Rideshares Gone Wrong: Sexual Assaults In Uber And Lyft Rides
Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have changed the way people get around town these days. It’s easier than ever to pull out your phone and get a ride from a fellow member of your community rather than waiting for public transportation or hailing a cab. Unfortunately, rideshares are also providing creeps with easy access to potential victims.
According to a report released by Uber in 2019, more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its rides in 2018 as well as nine murders and 58 deaths from car crashes. Uber’s model for profitability involves largely remaining hands-off while skimming the cash off the top; this is evidenced in its approach to employee classification and benefits as well as its approach to conducting proper background checks (potential driver fingerprints are not submitted to the FBI).
Enough Is Enough. It’s Time To Fight Back.
Uber and Lyft cannot continue to hide behind the fact that their employees are “independent contractors”. They need to be held accountable for the conditions their ride-share platform creates; conditions that have led to more than 3,000 sexual assaults in one calendar year. You should not be left to bear the emotional, physical, psychological, and financial burdens alone after surviving an Uber-related sexual assault.
At Roberts & Harris, P.C., we are prepared to fight those who stand in the way of the justice you deserve. Our team includes a former insurance company defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the games that corporations and their insurers play to avoid doing the right thing. We will fight aggressively to obtain the full compensation you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages you have suffered as a result of sexual assault.