Ride hailing apps like Uber and Lyft provide users with a quick and easy way to get about town, but according to new research, they also lead to an increased number of crashes for motorists and pedestrians.

Researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health collated data from over 370 million ride-hail trips taken in New York between 2017 and 2018. They compared traffic flows at the time of an accident, to a week before and a week after the incident.

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After crunching the numbers, the researchers found that increased use of ride-hailing apps, like Uber and Lyft, led to an increase in crashes involving pedestrians and motorists at drop-off and pick-up locations.

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