A new study has found that Uber drivers who get into accidents are actually more likely to blame the company for the accidents than those who don’t.
The study, by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, found that drivers who were involved in at least one accident on Uber were more likely than those that weren’t to blame Uber.
The study, published in the journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, found drivers who reported a crash and the person who caused the accident were significantly more likely by 3.2 times to blame their driver in an accident than drivers who didn’t.
“The drivers that were in accidents were much more likely (to blame) the company in an earlier crash than those drivers who weren’t involved in an early crash,” said Dr. Michael Schmitz, one of the study’s authors and an assistant professor of engineering and civil and environmental engineering at UT Austin.
Researchers examined 1,400 Uber-related traffic crashes in Austin between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2018.
The researchers found that nearly 40 percent of the accidents were attributed to a driver, the vast majority of which involved a driver who was “the primary driver in a vehicle collision,” meaning the driver had direct control over the vehicle in question.
The majority of the other accidents were linked to “vehicle operators,” which means the driver was in charge of steering, braking and accelerating the vehicle.
“When the driver is the primary driver, they have a very different relationship to the vehicle and to the other passengers,” Schmit, who was not involved in the study, said in a statement.
“That means when the primary drivers are not involved, it’s a lot harder to avoid accidents.”
Schmitz said it was possible for drivers to blame other drivers for accidents, but only when they were in control of the vehicle at the time.
“It’s not like there’s some big company that can say, ‘Hey, we’re going to do all this, we know we’re not responsible for all these accidents,'” Schmit said.
According to the researchers, the main reason that drivers are more likely in accidents is because they have more experience with the vehicle than others.
“The problem is that drivers tend to have fewer accidents than other drivers because they’re more likely and more experienced to be involved in accidents,” Schmitt said.
“So we don’t see that with Uber.”
In addition to the study findings, Uber said it would work with the Austin Police Department to improve the safety of its drivers.