentage of all Lyft trips
||Number of Uber incidents
||Percentage of all Uber trips
||Difference, Lyft vs. Uber
|Sexual assault (includes the below)
|Attempted nonconsensual sexual penetration
|Nonconsensual kissing of a sexual body part
|Nonconsensual kissing of a non-sexual body part
|Nonconsensual sexual penetration
|Nonconsensual touching of a sexual body part
|Physical assault fatalities
|Motor vehicle fatalities
Overall, in 2019 and 2020, Uber’s safety incident rate was 46 percent lower than Lyft’s.
One of the ways these rideshare companies keep their safety incident rates low is by screening drivers.
- Uber: Every Uber driver in the U.S. is required to complete a background check before they drive for the company. Uber vets its current drivers annually and asks drivers to take selfies to confirm their identities frequently.
- Lyft: Similarly, Lyft performs background checks before drivers can start, as well as on an annual basis. The company continuously monitors its drivers for criminal convictions and requires drivers to take a safety program with RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, which fights sexual assault.3