- Uber and Lyft Sexual Assault Lawyer
- A Rideshare Sexual Abuse Attorney Can Help
- Uber and Lyft Sexual Assault Statistics
- Why Does Rideshare Sexual Assault Happen?
- Criminal vs. Civil Cases for Sexual Assault
- Rideshare Sexual Assault Injuries FAQs
- Has an Uber Driver Ever Kidnapped Anyone?
- Can You Get Kidnapped in an Uber?
- Has Anyone Ever Died in an Uber?
- Is Uber Dangerous for Female Passengers?
- Is It Safe to Take an Uber Late at Night?
- Call (888) 424-5757 Today to Discuss Your Rideshare Sexual Assault Case
- Uber Discloses Nearly 6,000 Sexual Assault Reports data
- Sexual Assault in Uber Vehicles May Be Underreported
- Uber Has Introduced Safety Features to Combat Physical and Sexual Assault
- Uber Alleges That Sexual Assault Complaints Have Been Lower in 2019
- What Should I Do If I Was Sexually Assaulted in an Uber Vehicle?
- What Should I Do If I Was Injured in an Uber Accident?
- Your Injuries Are Personal to Me
Uber and Lyft Sexual Assault Lawyer
Uber and Lyft rideshare companies do not use the same stringent hiring or training guidelines as traditional transportation services. Lack of safety protocols could increase riders’ risk of sexual assault.
A Rideshare Sexual Abuse Attorney Can Help
If you have been the victim of sexual assault as the passenger of a rideshare vehicle, you are not alone. The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can be your guide through the claims process.
Contact us to start your case with a free case evaluation. Let us listen to your story and answer your legal questions. Ultimately, we can hold responsible parties and companies fully accountable for their negligent or intentional actions.
Uber and Lyft Sexual Assault Statistics
Due to the relatively new nature of rideshare apps, researchers are short on information about the safety of getting into rideshare cars. However, one website has kept track of all criminal incidents involving Uber and Lyft since their debuts.
The public awareness campaign reveals shocking ridesharing sexual assault statistics (as of 2019):
- Over 370 passengers have reported cases of sexual harassment or assault by rideshare drivers.
- Ninety-five passengers have experienced alleged assaults by Lyft and Uber drivers.
- There have been sixteen alleged passenger kidnappings by Lyft and Uber drivers.
- Fifty people have died in connection with rideshare criminal conduct and traffic accidents.
These are just the incidents that passengers have reported. The actual number of assault survivors is ly much higher. Hundreds of ridesharing service passengers have come forward with stories about sexual assault from drivers and fellow passengers.
Unfortunately, the rideshare service companies have not taken these reports seriously enough to make any operational changes.
Why Does Rideshare Sexual Assault Happen?
The motivation for sexual assault, in most cases, is a desire for dominance or control. The perpetrator does not only want sexual arousal or relief – he or she wants to exert dominance over the victim.
Assaults occur when a perpetrator could take advantage of someone else. Ridesharing companies have helped provide an environment where assault involving rideshare passengers can occur through the following acts of negligence:
- Lax hiring procedures. Un traditional taxi companies, neither rideshare service corporations check a driver’s background beyond the past seven years. They also do not meet with drivers in person or interview them.
The company’s negligent hiring practices fail necessary safety measures to capture potential rideshare drivers with a criminal history, sexual harassment charges, or registered sexual predators.
- Lack of driver training. Rideshare companies do not train their drivers nor provide ethics training in sexual misconduct behavior. They require drivers to use their smartphones while driving but do not provide any training for how to do so without driving distracted, leading to a car accident.
According to their seven-year background checks, these companies trust that people who apply are good, safe drivers.
- Lack of driver and rider transparency. Many assault cases have involved people who were not independent contractors licensed as Uber/Lyft drivers or minor passengers unlawfully using rideshare apps.
Yet rideshare companies do nothing to validate the drivers’ or passengers’ identities, despite parent complaints.
Both companies claim to care about Uber passenger safety. Uber says it is launching new safety features, including an in-app emergency button to notify the company and local law enforcement, while Lyft has real-time ride tracking.
However, sexual abuse by rideshare drivers still occurs. If you or someone you know has been the victim, you have rights.
Criminal vs. Civil Cases for Sexual Assault
As the victim of sexual assault, you or a loved one might think a criminal case is the only legal option against the perpetrator. But it is not.
As a Uber sexual assault survivor, you ly suffered physical injuries, emotional distress, mental anguish, or other damages that could qualify you to seek compensation through the civil justice system. A civil claim could give you the financial stability you need to move forward.
While a criminal case can sentence the ridesharing driver to jail or probation for sexually assaulting you, a civil claim can lead to thousands of dollars in compensation for your losses. You might have grounds to file a claim not only against the assailant but also against the rideshare company.
If the company negligently failed to take steps to prevent the assault, it could be liable for your damages. Talk to a lawyer about your sexual assault claim. Courts around the United States have convicted dozens of drivers for assault in the past.
Uber has settled two class-action sexual assault lawsuits, and others are pending. You do not have to go through this alone. Partner with a sexual assault lawyer in Chicago to improve your chances of claim success.
Rideshare Sexual Assault Injuries FAQs
Below are some frequently asked questions raised by people who have been sexually abused or assaulted by rideshare drivers, such as Uber or Lyft. We appreciate that these questions may give rise to other questions, so we welcome you to contact our law firm for a free consultation with an experienced sexual abuse attorney.
According to the New York Times, Uber has reported over 3000 sexual assaults in the United States last year, including fatal crashes and murders involving rideshare passengers. This horrific number does not include assaults occurring in the other sixty-five countries where the rideshare corporation operates outside the U.S.
The number of assaults in 2019 remained flat in 2018, where 3045 assault cases were reported, which was more than the 2936 reported incidents in 2017.
Has an Uber Driver Ever Kidnapped Anyone?
Over the years, there have been numerous allegations of kidnapping and raping rideshare passengers. In August 2015, a thirty-nine-year-old South Carolinian six grade teacher working as an Uber driver at night faced accusations of sexually assaulting his twenty-three-year-old intoxicated female passenger.
In August 2019, a thirty-two-year-old New York Uber driver faced accusations of kidnapping and planning to sexually assault a fifteen-year-old passenger leaving a sweet sixteen party. The girl escaped the Uber vehicle by convincing the rideshare driver she needed to use the bathroom when he was driving her to his Brooklyn home.
Can You Get Kidnapped in an Uber?
In 2019, the Uber Company added new safety features to the ridesharing service app designed to protect passengers and stop kidnapping, murders, and other felonies. Over the years, Uber has faced hundreds of allegations involving sexual assault, murder, and kidnapping.
Other rideshare services have had problems, including a Lyft driver sexually assaulted passengers in California.
The rideshare app changes will allow passengers to send text messages to local law enforcement, texting details of the trip, including the license plate, make, and model of the Uber driver’s vehicle. The app allows passengers to seek immediate medical attention and submit non-emergency safety problems, including when they are uncomfortable with the driver.
Has Anyone Ever Died in an Uber?
National statistics reveal that in 2017, nearly fifty Uber-related fatalities were reported. The number of deaths involving Uber drivers increased the next year, with fifty-eight rideshare-related deaths reported. The Corporation released incident and accident records last year.
Is Uber Dangerous for Female Passengers?
Statistically, female passengers in rideshare vehicles are at greater risk than males of being injured, sexually assaulted, kidnapped, or killed. However, there are things that the female passenger can do to be safer while a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, including:
- Check the driver’s rating to ensure they have a history of following rideshare guidelines
- Sit on the right side in the back seat where it is easier to fight off an attack by the driver
- Tell a friend your origination and destination and the estimated time of your arrival
- Remain prepared to call 911 if necessary or call or chat with a friend throughout your ride so the driver is aware that you could tell your friend immediately if something is going wrong
- Use Navigational Maps Google Maps on your phone to navigate to your destination to better understand the route that your driver is taking
Is It Safe to Take an Uber Late at Night?
Taking a rideshare vehicle during nighttime hours could increase the potential risk of being injured, sexually assaulted, killed, or kidnapped. Before stepping into the rideshare vehicle, check the license plate for a match on your rideshare app, and identify your driver by name.
Confirm your destination and never assume that every driver is a good person. Sit on the right side in the back seat to see what the driver is doing and ensure your safety and comfort.
Make sure that the driver who picked you up is dropping you off in safe locations. Never be afraid to stop the vehicle and get out when you feel uncomfortable or recognize a red flag an intoxicated driver, an unexpected additional rider, or a sense of feeling unsafe or uncomfortable.
Call (888) 424-5757 Today to Discuss Your Rideshare Sexual Assault Case
The sexual assault attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have experience handling all types of personal injury and assault lawsuits – including spending years representing victims of rideshare assault.
Our firm can help you go up against Uber or Lyft to pursue justice and fair financial recovery. We will start legal action with a free, confidential consultation at our law office.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All discussions and legal advice involving our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
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Uber Discloses Nearly 6,000 Sexual Assault Reports data
The recent release of Uber’s 84-page safety transparency report has revealed thousands of sexual assaults and serious accidents involving the world’s most popular ridesharing service. According to the long-awaited safety disclosure, there were nearly 6,000 reports of sexual assault and 107 traffic accident deaths involving Uber vehicles in 2017 and 2018.
According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 460 of the sexual assault claims involved nonconsensual penetration or rape, 587 reports of attempted rape, and 3,000 incidents of nonconsensual touching of a sexual body part.
While these numbers are certainly alarming, the report emphasizes that only 0.0003% of all Uber trips involve fatal car accidents, fatal physical assault, or sexual assault claims.
The first of its kind, the report took more than 20 months to create. Uber has since encouraged other ridesharing services to publish similar data in order to improve the safety of both passengers and drivers.
Sexual Assault in Uber Vehicles May Be Underreported
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center audited Uber’s safety report in 2018. The organization has pointed out that the data on sexual assault is the reporting party’s account of events and therefore might not be accurate since sexual assault frequently goes unreported, with only about 25 percent to 33 percent of cases being brought to police.
Uber Has Introduced Safety Features to Combat Physical and Sexual Assault
The worldwide growth of Uber has coincided with an increase in reports of physical and sexual assault involving its vehicles.
The company has experimented with and introduced a number of features to improve passenger and driver safety including a panic button that enables passengers to alert police of issues during a ride and send details about the trip to five people.
First introduced in Delhi, the panic button is expected to be integrated into Uber vehicles across the United States and globally along with a suite of other safety features.
Modifications to the Uber app will also be aimed at improving rider and driver safety. Examples include an option to text local police services and a pin to verify the passenger is in the correct vehicle. The company is also experimenting with audio and video recording during trips.
Uber Alleges That Sexual Assault Complaints Have Been Lower in 2019
According to Uber, preliminary data points to a reduction in sexual assault reports involving the rideshare service in 2019; however, the company did stress that there may be an increase in such reports due to new reporting initiatives.
What Should I Do If I Was Sexually Assaulted in an Uber Vehicle?
Nearly all studies into the reporting of sexual assault indicate that such incidents are underreported to authorities. This is certainly understandable given the emotional trauma caused by such an egregious experience. Simply talking about sexual assault can be incredibly uncomfortable, and the thought of confronting the offender during legal proceedings can be overwhelming.
But by taking legal action, you may be able to save other people from the same fate. Also, it might be possible to recover monetary damages from the offender.
If you were sexually assaulted in a rideshare vehicle, your first priority should be to report the incident to law enforcement. You should also undergo a medical evaluation within 48 hours. Both of these measures will serve to document the assault and tie it to any injuries you sustained.
You should then contact a sexual assault lawyer. An attorney can review your case in a free consultation, explain your rights, and help you pursue monetary damages.
Even if the offender is not convicted in a criminal case, you may still be able to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages including medical bills, loss of income, other economic damages, and pain and suffering.
It might also be possible to obtain punitive damages given the malicious nature of the offense.
What Should I Do If I Was Injured in an Uber Accident?
If you were injured in an Uber accident, you should visit a doctor right away for a medical evaluation. Seeking immediate medical attention can help you tie the injuries to the accident, prove their severity, and reduce the lihood of facing a dispute over a failure to mitigate damages. You should then contact an Uber accident lawyer to discuss your claim in a free consultation.
There are many auto insurance policies that might be in play after a rideshare crash. If the accident was caused by the negligence of a rideshare driver who was transporting a fare at the time, you may have grounds for a claim against the commercial insurance policy of the rideshare service.
If the driver of another vehicle caused the crash, then his or her insurance policy would ly be the first source of compensation for the resulting damages.
The secondary source of recovery, if the defendant’s policy is insufficient, would be the underinsured motorist coverage under the rideshare policy.
In addition to contacting a lawyer, there are other steps you can take to protect your rights and give your claim the best possible chance of success. Examples include following your doctor’s orders, not discussing the accident or your claim on social media, and directing any phones calls from the insurance adjuster to your attorney.
Your Injuries Are Personal to Me
Attorney Michael D. Waks is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience in both auto accident and sexual assault cases.
Michael is well-versed in the statutes, case law, and procedures that pertain to personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving rideshare services Uber and Lyft.
He will assess your case for free and help you plot the way forward. To schedule a consultation, send us a message HERE or call (562) 206-1939.
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