Lyft Driver Charged with Sexual Assault of Passenger in Madison
A 28-year-old Lyft driver was arrested in the early hours of Sunday, February 3 for allegedly sexually assaulting a passenger while dropping her off at her apartment. Madison Police have charged Hassen Ahmed with two counts of second-degree sexual assault.
A 25-year-old woman got a ride to her Langdon Street apartment from Ahmed through the Lyft ridesharing service. According to the police, Ahmed claimed he needed to use the bathroom in order to enter her apartment, where he allegedly assaulted her.
The victim called police after Ahmed left and provided information which helped them locate the suspect. Police pulled him over in traffic and arrested him.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Sexual Assault by Lyft and Uber Drivers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits, helping them find justice against negligent third parties who enable abuse. We’ve asked him to share some thoughts on the legal options of those who have survived assaults involving drivers for Lyft, Uber, and other rideshare services:
Rideshare services have made life much more convenient, as there is no longer the hassle of calling or tracking down a taxi. However, these companies have also come under fire for failing to adequately protect their customers.
According to an investigative report by CNN, 103 Uber drivers and 18 Lyft drivers were accused of sexually assaulting passengers between 2014 and 2018. Both of these companies have faced several multi-million dollar lawsuits involving dozens of victims who allege these companies have put riders at risk by failing to have adequate screening processes for their drivers.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault by a driver for Lyft or Uber, we want to help you find justice for what’s happened to you. You can learn more about your legal options by contacting one of our experienced sexual assault survivors attorneys.