Legal Recourse For Victims of Sexual Assault by Uber and Lyft Drivers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to discuss the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted by drivers for Lyft, Uber, and other rideshare services:
Ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber have been making headlines for their issues with sexual assault by drivers. Uber has been sued three times for alleged sexual assaults, including one California lawsuit filed by nine women who say there were assaulted by the company’s drivers in separate incidents. States like California, Texas, Colorado, and Massachusetts have investigated both Uber and Lyft to determine if they have failed to properly screen their drivers.
Because these drivers are often left alone with their customers, it’s imperative to make sure that no predators are allowed to work for the company. When a customer is sexually assaulted by a driver, the company may be held liable if their negligence allowed the assault to occur – such as failure to run a background check.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted by a Lyft or Uber driver, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against the company. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.
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