Rideshare Litigation Attorney’s | Information on Rideshare Assault
In cities all over the world, ridesharing applications such as Uber and Lyft have become a very popular means of transportation. With a simple touch of a button on your mobile device, you can connect with the nearest driver and be on your way within minutes. While these ridesharing services have many great benefits, they are marred by one glaring issue; the rider is unaware of who the driver is and unaware of what they are capable of doing.
According to a December 2019 Uber safety report, there were over 6000 reported cases of sexual assault including over 500 reports of rape. Those numbers include both riders who were assaulted by drivers and also drivers who were assaulted by riders. The sexual allegations reported consist of non-consensual kissing, non-consensual kissing of a sexual body part, attempted non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual penetration, and non-consensual touching of a sexual body part. It is also worth noting that sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes in the United States as three out of every four assaults goes unreported. That implies that there are many more victims of rideshare sexual assault that have yet to come forward.
To see all these (Uber-related) rapes and murders—that’s the thing that makes me really alarmed here. -JOHN ROMAN, NORC
Uber and Lyft are rideshare companies based out of San Francisco, California and control a large market share of the rideshare economy. Uber started in 2009 and was followed by Lyft in 2012 who is currently its main competitor. Both companies have experienced extreme success with Uber being available in 700 cities and Lyft being available in over 350 cities. According to recent statistics, Uber has over 90 million users and complete approximately 14 million trips daily while Lyft has over 23 million users and gives over 2 million rides per day. While these are the two main ridesharing services, there are also many others that operate including Didi Chuxing, Grab, Ola Cab, Cabify, Careem, Bolt, Yandex. Taxi, Via and Gojek.
Overall, there have been many lawsuits filed against Uber, Lyft and lesser known rideshare companies alleging criminal conduct of their drivers. Uber has had over 100+ separate allegations of sexual abuse while Lyft has had over 30+ allegations stating that they were kidnapped, raped, or assaulted by their rideshare driver. The lawsuits filed against the rideshare giants contains horrifying details of the assault experienced by victims.
Among the most common complaint contained in the lawsuits is that the rideshare companies failed to properly screen their drivers which resulted in people being hired that either had a history of sexual assault or other criminal behavior. The other common allegation is that both Uber and Lyft were negligent in providing a safe environment for their customers.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of assault due to the negligence of a rideshare company, call 855-566-3752 or contact us online today for a free case evaluation. We are here to help you!