Do Ride-Sharing Apps Promote Distracted Driving?

Posted on behalf of Gordon & Doner on Mar 10, 2015 in Auto Accidents


distracted driverImagine someone driving around I-95 and Broward County, juggling a bunch of cell phones as they try to arrange their next ride-sharing trip.

Its becoming a reality now that the smartphone app-based car service has gotten the green light in Palm Beach County to operate legally.

Mounting Concern

The ride-sharing service turns everyday Floridians into unofficial taxi cab drivers, but it requires drivers to use smartphone apps for every aspect of the service: from arranging trips to negotiating a price.

Its not uncommon to see drivers with multiple smartphones mounted on their dashboards to respond to customer requests.

Ride at Your Own Risk

A New York Times article outlined the risks of ride-hailing services such as Uber. The company maintains the app was designed with safety in mind, but not everyone is in agreement.

  • Critics say when it comes to distracted driving it puts drivers in a tough spot: answer the call or lose money. Drivers also face suspension if they deny or decline customers repeatedly.
  • It also put passengers in a tough spot: respond in 15 seconds or your potential ride passes to the next customer.

Are we sacrificing safety for instant gratification? Its a question that remains up for debate.

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