Lyft and Uber, classified as ridesharing companies, use apps and websites to connect passengers with drivers who work for the company. Uber and Lyft have paved the way for convenient taxi-like services and help keep impaired drivers off the road, but riding in an Uber or Lyft comes with risks of sexual assault. Uber describes sexual assault as one of the “most pervasive yet under-reported crimes” in our society.[1] Lawsuits against Uber and Lyft claim that the companies do not take adequate measures to protect their passengers.

If you have been abused during an Uber or Lyft ride, contact Counsel Hound today for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.

Lyft/Uber Abuse Statistics

Uber reported 2,936 instances of sexual assault in 2017 and 3,045 instances in 2018 from the five most serious categories of sexual misconduct and sexual violence.[2] Lyft has not made its data publicly available. Uber and Lyft announced in 2021 that both ridesharing platforms would begin sharing information on drivers who were removed from their platforms due to sexual assault allegations.[3]

The ridesharing companies have faced lawsuits accusing them of negligent practices and failing to take proper measures to protect their passengers. Examples of riding sharing companies’ negligent actions include:

  • Inadequate driver training:
    • Uber’s driver training did not include a sexual assault and misconduct portion until 2020. Lyft did not require sexual violence prevention training until 2019.
  • Lenient hiring procedures:
    • Uber and Lyft’s background reports typically only look back 7 years.
  • Lack of driver and rider transparency:
    • Uber and Lyft did not share information on drivers accused of sexual assault until 2021.

Compensation

Sexual assault can leave you with physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Our Counsel Hound lawyers will work to maximize your settlement or award. Types of compensation you may be eligible for include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages:

  • Medical expenses related to your treatment.
  • If the assault caused you to miss work or suffer a wage decrease at a new position, we will prove your losses with timesheets.

Non-Economic Damages:

Some damages cannot be proved with lost wages, property damages, etc. You may face emotional suffering as a result of the assault. Our lawyers will work to include all available compensation in your case.

Why file a lawsuit?

Filing a Lyft/Uber abuse claim can help:

  • Victims of sexual abuse focus on their treatment and healing.
  • Victims afford the cost of their medical and therapy expenses.
  • Hold drivers and ride-sharing companies accountable for their negligence.
  • Encourage other victims of sexual abuse to seek fair compensation and justice.