meyers and flowers helping uber and lyft sexual assault victims
It started when dozens of women filed suit against Lyft for sexual assaults. Then in late 2019, Uber released a bombshell, more than 6,000 sexual assaults were reported during Uber rides in 2017 and 2018 in the U.S.
These lawsuits and reports underscore a significant safety and security issue with the popular ride-sharing apps putting countless riders at risk every day.
Uber and Lyft’s ongoing reckless disregard for their riders’ safety is unacceptable and civilly actionable. Meyers & Flowers is now seeking justice for the women and men who have been sexually and violently assaulted by Uber and Lyft drivers.
It is crucial to understand your rights if you have been the victim of an assault by an Uber or Lyft driver. First, report the rape or attack to the police or proper local authorities. But, beyond the criminal prosecution, the responsible parties also need to be held civilly accountable for all the physical and emotional damage. These parties include both the driver and the ride-sharing operator.
Uber and Lyft are culpable for their drivers’ behavior from the minute a rider opens their car door. There are many ways Lyft and Uber fail to protect their riders, including:
- Not providing a safe environment for their riders
- Not properly vetting drivers’ backgrounds
- Not fully screening a drivers’ records for reports of sexual assaults or criminal wrongdoing
- Not warning riders about possible dangers
- Falsely advertising their services as a safe alternative to the intoxicated or incapacitated
Meyers & Flowers understands what it means to protect our clients’ rights. We work tirelessly to hold the responsible accountable for the irreparable damage they have caused our clients and their families.
Our goal is to expose not only the predatory conduct but also advocate for the needed changes in hiring policies, more thoroughly checking background records and other changes needed to make the simple act of getting a ride home that much safer.