About Lyft & Uber Sexual Assault Lawsuits
As ridesharing has increased in popularity, so have reports of sexual abuse suffered by passengers.
As a result, many passengers have filed rideshare lawsuits, asking Uber and Lyft to take responsibility for their safety shortcomings.
The plaintiffs in these lawsuits allege that Uber and Lyft did not implement necessary safety precautions, even though they knew sexual abuse was occurring.
Notably, Uber received reports of 3,824 sexual assaults that occurred on trips from 2019 to 2020. Similarly, Lyft reported more than 4,000 sexual assaults that occurred from 2017 to 2019.
So far, hundreds of Lyft and Uber sexual assault victims have fought back by filing rideshare lawsuits alleging their drivers assaulted them.
Sexual assault can traumatize victims and leave them with lifelong physical and emotional scars. Rideshare companies should be held accountable for not doing enough to prevent incidents of harassment or unwanted sexual contact from happening in the first place.
If you’ve been the victim of an Uber or Lyft sexual assault, LawFirm.com may be able to help you take legal action. Get a free case review now and see if you may be able to work with a top Lyft or Uber attorney.
How Rideshare Companies Fail to Protect Passengers
A rideshare company’s duty is to provide a safe environment for its passengers. This includes ensuring drivers are properly screened — and removing drivers who pose a danger to others from their platforms.
Uber says its guidelines “prohibit sexual assault and sexual misconduct of any kind” and that the company takes action in response to complaints to keep the system safe, but Uber lawsuit allegations tell a different story.
In 2022, Lyft agreed to pay $25 million to settle claims that it hid sexual assaults by drivers and other safety issues before it sold shares of the company to the public.
Rideshare companies have tried to distance themselves from their drivers’ behavior. They claim that the drivers are independent contractors and not employees, so they are not responsible.
However, this argument has not prevented sexual assault victims from coming forward and filing rideshare lawsuits to get Uber and Lyft to take accountability for what they say are inadequate safety practices.
Uber lawsuits allege that these protections could have kept passengers safe:
- Adequate background checks
- Dashcam recordings of rides
- Removing drivers who sexually assaulted passengers
- Responding to passenger complaints
The bottom line is that Uber and Lyft could have done more to protect passengers.
Eligibility for a Lyft or Uber Assault Lawsuit
You may be able to file a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft if:
- You used an Uber or Lyft rideshare app
- Your Uber or Lyft driver injured or assaulted you during or after the ride
Victims often have a limited amount of time to file a rideshare lawsuit after an assault due to state laws known as statutes of limitations. For that reason, it’s critical that you contact an Uber lawyer as soon as possible.
If you’re unsure whether you have a case, talk to one of our caring Case Managers. They can listen to your story and help you figure out your next steps.
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How to Sue Uber or Lyft for Sexual Assault
Filing a rideshare lawsuit can provide victims with compensation that they can use to help them get back on their feet after the trauma of an assault. In addition, it can hold companies accountable and even lead to a meaningful change in their safety practices.
The basic process for filing a rideshare lawsuit against Uber or Lyft is outlined below.
1. Get a Free Case Review
First, contact LawFirm.com and get a free case review to determine your eligibility to file a rideshare lawsuit. If you qualify, your Uber lawyer will assemble a legal team to handle all aspects of your case so you can rest, heal, and focus on your recovery.
2. Gather Evidence
Your legal team will collect evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
This may include:
- Medical records
- Photos or video footage
- Police reports
- Previous complaints to the rideshare company
- Witness testimony
3. File an Uber or Lyft Lawsuit
Your rideshare lawyer will file your Uber sexual assault lawsuit before the statute of limitations. This law, which varies from state to state, specifies how much time you have to file a rideshare lawsuit.
4. Negotiate a Settlement
Next, your lawyer will work to negotiate a rideshare settlement with the defendants.
An Uber settlement is usually preferred as it keeps the details of the assault private and gives victims quicker access to compensation.
Uber settlement money can be used to pay for:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Other expenses related to the abuse
However, if the rideshare company refuses to settle your lawsuit for a fair amount, your lawyer will be prepared to fight for you in court.
Get Help With a Rideshare Lawsuit From an Uber Lawyer
Anyone who uses a rideshare service expects to be able to get to where they’re going without incident.
When that doesn’t happen, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft should be held accountable and made to pay the price for their negligence.
The rideshare lawyers that LawFirm.com works with are fierce advocates for victims of sexual assault. They can handle Uber lawsuits for sexual assault in any state and never charge any upfront fees.
Take the first step toward reclaiming your voice and your life: get a free case review now.
Sexual Assault Uber Lawsuit FAQs
What are the lawsuits against Uber?
Hundreds of women have filed lawsuits against Uber Technologies Inc., alleging that the rideshare company failed to take adequate steps to protect passengers from being sexually assaulted by Uber drivers.
Uber has also faced lawsuits accusing the company of violating labor laws by failing to pay drivers minimum wage and seeking to hold it responsible for car accidents.
How many lawsuits against Uber?
As of October 2023, hundreds of sexual assault victims have come forward and filed a rideshare lawsuit against Uber. These victims allege drivers assaulted them during or after an Uber ride.
More lawsuits are expected to be filed in the future, as Uber has reported that thousands of assaults have occurred during rides scheduled on its app.
How long do you have to file an Uber or Lyft assault lawsuit?
The timeline for filing a Lyft or Uber sexual assault lawsuit depends on the state where the assault occurred.
A personal injury lawyer can tell you about the deadline in your specific case.
Is there an Uber class action lawsuit?
While there is no class action lawsuit against Uber for the sexual assault of passengers as of November 2023, some cases are part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL), which is similar to a class action.
In October 2023, a judge consolidated about 80 cases into an MDL in the Northern District of California. An MDL allows victims to file their claims together to hold a company accountable to streamline the legal process.
How much will I get from the Uber settlement?
The amount of money sexual assault victims will get from an Uber settlement will vary from case to case.
Some factors that could affect Uber settlement amounts include:
- A victim’s medical expenses
- Extent of the sexual abuse or injury
- Strength of evidence linking Uber’s negligent practices to the abuse
A rideshare lawyer may be able to give you a settlement range for your potential case.
Get a free consultation and see if a top lawyer may be able to help you pursue an Uber sexual assault settlement.