You may have seen or read about ridesharing sexual assaults in the news: “Uber driver assaults woman,” “female Uber driver assaulted,” “Uber driver sexually assaulted passenger,” etc. Unfortunately, things such as Lyft driver rape allegations and Uber sexual assault are becoming more common as ridesharing popularity continues to grow.
While Uber responded to concerns about sexual assault by rolling out new safety features, Uber reported in a safety report that they received 3,824 reports of serious incidents of sexual assault in 2019 and 2020.
If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted by an Uber or Lyft driver or passenger, you may be entitled to compensation. The Uber & Lyft sexual assault lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen are actively pursuing sexual assault lawsuits against ride sharing companies, including Uber and Lyft. Contact our office for a free, confidential consultation. Our lawyers never collect a fee unless a recovery is made. This is our No Fee Promise Guarantee.
We Are Lyft And Uber Sexual Assault Lawyers
The Uber sexual assault lawsuit attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen handle sexual abuse cases. Our legal teams have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of sexual abuse victims throughout California. We have also handled many claims on behalf of drivers and passengers involved in Uber & Lyft accidents. Therefore, we have the experience and resources to obtain the best possible recovery for our clients.
Your case is important to us. We have a large team who will be working on your behalf. We offer personalized client service, including promptly responding to calls and emails.
Our law firm has recovered over $350 million on behalf of clients. We have been handling sexual assault cases for over 30 years. We are contingency lawyers, which means we only charge a fee if we are successful and obtain a recovery. If there is no recovery, nothing is owed.
A Lyft And Uber Sexual Assault Lawyer Can Fight for You
We know that filing a lawsuit against any company for any reason is challenging enough. When it comes to suing Lyft, Uber, or another rideshare company for sexual violence against a driver or passenger, this challenge only becomes more complex. Let our Lyft and Uber sexual assault attorneys handle every aspect of your sexual assault case so you can focus on healing from this experience.
Here’s what we can do for you:
- Collect evidence to prove your assault occurred
- Calculate your damages
- Handle all communications with the rideshare company and their representatives
- File a lawsuit on your behalf
- Negotiate with the company’s representatives as needed
- Represent you in court
- Keep your identity confidential
Types of Recoverable Damages in a Rideshare Sexual Assault Lawsuit
You may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages related to your Uber or Lyft sexual assault, including:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income and/or benefits during recovery or treatment
- Pain and suffering
Do I Have a Case for an Uber or Lyft Lawsuit?
When you speak with us during your free consultation, we can review the facts of your case to determine the strength of your claim and explore your option for legal action against Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare technology company as well as the perpetrator.
What Is Considered Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is defined as any unwanted touching of a sexual nature. That includes:
- Fondling or groping sexual areas of the body
- Forced or coerced kissing
- Forced or coerced sexual touching, with a sexual body part or with a non-sexual body part
- Forced or coerced penetration
- Non-consensual sexual penetration or touching
We are ready to hear your story and help you hold negligent parties accountable for the assault you suffered.
You can sue the rideshare driver or passenger who assaulted you if sexual assault occurs, but they are likely not able to pay for the damages. That’s why we often seek negligence lawsuits against the rideshare company that didn’t do enough to prevent the assault. To sue Lyft, Uber, or another rideshare technology company, we need to prove that:
- The company owed you a duty of care to provide a safe rideshare environment.
- The company breached that duty of care, acting negligently.
- The company’s negligence led to the situation in which your assault took place.
- You suffered damages from the assault.
What Evidence Do I Need?
Some of the most important pieces of evidence we can use to build a case against Lyft, Uber, or another rideshare company includes:
- Police report: Did you call 911 during or after the assault? Did you file a police report? We can use these records to prove the incident happened and verify your story based on what you reported to law enforcement. If you choose to report the assault to police, it’s important to do so as soon as possible. The sooner you report, the more accurate your report is likely to be. Remember, you can report an incident any time after it occurs.
- Sexual assault/rape kit: Did you seek medical attention after the assault? Whether or not you went to police, you can still undergo a forensic sexual assault examination to document the assault, treat your injuries, and get emergency contraception and STI treatment. We can use this report as evidence that the assault took place.
- Security report to the rideshare company: Both Lyft and Uber now have emergency alert services built into their rideshare apps. This allows you to report a dangerous situation while using the service, either as a driver or passenger. If you use this button during the incident, we can point to these records as evidence.
- Photo and video evidence: Was your assault caught on CCTV or a dash camera? Was there a camera in the area where your assault took place, such as outside a building, on the street, or in a building lobby? We can use images of you and your attacker to prove the assault occurred.
- Rideshare records: Did the driver have a criminal record of violence? Did the passenger have previous reports of violence while using the rideshare service? We can use this information to prove that the rideshare company failed to provide a safe environment.
Allegations Against Uber and Lyft
Victims of sexual assault are alleging that Lyft “choose[s] to stonewall” law enforcement who investigate assaults. The victims allege that Lyft’s safety measures and background check policies are negligent and insufficient and that the company fails to adequately protect Lyft ride passengers. Some victims also claim Lyft chooses to “hide and conceal” the scope of its “sexual predator crisis” as well.
Many victims say Lyft has been largely unresponsive when they reported sexual or physical assault to the company. Lyft is even being accused of allowing a driver to continue to work for the company after a female passenger reported to Lyft and the police that the driver sexually assaulted her.
Many sexual assault victims have apparently been told by detectives that Lyft is often unresponsive to the detectives’ requests, and victims suing Lyft claim Lyft failed to proactively report sexual assault incidents to the police.
If you were an Uber or Lyft driver or passenger and were sexually assaulted or raped while using the ridesharing service, immediately contact the Lyft and Uber sexual assault lawsuit attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen now for a free, confidential consultation. Our legal teams are actively pursuing sexual assault lawsuits against ride sharing companies. Reach out now to be connected to one of our intake specialists.
Uber & Lyft Sexual Assault Lawsuit Statistics
Uber and Lyft are currently facing a number of lawsuits for incidents such as driver rape of passengers.
Sexually Assaulted by Uber Driver
Uber was sued in June 2017 by a woman who claimed she was a victim of rape after Uber ignored warnings about the driver’s criminal history.
A more recent Uber sexual assault lawsuit claims that, while Uber markets itself as a designated driving service, women who use Uber after drinking are at “peculiar risk” of suffering sexual assaults at the hands of Uber drivers. CNN has reported on the pattern of women using ridesharing services at night after drinking and then being sexually assaulted by ridesharing drivers.
A lawsuit filed in San Francisco County Superior Court seeks to recover compensation for about 550 people who are allegedly victims of Uber sexual assault.
How Many Uber Drivers Have Assaulted Passengers?
Approximately 103 Uber drivers and 18 Lyft drivers have been accused of sexual assault or sexual abuse, according to a 2018 CNN report. The Denver Police Department reported there were 43 reported sex crimes in Denver by ride sharing drivers from 2015 to July 2019, according to NPR. The police mentioned only 13 sexual assaults reported involving taxi drivers during that same period.
We believe that the number of Uber sexual assault cases is underreported, especially in light of the startling statistics the Denver Police Department provided. If you were a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse while a driver or passenger of Uber, Lyft, or another ridesharing service, immediately contact our office to speak with an Uber sexual assault lawsuit team member at Nadrich & Cohen. We will provide a 100% confidential and 100% free consultation. If you prefer, you can also use the live chat feature on this page.
Has an Uber Driver Ever Kidnapped Anyone?
Police report that an Uber driver in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was charged with false imprisonment and kidnapping after he attempted to lock two female passengers in his car, telling them, “you’re not going anywhere.” According to officials, another rideshare driver was charged with kidnapping and rape after picking a woman up in Van Nuys, California in 2018.
Female Ridesharing Drivers at Risk
Female ridesharing drivers are at risk for sexual assault and sexual harassment, too. “There really isn’t anything that can keep you safe,” a female Uber driver wrote. “I am operating a vehicle that weighs over 4,000 pounds, in a confined space, with my back to passengers — not an ideal situation to defend yourself.”
Request a Free Consultation With Nadrich & Cohen
Contact us today if an Uber driver or passenger sexually assaulted you or a loved one. The Uber & Lyft sexual assault attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen are actively investigating and pursuing sexual assault lawsuits against ride sharing companies like Uber & Lyft. We offer a free, confidential consultation. Contact us using the live chat feature or completing the contact form on this page. Don’t wait, contact us today.