According to News-Press, an Uber driver was arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting a passenger after dropping her off at the Ashlar Apartments located at 13001 Corbel Cir, Fort Myers, FL 33907.
On Sunday, December 4, 2022, at approximately 4 a.m., police responded to a call regarding a sexual battery. The victim claimed that 37-year-old Uber driver Felix Manuel Torres attacked her when she was walking to her door after being dropped off. Police say that Torres threw the victim to the ground after grabbing her from behind. The man covered her mouth and overpowered her. Detectives used video surveillance to confirm that he worked for the ride-sharing company and that he drove the victim home that morning. They were able to track him to his residence where he confirmed he took her home that morning.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard is an experienced Uber sexual assault lawyer who represents victims in civil lawsuits against sexual predators and negligent third parties. Michael recently shared his insight regarding victims sexually assaulted by Uber drivers seeking justice.
"Business models allow ride-sharing companies to say they are not responsible for the harm their drivers cause. They claim they do nothing more than provide a platform for drivers and passengers to communicate. Additionally, they claim that their drivers are not employees of the company. However, some courts have ruled that Uber and Lyft should take safety measures to protect passengers from known dangers. This includes the known risk that drivers may engage in unwanted sexual advances, commit sexual assaults, or even rape riders."
Some courts have ruled that ride-sharing companies should take precautions to protect their passengers. The risk that drivers may engage in unwanted sexual advances, commit sexual assaults, or even rape their passengers is included in these dangers.
"An experienced sexual assault lawyer will help victims seek justice by holding the individual driver and ride-sharing company liable while demanding compensation. Victims of Uber sexual assault should consult with a legal representative to learn more about their legal options."