Ridesharing platforms including Uber and Lyft have become a regular part of our urban environment. California legalized rideshare services in 2013; the use of such services remains a legal gray area since these companies are not subject to the same strict standards as their “common carrier” (e.g. taxi cab) counterparts.
Since their legalization in 2013, rideshare companies have been embroiled in legal battle after legal battle from car accidents due to distracted drivers using apps to sexual assaults on passengers.
Uber and Lyft Driver Background Checks
Uber and Lyft’s negligent hiring practices and insufficient background checks on drivers have created easy opportunity for sexual and/or physical assault on passengers, particularly females. Our team of lawyers will protect the identity of any individual who has experienced such an event, and vigorously advocate to get them just compensation for what they endured.
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. A CNN report identified over a hundred instances in the United States of assault, battery, or sexual assault during rideshares.
Uber Mediation and Arbitration
Uber and Lyft announced they would drop terms of service restricting victims of Uber sexual assault from filing lawsuits. Previously the firms used terms of service in their app to force injured women to settle cases in mandatory arbitration.
Uber’s Chief Legal Officer Tony West wrote they “will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber riders, drivers or employees.” Lyft followed with a similar matching announcement shortly thereafter.
Uber Sexual Assault Lawyer
Levin Simes Abrams has and will continue to stay at the forefront of rideshare litigation. If you or a loved one was involved in an incident in a rideshare vehicle from any rideshare company, call our firm at 415-426-3000 to speak with our assault attorneys.
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