Taking an Uber or Lyft home might be the responsible decision after a night of drinking – but is it the safest one? Millions of riders around the world trust Uber and Lyft to get them to their destinations safely. Since the debut of ridesharing, however, reports of sexual assaults by drivers have plagued the industry. Neither Uber nor Lyft checks drivers’ backgrounds farther than seven years prior. They also do not interview or train their drivers in person.
If you are a survivor of Uber or Lyft sexual assault, the San Antonio lawyers at Hill Law Firm may be able to help you hold someone accountable. The ridesharing company may be vicariously liable for the wrongdoing of a driver, allowing you to pursue a claim against the company rather than the individual perpetrator. This could result in greater compensation. Learn more today during a free and confidential consultation.
Why Choose Us?
- We have years of experience successfully handling cases and taking many to trial.
- We excel at communication and always answer calls from clients.
- We have an award-winning lead attorney, Justin Hill, with a reputation for excellence.
- We prove our dedication to success with a long history of verdicts and settlements.
- We always use the utmost care and confidentiality when handling sexual assault cases.
How a Sexual Assault Lawyer Can Help
Your personal protection is paramount during an Uber or Lyft sexual assault case. You should feel safe, confident and empowered when standing up against major corporations in the pursuit of justice. Our attorneys at Hill Law Firm can help you do that. We will listen to your needs and unique goals to help make them a reality. We can keep your identity anonymous if desired while we fight for fair results on your behalf. You can focus on recovering and moving forward while we concentrate on obtaining maximum financial compensation from Uber or Lyft.
What Is Sexual Assault?
The definition of sexual assault under Texas criminal law is intentionally and knowingly committing a sexual act against a person without that person’s consent. The state’s sexual assault law lists several sexual activities that could constitute sexual assault if the person did not give his or her knowing and free consent to the activity. If a perpetrator physically restrained a person, threatened violence, used physical violence or coerced someone into sexual activities, it is sexual assault.
- Contact between the sexual organ of one person with the mouth, sexual organ or anus of another person
- Penetration of the mouth
- Penetration of the sexual organ or anus
Texas recognizes several sex crimes, ranging from stalking to sexual battery. If you are unsure whether your Uber or Lyft driver’s actions against you qualify as a crime, call the police to report the incident to be safe. Then, speak to an attorney from Hill Law Firm about a potential civil claim. You could be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, emotional distress, mental anguish, post-traumatic stress disorder, legal fees and more.
Uber and Lyft Sexual Assault Statistics
Uber and Lyft sexual assault is difficult to quantify since the ridesharing industry is relatively new. Police reports may not classify Uber/Lyft sexual assault separately from other sexual assault allegations. Some organizations, such as Who’s Driving You, however, gathered data from alleged incidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers to help highlight the risks associated with ridesharing. This public awareness campaign states that since 2014, ridesharing passengers have reported 95 alleged assaults by drivers, 374 alleged sexual assaults and harassments, and 15 alleged kidnappings. Assault is a serious issue in the ridesharing industry.
Contact a Sexual Assault Lawyer Today
Uber and Lyft drivers can commit sexual abuse against passengers before, during or after rides. In these situations, the survivor has rights. The police can help prosecutors bring criminal charges against the perpetrator while a sexual assault lawyer from Hill Law Firm can help you file a civil claim. A civil lawsuit against the driver and/or Uber or Lyft could result in payment for your economic and noneconomic damages. Contact us today to start with a free consultation.