Is Uber Safe for Women?

By Levin Simes
March 21, 2023
If you have been assaulted or harassed while using a rideshare service, a lawyer can help you determine your rights and sue for damages.

Rideshare services like Uber have made everyday transportation easy and efficient. However, the ease of using these services may come at the risk of your health and safety. Most Uber rides will transpire without any problem or issue. However, Uber rides can occasionally become a nightmare when passengers are harassed or assaulted. 

Levin Simes is a female-led law firm located in the California Bay Area. Our team is a national leader in rideshare litigation including Uber assault and harassment cases. Contact the lawyers at Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000. Our attorneys are standing by help you. To learn more about Uber and rideshare litigation, continue reading.

Is Uber Safe for Female Passengers? 

Despite the convenience that Uber provides, it has also led to an increase in Uber sexual assault cases. Uber is a transportation company that allows riders to call for rides through the use of an app. Drivers charge passengers for rides and are paid through the app. 

Unfortunately, women have reported many sexual assaults and different forms of harassment while utilizing Uber’s rideshare services. While people of all genders can be sexually assaulted, female rideshare users and drivers are especially at risk when utilizing rideshare services. About 90% of all reported sexual assaults are made by females.

When major corporations like Uber are more focused on company growth and profits, they may be tempted to forego the safety of their customers. Uber has taken some steps to address the problems that their rideshare service has created. However, despite improvements to safety features within the app, including an in-app emergency button, female rideshare users and drivers continue to face higher risks for physical and sexual assault. 

What Can I Expect to Recover in a Rideshare Lawsuit?

If you have been harassed, assaulted, or sexually assaulted while using a rideshare service like Uber, you may be able to bring a lawsuit for damages. Damages are monetary awards that are intended to restore the receiving party to the state they were in before the injury. There is no set amount of damages that you may receive in a rideshare lawsuit. However, filing a lawsuit may be able to help you recover damages such as:

  • Medical expenses caused by the assault 
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of future income or the ability to work
  • Ongoing rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Punitive damages or damages for pain and suffering

Each rideshare lawsuit will be different and will depend on the various facts and circumstances surrounding your case. Damages will be awarded accordingly. 

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of an Uber assault it is important that you report the incident as soon as possible. Legal representation may also be able to help you hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. Contact the attorneys at Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000 today. To learn more about rideshare lawsuits, continue reading. 

Is Uber Safe for Female Drivers? 

Women who drive for rideshare services like Uber are also at a higher risk of assault or harassment. Most surveys, studies, and media outlets focus on female rideshare passengers, but women who drive for Uber also report numerous incidents of harassment, assault, and sexual assault. 

Safety tips for female rideshare drivers include: 

  • Installing a dashboard camera to film each ride 
  • Verify your passenger’s in-app rating before each ride
  • Maintenance your vehicle regularly to avoid roadside breakdowns 
  • Be sure to report any and all incidents to the driving platform
  • Call 911 if you feel unsafe 

Millions of Uber rides occur every single day. Both riders and drivers have the right to safe transportation. With proper caution, driving for Uber or other rideshare services can be both safe and profitable. 

How Safe Is Uber for Women? 

Using Uber can still be safe for women if proper precautions are taken. Additionally, many women still feel safer using Uber or other rideshare services over traditional taxi cab services. Being cautious and careful can keep you safe while using services like Uber. 

Safety tips for female rideshare passengers include: 

  • Sharing your location with your others
  • Staying vigilant and aware of your surroundings in case your driver deviates from the requested route
  • Take rides with friends or people you know when possible
  • Confirm the driver’s details including name, license plate number, and vehicle make and model before entering
  • Call 911 if you feel unsafe

If you have been injured while using a rideshare service such as Uber, you may be able to file a lawsuit for damages. Bringing a lawsuit for damages will help you obtain the financial means to heal in peace. Additionally, your lawsuit will help hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. 

Consult With an Experienced Uber Case Lawyer Today

The lawyers at Levin Simes are very familiar with the rideshare litigation and the disrupting effect that it may have on you and your loved ones. When choosing an attorney to represent you after a rideshare incident, it is important to consider a law firm’s experience and the results they have obtained in the type of litigation you are hiring them for. 

The attorneys at Levin Simes will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the justice you deserve. They are leaders in this very specific type of litigation. In just the past 10 years, they have collected more than $500 million dollars in settlements for their clients. By filing a lawsuit, you can help yourself and help others. Lawsuits incentivize higher safety standards from Uber and similar rideshare companies which will potentially reduce danger for those who use rideshare services. Contact the team at Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000 today. Let our lawyers handle your case and help you achieve justice.

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