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Lyft Sexual Assault Attorneys

You are not alone if you have been assaulted, and you have options.

Why Do You Need a Lyft Sexual Assault Lawyer?

Unfortunately, sexual assault is a prevalent issue in our society, and ride-sharing services like Lyft are not immune to this problem. Survivors of sexual assault can suffer physical, emotional, and psychological trauma that can have long-lasting effects on their lives. A lawsuit can help compensate those injuries and provide justice and closure.

A Lyft sexual assault lawyer can help survivors navigate the legal system and obtain the compensation they deserve. At the women-led firm of Levin Simes, our attorneys have the industry-leading experience necessary to gather evidence, build a strong case against the perpetrator, and represent rideshare assault survivors in court.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault while using Lyft, it is important to seek the help of a qualified Lyft sexual assault attorney. With our help, you can hold those responsible accountable, and in doing so help make using rideshares safer for everyone. The feeling of accomplishment from a lawsuit could also be an important step toward your own healing and recovery. 

How Can You Talk to a Lyft Case Lawyer Today?

Levin Simes represents hundreds of rideshare survivors of sexual assault and harassment. If you are in need of a private discussion with an attorney, please contact us online, call our rideshare lawyers at (415) 426-3000, or email your case info@levinsimes.com. We can set up a dedicated time to talk and discuss your case.

What Kind of Settlement Can a Lyft Sexual Harassment Attorney Help You Secure?

Filing a Lyft sexual assault lawsuit can help you recover many costs and losses, including:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Costs of ongoing rehabilitation and therapy
  • Lost wages from missing work
  • Loss of the ability to generate future wages
  • Pain and suffering losses
  • Other costs caused by the sexual assault

If you or a loved one were sexually assaulted in connection with a Lyft ride, you have every right to seek justice. Filing a claim promptly can help you obtain the settlement amount needed for your recovery — funds that can go towards taking time off work, prioritizing therapy, or other life changes that would benefit you like (like moving closer to supportive family or friends). 

Pursuing legal action can also help expose and uncover other instances of abuse, and may help prevent sexual assaults in the future. That means preventing harm from happening others just like you.

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What Are Real Lyft Sexual Assault Survivor Stories? (Trigger Warning)

In a Community Safety Report, Lyft stated that it received more than 4,000 reports of sexual assault in just two years in connection with its platform. The following are accounts of various incidents reported by survivors and represented by Levin Simes:

  • Alison Turkos was kidnapped at gunpoint by her Lyft driver and driven across state lines to an isolated park. There she was subjected to a brutal gang rape by the Lyft driver and two other men who cheered each other on and high-fived each other as they took turns raping Ms. Turkos. Levin Simes filed her case on September 17, 2019. The FBI is also investigating this case.
  • One woman, a resident of Louisiana, told NPR’s All Things Considered that after spending an evening with a friend in New Orleans, she was raped and sodomized by her Lyft driver. Levin Simes filed her case in August 2019.
  • Another woman ordered a Lyft after a night out in San Diego. The driver walked her to her door, made his way into her home, and raped her. Levin Simes filed her case in August 2019.
  • One woman was sexually assaulted and battered by her driver, who then returned to her residence and broke in. She remains debilitated by the effects of her assault. Levin Simes filed her case on September 17, 2019.
  • Another woman was attacked by a driver who signed up for Lyft using a stolen ID. Lyft failed to recognize the problem and allowed the driver to use the network and assault his passenger. Levin Simes filed her case on September 17, 2019.

Both Lyft and Uber’s negligent hiring practices and insufficient background checks on drivers have created easy opportunities for sexual and/or physical assault on passengers. Our team of lawyers will protect the identity of any individual who has experienced harassment or assault. We will also vigorously advocate to secure just compensation for the trauma endured.

What Does a Lyft Sexual Assault Attorney Do for Your Case?

Here are some of the ways a Lyft sexual assault attorney can help with your case:

  • Gather evidence: Your attorney can work to gather evidence, such as witness statements, police reports, and medical records, that can support your case and help to establish liability on the part of the perpetrator.
  • Build a strong case: With the evidence collected, your attorney can use their legal expertise to build a strong case that supports your claim for compensation. We can also represent you in court and negotiate with Lyft's legal team to obtain a fair settlement.
  • Protect your rights and privacy: Your attorney can ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout the legal process. We can also help you navigate any legal challenges that may arise, such as objections to evidence or defamatory arguments made by the opposing party.

Additionally, a Lyft sexual assault attorney can provide a critical buffer between you and the distressing memories of the assault you survived. Securing justice should not retraumatize you — our lawyers can help demystify the legal process, and work to protect your reputation throughout the process. 

We can also interact with opposing counsel or the attacker on your behalf. This helps spare our clients the feelings of fear, dread, or rage that can be caused by any avoidable confrontations.

What Our Clients are Saying

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The law firm was awesome handling my case. They were very professional and understanding of what happened to me. They also got me my settlement before I expected it!!

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The team at Levin Simes LLP could not have been more supportive in handling my case. The entire process was smooth, professional, and done with the utmost respect. I am forever changed from this experience and it would not have happened without their help!”

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Contact Lyft Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Rape Lawyers

Levin Simes is a women-led law firm that has helped prompt and implement vital rideshare reforms to protect women, children, and all passengers from dangers associated with sexual assault and harassment. 

Why Choose Levin Simes

Noted as the “national leaders” in rideshare sexual assault cases, the attorneys at Levin Simes are fighting back on behalf of survivors seeking to hold Lyft accountable for unsafe practices. We have critical experience from representing hundreds of survivors who were sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, kidnapped, or raped by Uber and Lyft drivers. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at (415) 426-3000 to learn about your legal rights and options. One call could begin the closure you need to heal and move forward.

We never settle for less.
Why should you?

Reaching out to a lawyer is the first step on your path towards recovering a better quality of life. At Levin Simes, we give our undivided attention to each client, and all communications are held in the strictest of confidence. We are on hand to guide you through the process and support you at every step of the way. Contact us by filling out the form or calling us directly at (415) 993-9989.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Lyft do driver background checks?

Yes, however these checks conducted by rideshare services may not be thorough enough in each case. For example, Uber settled a lawsuit filed by the District Attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2015 for $25 million, for what the government asserted was false and misleading statements regarding safety. They are now adding features such as in-app 911 calling to try and turn around a history of lax safety.

What is Lyft arbitration?

Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution that takes place outside of traditional courts. Arbitration rulings frequently favor corporations over injured individuals, with little or no recourse for appeal once a decision is made. 

Previously, Lyft’s terms of service in their app forced injured passengers to settle cases in mandatory arbitration. Now, Lyft has announced they will drop terms of service restricting survivors of sexual assault from filing lawsuits. That means when you report someone due to a Lyft sexual assault, you can also directly file a lawsuit in connection with the incident.

Was Lyft’s rebranding as a “woke” company true?

Lyft’s “woke” reputation is more of a marketing creation than a reality supported by facts. In the wake of much-publicized scandals from Uber which peaked in 2017, Lyft responded by branding itself as a safer alternative. Despite management’s words, Lyft’s business model of simply copying Uber’s business practices continued. 

Lyft previously demanded – like Uber – that rape survivors’ claims be submitted to arbitration. It was only after Uber announced it would stop forcing survivors of sexual assault into arbitration that Lyft followed. Uber updated its app to provide new safety features such as a panic button. Lyft waited a year, then announced it would do the same. Uber added ongoing background checks for drivers. Lyft waited a year before following Uber’s lead.

What should you do if you were assaulted by your Lyft driver?

The first steps after a sexual attack from a Lyft driver are to ensure your physical safety. Once in a secure place, call friends or family for support. If you are injured, go to a hospital. After you are safe, make a report.

When possible, take notes of the incident while they are fresh in your mind, and include important details. Contact an attorney immediately to ensure your rights are protected, and to receive specific advice related to your situation. Call Levin Simes at (415) 426-3000 or email info@levinsimes.com to speak with our lawyers — we have years of experience in representing survivors of rideshare assaults, and are ready to help you right away.