Uber & Lyft Sex Assault
Uber and Lyft offer ride-sharing services that can be helpful for those in need of a quick, cheap taxi to their destination. However, drivers for these two companies have been accused of a number of sexual assaults in recent years.
A study released by Uber identified 5,981 charges of sexual assault between 2017 and 2018, some involving drivers. Complaints included allegations of rape, attempted rape, groping, and unwanted sexual attention.
Lyft has not released any statistics related to sexual assault, but there are a number of open lawsuits against the company alleging sexual violence perpetrated by its rideshare drivers.
Unfortunately, any time you choose to take a ride with someone you don’t know through a rideshare app, there is a risk that you may be potentially harmed.
If you have been the victim of unwanted sexual assault perpetrated by a rideshare driver of Uber or Lyft, contact the knowledgeable sexual abuse injury attorneys at Meadow Law Firm. We can listen to your case and help you take the necessary legal steps against the liable driver.
Uber and Lyft Sexual Assault
Uber and Lyft must perform background checks on their drivers, but some instances of sexual criminal history may not be found. Background checks often only trace back seven years. This can prevent older cases of sexual misconduct from being detected. Thus, it is possible for individuals with a sexual criminal history to be hired as Uber and Lyft drivers.
If an incident of sexual assault occurs, both the driver and rideshare company can potentially be held responsible. If you experienced sexual assault while in an Uber or Lyft ride, it’s time to contact the attorneys at Meadow Law Firm for help. They can ensure your rights are protected and that you get the compensation you deserve.
What should I do if I am sexually assaulted while in an Uber or Lyft?
If you are sexually attacked by your Uber or Lyft driver, you need to take specific steps:
- Get immediate medical care for any injuries.
- If you were sexually assaulted, ask for a rape kit.
- Report the incident immediately to police and provide them with details of the driver’s physical description, license plate number, car model, and any other relevant information.
- File a complaint with Uber or Lyft.
- Take a screenshot of your ride details within the Uber or Lyft app.
- Get a bank statement showing that you paid for the ride with Uber or Lyft.
- Take pictures of any injuries.
- If there were any witnesses, ask for their statements and contact information.
Sexual assault can be a very disturbing experience. It’s important to get the help that you need and seek justice against the rideshare driver and company to prevent others from falling prey to the same person.
A sexual assault attorney at Meadow Law Firm with years of experience can provide you with the legal guidance you need.
There are a number of forms of sexual assault—the most serious being rape or attempted rape. Other forms include:
- Sexual touching, groping, or fondling
- Sexual abuse
- Suggestive or inappropriate sexual remarks
- Unwanted kissing
- Any other unwanted sexual contact
- Kidnapping or holding against one’s will
Intoxicated individuals seeking a ride home are the most common victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by rideshare drivers of Uber or Lyft. Unfortunately, drivers may take advantage of their inebriation and commit acts of sexual assault.
To be clear, a person must have the capacity to give consent before sexual activity. If they are inebriated or otherwise under the influence of substances, they do not have that capacity. No victim is responsible for their own assault regardless of whether they have been drinking or not.
If you have been the victim of sexual assault as a passenger of an Uber or Lyft rideshare driver, it’s important to seek the legal assistance of a sexual assault attorney at Meadow Law Firm. We are practiced attorneys well-versed in sexual assault law.
Filing a Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Uber or Lyft
If you have been sexually assaulted by an Uber or Lyft rideshare driver, it’s time to take legal action. You may be entitled to sue both the individual and the company for damages that occurred as a result of the incident.
Lawsuits filed for sexual assault in an Uber or Lyft generally seek compensation for the damages incurred as a result of the incident. These may include medical costs (including past, present, and future expenses related to the incident), lost wages from missed days at work, pain and suffering damages, and potentially punitive damages.
The qualified attorneys at The Meadow Law Firm can review your case and provide you with guided assistance and representation. Don’t let the incident go—seek the damages and justice you are entitled to. Contact us today to confidentially discuss your case.