Attorneys are investigating possible sexual assault lawsuits against ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft, following reports their drivers have been involved in sexual assaults.
Allegations have been made regarding both Uber sexual assault and Lyft driver rape of passengers in their vehicles. Lyft and Uber lawsuits allege the companies were negligent in hiring drivers, putting passengers-especially female passengers-at risk of harm.
Uber Sexual Assault Lawsuit
Uber Technologies Inc. faces lawsuits alleging the company negligently hired drivers without conducting proper background checks.
The lawsuits allege the company markets itself as having an “industry-leading” background check process, but plaintiffs allege the company actually uses a process designed to quickly hire new drivers at minimal cost to the company, putting passengers at risk of a potential Uber rape.
Uber released its first safety report in early December 2019 and noted that it had reports of 3,045 sexual assaults, nine murders and 58 crashes in its US rides in 2018.
One Uber sexual assault lawsuit was filed earlier in 2017 in California, by a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by her Uber driver.
Meanwhile, a different lawsuit was filed by a Chicago woman, who alleges her Uber driver sexually assaulted her, refused to let her out of his vehicle until she gave and confirmed her phone number, and sent her a harassing voicemail.
The lawsuits are not the first sexual assault lawsuits Uber has faced. In 2016, the company settled a lawsuit brought by two women who alleged they were sexually assaulted by their Uber drivers. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.
Uber initially argued it was not responsible for its drivers’ behavior because they are contractors, not employees. But a federal court judge dismissed the company’s argument, siding with the Uber victims.
Also in 2016, Uber also reached a settlement with prosecutors in which the company agreed it would stop marketing its background checks as being “the gold standard” in background checks.
Lyft Driver Rape Allegations
Lyft, another ride-hailing company, also faces allegations its drivers have assaulted or raped passengers. One lawsuit was filed by a San Antonio woman, who alleges Lyft acted with “flagrant and malicious disregard” for her safety.
The lawsuit names both Lyft and its driver as defendants. Lyft has said the driver’s account was deactivated once it learned of the sexual assault complaint.
In a different lawsuit against Lyft filed in 2015, a woman in Chula Vista alleged a Lyft driver followed her into her home and groped her against her will. As with other lawsuits, the victim alleged Lyft did not do enough to protect her from harm committed by her driver.
Uber and Lyft Injury Lawyer
Both Uber and Lyft face allegations they have not done enough to ensure passenger safety and repeatedly refuse to require fingerprinting or thorough background checks for their drivers.
Uber, meanwhile, has faced repeated concerns that it misleads customers about its driver screening process. If it is negligent in hiring drivers and those drivers sexually assault or harm passengers, the company must be held accountable.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault by an Uber driver or by a Lyft driver, Cutter Law’s Uber Injury Lawyers are available to discuss your situation and advise you of your rights.