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In the era of the Me Too movement, violence against women is getting the attention it deserves. As more women speak out about how they have been treated, it is becoming painfully clear just how common such violence is. While sexual violence can happen anywhere, women are surprisingly vulnerable when using common rideshare services like Lyft or Uber. If you have been sexually assaulted while using one of these popular rideshare companies, you can get support with the help of a personal injury lawyer.

Understanding Sexual Assault


The first thing that you need to do if you have been the victim of Lyft or Uber sexual assault is understand the legal definition of assault. Too many women have internalized sexual overtures, which means they may fail to realize when their rights are being violated. Moreover, many women feel immense shame over such incidents, and it can be very difficult for them to speak out.

Legally, sexual assault covers a wide range of behaviors. On the extreme end, it can include sexual coercion and penetrative rape. However, it also covers other behaviors like unwanted kissing or touching. If any behavior while in the rideshare service made you feel uncomfortable, you should discuss the incident with a trusted personal injury lawyer. You may be surprised to discover just how common Lyft and Uber sexual assault cases are becoming

The Prevalence of Rideshare Sexual Assault


The nature of rideshare lends itself to problems with violence, crime and accidents. After all, these companies got their start by flouting regulations designed for safety in other transportation industries. When Uber first got its start, there were virtually no checks and balances. The company prioritized access for drivers over rider safety.

Even now, neither company requires its drivers to undergo fingerprinting or any kind of law enforcement background check. In fact, Uber does not even meet with potential drivers in person. In essence, the hiring process is nothing but an application form with minimal information. This streamlined approach is designed to encourage anyone to become a driver. However, this means that riders have no idea who is at the wheel.

Because of this, reports of violence and assault are uncomfortably common. Both Uber and Lyft are facing growing numbers of lawsuits worldwide. While many cases involve passengers, drivers have also been the victims of such cases. It is clear that this is a problem that should be addressed.

Uber Sexual Assault Cases


For years, Uber has resisted talking directly about its safety record. In fact, it was not until 2019 that Uber finally reported its safety numbers. While the transparency is important, the disclosure was hardly positive. In the 2019 report, Uber acknowledged that 3,045 cases of Uber sexual assaults were reported in 2018. This number only reflects incidents in the United States.

It is also worth noting that the reports of sexual assault are probably underplayed. Uber's numbers reflected incidents of unwanted kissing, touching of sexual body parts, attempted rape and rape. However, cases involving touching of nonsexual body parts and sexual harassment were not included. This means that the numbers are even higher.

After the report was released, Uber was quick to point out that the numbers, however daunting they may look, reflected just a small portion of its overall rides. In 2018, Uber completed 1.3 billion rides in the United States. There were violent incidents reported in just 0.0002 percent of them.

Uber's attempt at spin aside, the numbers are still deeply troubling. After all, Uber's lax regulations have made such incidents possible. The company is finally taking some action. Now, Uber uses automated technology to routinely check driving records and criminal history of drivers. With this increased vigilance, Uber deactivated 40,000 drivers in the United States. It is a step in the right direction, but the risk is still real.

Lyft Sexual Assault Cases


In general, Lyft enjoys a better reputation for safety than Uber. However, this reputation is not completely with merit. The fact is that there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Lyft sexual assault is also a problem. Unlike Uber, Lyft has not actually released its safety numbers. This makes any direct comparison nearly impossible. However, Lyft has been the subject of a number of lawsuits recently. Most of these lawsuits are brought by women who allege that they were victims of sexual assault while using Lyft.

In many ways, this is not surprising. Lyft also utilizes lax hiring procedures, which means that comprehensive background checks are not required for Lyft drivers. Moreover, Lyft does not have a good process in place to investigate cases of sexual assault across its service. This means that Lyft provides few safety guarantees for its passengers.

Common Injuries in Sexual Assault


Sexual assault can lead to numerous injuries that cause lasting harm. It is important to have your injuries assessed promptly in order to document all evidence relevant to the case. The injuries may include the following.

  • Scratches and bruises
  • Fractured bones
  • Head trauma
  • Vaginal injury
  • Sexually transmitted infection
  • Pregnancy
  • Emotional trauma

Who Is Liable


The question of liability is somewhat complicated in Uber and Lyft sexual assault cases. Obviously, the driver can be held accountable, but many people wonder if Uber or Lyft have any responsibility as well. Uber and Lyft try to mitigate their liability through legal disclaimers on their platforms. However, the upswell of cases has left these companies increasingly vulnerable to litigation.

When considering liability in your case, the nature of the incident should be taken into account. You will need to prove that the company was negligent. To do this, your personal injury lawyer will look into the driver's history. If there is a proven history of sexual violence, you may be able to build a case saying that the company was negligent in allowing that person to participate in the service. The lax hiring standards can be cited as evidence.

Typical Compensation


One reason to pursue a sexual assault case against Lyft or Uber is compensation. After all, sexual assault can have a profound impact on your life. It can affect your ability to work and interact, and it can inhibit your ability to make money or live normally. Therefore, monetary compensation is important.
Compensation is usually divided into three areas.

  • Economic: These damages are allotted for medical expenses, therapy, loss of income and other related costs.
  • Non-economic: This covers damages for emotional pain and suffering.
  • Punitive: These damages are designed to hold the companies responsible for their failure to protect.

Talk to Lawyers You Can Trust


Pursuing a sexual assault case is never easy. These cases can be difficult to prove, and they can be emotionally exhausting for victims. That is why you need the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers. Our team is fully dedicated to your cause, and we work with respect and confidentiality. We know how difficult this situation can be, and we want to partner with you for the best outcome possible. If you have been the victim of sexual assault in a Lyft or Uber, please contact West Coast Trial Lawyers today.

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