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If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted in an Uber or Lyft, you may be entitled to compensation. While money can’t fix everything, it can pay for your medical needs, including counseling, therapy, and more. Contact an Uber sexual assault lawyer at The Law Giant, Personal Injury & Accident Lawyers today at 866-523-4167 for a confidential consultation of your case.

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How Do I Recover Physically & Emotionally from Sexual Assault?

You are not alone in your journey to recovery after a sexual assault. There are organizations that can help you recover physically and emotionally from sexual assault. Some of those include:

Get Medical Treatment Right Away

It’s important that you get medical treatment right away after a sexual assault. The emergency room at the hospital will use what is called a “rape kit” to recover DNA from your injuries. This can help you identify the perpetrator in a criminal case as well as a civil case so you can get compensation in the future.

Keep all your medical records and bills. This information will be used to prove your injuries as well as other losses, such as financial costs. Any documents you receive related to the sexual assault should be saved and given to your Uber and Lyft sexual assault lawyer.

Sexual assault causes significant emotional trauma.
9 4 %

of sexually assaulted women experienced PTSD after their attack.

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How Do I Report Sexual Assault?

The first place you should report a sexual assault is to the police. You can call 911 or go directly to the nearest police station. When you go to the hospital, the medical personnel there can help you make a report to law enforcement as well.

Reporting Sexual Assault to the Rideshare Companies

You should also make a report about your sexual assault to Uber or Lyft. You can do this through either app by following these instructions:

How to Report Sexual Assault to Uber

  1. Open the Uber app.
  2. Tap on the “Help” menu.
  3. Select “Help with a trip.”
  4. Choose the trip during which the assault occurred.
  5. Tap on “Report safety issue.”
  6. Select “Report a safety incident involving a driver.”
  7. Follow the prompts to provide details about the incident.

How to Report Sexual Assault to Lyft

  1. Open the Lyft app.
  2. Tap on the menu icon in the top left corner.
  3. Select “Help.”
  4. Choose “Ride history.”
  5. Select the ride during which the assault occurred.
  6. Tap on “Get Help” (iOS) or “Request Review” (Android).
  7. Select “Report a safety incident.”
  8. Follow the prompts to provide details about the incident.

Allow an Attorney to Help

If you are unsure about how and where to report the sexual assault, you should reach out to a rideshare sexual assault lawyer. They can help you report the incident and communicate with the police and rideshare company on your behalf.

What Damages Can I Recover After a Rideshare Sexual Assault Incident?

If you file a Lyft or Uber sexual assault lawsuit, you may be able to get compensation to provide you with some relief. You can get money to help with the following:

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

Sexual assault victims are often unaware that they can get money for their losses due to the trauma they have sustained. The ridesharing companies, the Uber or Lyft driver, and others should be held responsible for your damages.

Who’s At Fault for Rideshare Sexual Assault?

Determining fault in a rideshare sexual assault case is complex and depends on the specific circumstances of the incident. However, the following parties may be held liable:

  • The perpetrator (often the driver): The person who committed the sexual assault is ultimately responsible for their actions. They may face criminal charges, civil lawsuits, and other penalties.
  • The rideshare company: Rideshare companies have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to protect their passengers from harm. This includes screening drivers, implementing safety features, and providing training on sexual assault prevention. If a company fails to take these steps, it may be held liable for the actions of its drivers.
  • Third parties: In some cases, third parties may also be liable if they contributed to the sexual assault. For example, if a hotel failed to secure its premises, and a guest was then assaulted by a rideshare driver who gained access to the hotel, the hotel could be held liable for the assault.

It is important to note that the legal landscape surrounding rideshare sexual assault is still evolving. Courts are still navigating with how to apply traditional legal principles to the relatively new phenomenon of rideshare services. As a result, the specific factors that courts consider when determining fault will vary from case to case.

Has Uber or Lyft Ever Been Sued for Sexual Assault?

Both Uber and Lyft have been sued for sexual assaults that have happened in rideshares. In fact, there have been hundreds of lawsuits filed against the two companies alleging that riders were sexually assaulted by their drivers.

In a safety report published by Uber, the company stated there were 3,824 sexual assaults reported in 2019 and 2020. Lyft reported that it received 4,158 sexual assault reports in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Will I Have to Go to Court for a Rideshare Sexual Assault Case?

If you file an Uber sexual assault lawsuit, you may have to go to court if your case ends up going to trial. However, very few civil cases go to trial. Most of them settle out of court, allowing you to receive compensation without having to go to court. Your attorney can appear on your behalf at most hearings and conferences.

Will My Rideshare Case Remain Confidential?

You may be worried that if you report a sexual assault in a rideshare, you will face retaliation. However, most cases are settled out of court and the details are confidential.