Trusted Rideshare Physical and Sexual Assault Attorneys in California
At the Personal Injury Legal Group, our California personal injury lawyers know that rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft play a significant role in how residents get to and from their destinations. According to the latest data from the UC Riverside School of Business, around 1.37 million drivers performed at least one ride in a single year throughout the state, transporting millions of people annually.
However, these companies face criticism for reported sexual violence and physical assaults against riders, which have led many users to file Uber and Lyft lawsuits to pursue compensation for their injuries, raise awareness of these circumstances, and seek justice.
Here, we discuss why sexual and physical assaults may be occurring in rideshare vehicles and what you can do if you are a victim of these traumatic circumstances.
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Why are Rideshare Physical and Sexual Assaults Occurring in California?
Unlike taxis and other transportation services, rideshare drivers are independent contractors who must pass a less stringent screening process than their professionally employed counterparts.
This can lead to sexual predators and other physically dangerous individuals driving for Uber and Lyft who may not pass a professional transportation service’s screening. Unfortunately, many riders are unaware that these dangers exist until it is too late.
Common reasons rideshare physical and sexual assaults occur in California may include, but are not limited to:
- Failure by the rideshare company to address previous cases of misconduct.
- Gaps in safety measures and protocols within rideshare platforms.
- Impaired passengers who are vulnerable to assaults.
- Opportunity for isolation creates opportunities for individuals with malicious intent to exploit the vulnerability of their victims.
- Poorly lit pickup/drop-off locations or a lack of in-vehicle security features can lead to an environment where criminal activities can easily occur.
Victims may be hesitant to report incidents due to fear, shame, or concerns about the legal process. This is not your fault. We encourage anyone who has been a victim of physical or sexual assault while using a rideshare service to come forward so we can hold the liable party, or combination of parties, accountable for their driver’s actions.
The Patterns of Physical and Sexual Assaults on Rideshare Passengers Must Be Addressed
According to a report from Uber, users reported nearly 6,000 sexual assault cases to the company over two years. Lyft has not released similar sexual assault data.
Uber’s report found in cases of “non-consensual sexual penetration,” passengers made up 92% of victims over that period.
As the Uber and Lyft scandals become more widely publicized, more survivors of rideshare assault are taking legal action. If you or someone you know is a victim of Uber and Lyft sexual assault, physical assault, unwanted physical contact, indecent exposure, or rape, we can help you enforce your legal rights to hold the company accountable for their driver’s actions.
Of course, Uber and Lyft drivers are also involved in their fair share of ordinary auto accidents and can also be victims of physical and sexual abuse while working. But sometimes there’s a legal technicality or issue raised by the fact that a rideshare company was involved. So for any rideshare matter, please be sure to call Personal Injury Legal Group first!
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With headquarters in Los Angeles and eight offices throughout the State of California, Personal Injury Legal Group’s personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles are here to help, starting with a free consultation by calling 310-388-4306 today.