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Rise of Uber has led to drop in DUI accidents

People in South Carolina may have heard of Uber, the car-sharing service that has entered the market in many major cities across the country. While Uber has long claimed that its services reduce the number of DUI accidents, research into the actual DUI rates since the implementation of Uber had not previously been studied. Recently, researchers completed a study that analyzed DUI rates in cities in which Uber has entered the market, and the results are positive.

Working at Temple University, the researchers compared DUI fatality rates both before Uber's entrance and following it. They looked at the state of California between the years of 2009 and 2014. In places with Uber, the fatality rates dropped significantly, with a reduction ranging between 3.6 and 5.6 percent.

Similar reductions have not been seen with the use of taxis. Researchers believe that in cities in which taxi companies have successfully fought to keep Uber away, the lack of available taxi service may lead people to get behind the wheel of their vehicles. The researchers recommended more cities allow Uber into their markets. They also recommended that bar owners set up agreements with Uber to refer intoxicated patrons to their services in addition to taxi companies.

It is unfortunate when a person becomes a victim of a drunk driving accident. If more people used taxis or car-sharing services such as Uber after a night out, fewer fatality accidents would occur. When a person is killed in such an accident, their family may be left with the grief and shock of their sudden loss as well as significant expenses and financial losses. Families may want to consult with a personal injury attorney about the remedies that may be available. One such remedy could be a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible driver, seeking damages that could include funeral and burial expenses and other amounts that may be allowed by statute.

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