Uber, Lyft and DoorDash said in statements that they built their platforms with security in mind, with features like the ability to connect discreetly with people at ADT, the security company, or share location information through ride-sharing apps.
It’s hard to compare how dangerous gig driving is with other occupations, although the Bureau of Labor Statistics does publish some counts of fatal workplace injuries. But Gig Workers Rising argues that the risks of gig work stand out for more than just the number of fatalities.
Because gig conductors are often classified as independent contractors rather than employees, they often receive less support from the companies they work for if they have a problem, according to the report.
In some cases, Gig Workers Rising said, families of deceased drivers never heard from the companies they drove for, or received death benefits or help with insurance claims. or funeral services.
DoorDash said it spoke with Ms Stokes Oliver’s family and helped her with an insurance claim.
In August, Isabella Lewis, a Lyft driver in Texas, was killed in a seemingly random attack by a passenger who police believed was a terrorist. After shooting her in the head, the man pulled her out of the vehicle and ran her over while fleeing in his car. He later died from injuries sustained in a shootout with police, according to reports.
Ms Lewis’s sister, Allyssa Lewis-Brown, said the loss had not yet been fully absorbed.
“It still hasn’t struck me that I will never be able to see her again,” said Ms Lewis-Brown, 23, who remembered her sister as caring and protective. “It just blows my mind a little. You think you have more time with people.
She said she hopes her story and the driver’s death report will spur transport companies to find a way to keep drivers safe, perhaps by rigorously screening passengers before they can use the cars. services. Lyft, she says, never spoke to her.
“The least you can do is pay the funeral costs,” she said. Lyft said it tried to reach Ms Lewis’s family but was unsuccessful.