Lyft Sexual Assault
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.
Lyft Driver Background Checks
Both Lyft and Uber’s negligent hiring practices and insufficient background checks on drivers have created easy opportunity for sexual and/or physical assault on passengers. 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.
Lyft Mediation and Arbitration
Lyft announced they would drop terms of service restricting victims of 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 also dropped the requirement. 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 then followed with a similar matching announcement.
Lyft 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 Lyft vehicle, call our firm at 415-426-3000 or email [email protected] to speak with our assault attorneys.
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Our work for rideshare victims has been covered by CNN, NBC, CBS, Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, Vice and more.
Lyft Sexual Assault Lawyers Laurel Simes and Rachel Abrams on NPR All Things Considered
NPR’s All Things Considered talked with the female-led law firm of Levin Simes Abrams regarding their work helping dozens of victims of sexual assault by Lyft drivers. Levin Simes Abrams filed multiple lawsuits alleging Lyft drivers raped, kidnapped, or assaulted passengers, and Lyft has not taken action to lessen or prevent the risk of sexual assault.
Listen to partners Laurel Simes and Rachel Abrams here: