Rideshare applications such as Uber and Lyft have completely changed transportation over the past decade. It is simple, quick, and often inexpensive to call an Uber or Lyft to get you from Point A to Point B. In 2019, it was reported that a third of all Americans have used a rideshare application, doubling the statistic reported in 2015. What Uber and Lyft have not accounted for is the high number of reported sexual assaults. Uber alone has received 5,981 allegations of serious sexual assault just in the past two years. Despite its severity, sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes. According to a Justice Department analysis of violent crime in 2016, nearly 80 percent of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported. Many survivors fear retaliation, believe the police would not do anything to help, or even believe the crime was not important enough to report. We, at Levin Simes want to eliminate those stigmas and provide the public with the information they need to get the justice and help they deserve.
If you have been sexually assaulted, employing the following actions might not only ensure your safety, but increase the chances that your attacker will be caught, and decrease their chances of assaulting another person:
Our clients’ confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us. In the event it is necessary to file suit, it is possible to maintain anonymity in cases involving serious sexual assault. We explain the risks and benefits of anonymity to our clients and the final decision as to whether to proceed with filing suit and maintaining anonymity in doing so is always up to the client.
We encourage survivors to seek out therapy if possible, while understanding that each survivor’s path to healing is highly individualized. Below is a short list of resources we have compiled for sexual assault survivors:
Please note, each state has a statutory time limit for when a claim must be brought before the court. If you do not file a claim before the statute of limitations expires, you may not be able to pursue a claim in the future.
For this reason, if you or a loved one was injured or assaulted by an Uber or Lyft driver, call our firm at (415) 426-3000 as soon as possible to speak with a rideshare assault attorney.