Have You Experienced Sexual Assault Or Abuse?

Uber & Lyft Sexual Assault Lawyer

Understand your legal rights and options to file a rideshare sexual assault lawsuit and how to hire the right Lyft or Uber sexual assault lawyer to help you seek justice and move forward.

Survivor Advocate

Reviewed By: Melissa Reitberg

Uber Sexual Assault Attorney

Key Takeaways

  • If you’ve experienced sexual abuse or assault in an Uber or Lyft, an experienced Uber/Lyft sexual assault lawyer can help you understand your rights and file a claim. 
  • Uber and Lyft can be held accountable for rideshare sexual assault through filing a lawsuit against the companies for their role in the harm that happened to you.
  • Helping Survivors works with multiple law firms and can put you in touch with an experienced Lyft & Uber sexual assault lawyer in your area with the expertise you deserve.

Do I Have an Uber/Lyft Sexual Assault Case?

If you have been sexually assaulted while taking an Uber or a Lyft, you may have the right to file a rideshare sexual assault lawsuit alongside the hundreds of individuals who have already come forward. 

If a driver has forced or attempted to force a sexual act on you without your consent, you may have a case and be able to file a lawsuit to seek damages against Uber or Lyft. 

You should speak to a Lyft and Uber sexual assault attorney as soon as possible if you experienced any of the following types of rideshare sexual assault: 

  • Unwanted fondling, groping, or touching
  • Attempted rape
  • Rape
  • Other non-consensual sexual acts, such as kissing, oral sex
  • Indecent exposure (also known as exhibition or flashing)
  • Masturbation 
  • Sex trafficking
  • Stalking and/or harassment 

Individuals can seek compensation, justice, and accountability through a rideshare sexual assault lawsuit against the company and/or the perpetrator. 

The only way to know if you have a claim is to speak to an experienced Lyft or Uber sexual assault lawyer.

An experienced Uber/Lyft sexual assault attorney will ask questions to understand the facts and circumstances surrounding your case and evaluate any applicable local laws to determine if you are able to file a rideshare sexual assault lawsuit against Uber or Lyft. 

Last Date Modified
May 24, 2024

Can Uber & Lyft Be Held Liable for Sexual Assault?

Yes.

Uber and Lyft have already started being held accountable for rideshare sexual assault. 

While the person who perpetrated the harm is ultimately responsible for their actions, the ridesharing platforms have a responsibility to its users and other stakeholders to provide a safe service. 

Uber can be held liable for the actions of its drivers, particularly when they carelessly hire (or fail to fire) a known dangerous driver.

Although the perpetrator is ultimately accountable for their actions, ridesharing platforms are obligated to ensure safety for their users and drivers. Victims may be eligible for compensation from the company, depending on the circumstances and applicable local laws. Speaking to a law firm with experienced Lyft & Uber sexual assault lawyers can help you understand your rights and options — and Helping Survivors can do the work to find the best firm for you if you contact us today.

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How Can Hiring an Uber or Lyft Sexual Assault Lawyer Help?

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If you were a victim of sexual assault, abuse, or harassment in an Uber or Lyft, you may have the option to file a lawsuit against the company. Filing a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft is about helping to ensure you have the resources needed to heal from what happened.

Hiring an experienced Uber/Lyft sexual assault lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and provide assistance with:

  • Gathering and documenting evidence of the assault
  • Drafting and submitting an in-app incident report to Uber or Lyft
  • Reporting the incident to law enforcement, if this has not yet been done
  • Filing a sexual assault lawsuit against Uber or Lyft on your behalf
  • Handling all communications with the rideshare company, their attorneys, and the courts
  • If required, an attorney can also help throughout the deposition process, which is a process to gather testimony obtained from individuals involved with a case under oath.
  • Negotiating with company representatives for a possible settlementFiling the claim under seal or as a “Jane/John Doe” to help protect your information as applicable by laws
  • Representing you in all court appearances related to the case.

Choosing and trusting an attorney can be a daunting and confusing task, especially after experiencing a traumatic event. At Helping Survivors, we partner with various top-rated law firms nationwide that specialize in assisting survivors of all forms of sexual abuse, including experienced Uber and Lyft sexual assault lawyers.

Offer Free Consultations

A reputable and experienced law firm will speak to survivors of rideshare sexual assault for free. This free consultation call is designed to help you understand your rights and options and if you have a rideshare sexual assault claim. 

This means there are not upfront costs to speaking to an Uber or Lyft attorney.

No Fee - Case on Contingency

Experienced Lyft/Uber sexual assault lawyers take these types of cases on contingency — which means there are no upfront legal costs to you. The firm will only be compensated if and when you win, which incentivizes them to fight for you and as much monetary damages as possible. 

Helping Survivors only works with Uber/Lyft sexual assault lawyers who work on contingency. 

Discuss All Options

An experienced Lyft/Uber sexual assault attorney should be very transparent with you about your legal rights and options and the potential outcomes of each including reporting to law enforcement and filing a civil claim against Uber. They should also understand the statute of limitations, if you should file under the Uber Multi-District Litigation, and filing a police report if you haven’t already.

Trauma-Informed

While you want a lawyer that will fight for you, you also want a law firm who understands and empathizes with you throughout the experience. Your law firm should be responsive, communicative, and sensitive to your needs, especially since you’ve just endured a life-altering experience.

We know that seeking assistance for sexual assault and harassment can be challenging because it requires you to think about the traumatic incident again. Helping Survivors can connect you to an experienced rideshare sexual assault lawyer so you don’t have to go through this alone.

Uber & Lyft Sexual Assault Attorney Melissa Ryan Reitberg

Melissa Ryan Reitberg is an Uber and Lyft rideshare sexual assault lawyer at the Meirowitz & Wasserberg firm. You may have seen Melissa in our videos related to the rights and options for those impacted by rideshare sexual assault — she is one of the many specialized lawyers Helping Survivors works with to help survivors get the help they need and deserve. 

She is a fierce advocate for survivors yet trauma-informed and compassionate in her work so her clients can focus on healing and she can focus on standing up for your rights. 

Her legal journey began with a focus on supporting small business owners and artists, leading to her role at a prestigious litigation firm in New York City. Melissa has handled a variety of cases, including rideshare sexual assault, asbestos, toxic torts, environmental liability, product liability, personal injury, and complex construction accidents.

When you reach out to us, we’ll connect you with Melissa or another trauma-informed and experienced Uber or Lyft sexual assault lawyer. 

You don’t want to hire the wrong Uber or Lyft sexual assault attorney — as their inexperience could result in losing your case or receiving less than you deserve in awarded monetary damages. 

Helping Survivors works with top-rated, experienced law firms who specialize in helping survivors of sexual assault and abuse. We can connect you with an experienced rideshare sexual assault lawyer in your area to get you the help you deserve quickly, efficiently, and free of any costs. 

Uber & Lyft Sexual Assault Settlements

Since 2016, hundreds of survivors worked with experienced rideshare sexual assault lawyers to file claims against Uber and Lyft. A majority of these cases are still in early stages and therefore settlements have not yet been reached in most rideshare sexual assault cases. 

The compensation a victim of rideshare sexual assault receives after filing a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft depends on the facts, circumstances, and applicable laws. An experienced rideshare sexual assault lawyer can evaluate and estimate a Uber or Lyft lawsuit settlement after reviewing all of the relevant information. 

The compensation victims receive will never be enough to undo what they experienced — but it can help survivors pay for therapy, recoup lost wages from any missed work, and pay for any related medical expenses. 

Over the years, there have been a few public settlements related to rideshare sexual assault.

 

2019 CPUC vs. Uber Lawsuit – $9M Settlement

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) initiated a significant lawsuit against Uber over its failure to report customer-reported sexual assault incidents to law enforcement. When negotiations stalled, the CPUC demanded that Uber furnish comprehensive details about the assaults, including names of involved parties and witnesses. While victim advocates were against Uber having to hand over sensitive information of private citizens who may not want to report to law enforcement, Uber’s non-compliance resulted in a $59 million fine. Eventually, Uber agreed to a $9 million settlement. 

June 2022 – $25M Lyft Settlement Citing Safety Concerns by Shareholders  

In their claim, shareholders who invested in the IPO alleged that Lyft tried to appear more socially responsible and safer than rideshare rival Uber leading up to their IPO and claimed the company failed to disclose safety concerns before going public. The lawsuit came after dozens of lawsuits were filed by against the company related to driver sexual assault and abuse just a few short months after the IPO, which shareholders felt created an “existential risk” to Lyft and that trust ands safety issues should have been disclosed in their filings.  

In June 2022, Lyft denied any wrongdoing but agreed to pay an all cash settlement of $25M to shareholders. 

 

November 2016 – Uber Settlement for Rideshare Sexual Assault Claim Filed by 2 Jane Does (Unknown Amount)

One of the first rideshare sexual assault lawsuits was filed in October 2015 in the US District Court in San Francisco by two unnamed women. The women claim that Uber did not do enough to protect their safety and that Uber’s “negligence,” “fraud” and “misleading statements” contributed greatly to the harm that happened to them. 

The complaint alleges that the first woman was assaulted around 2:30 am in February 2015 in Boston, when, after dropping off her friends, the Uber driver detoured off-route and sexually assaulted her; she escaped by unlocking the car door and fleeing on foot. The second woman was assaulted in August 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, where, after her friends were dropped off, the Uber driver took her to a remote parking lot and raped her; she also escaped by fleeing on foot. In November 2016, Uber agreed to settle the case out of court and details of the settlement were kept private. 

Again, a majority of Lyft and Uber sexual assault lawsuits have either been settled outside of the public record, and are therefore not public information, or the lawsuit is ongoing and settlements are yet to be reached. 

Types of Damages in Uber & Lyft Sexual Assault Cases

An experienced lawyer will review your case to understand your legal rights and the potential damages you can seek as a result of the harm that happened to you. 

In general, a rideshare sexual assault claims cite negligence on the rideshare company’s part regarding: 

  • Poor hiring and vetting of drivers
  • Deceptive marketing
  • Lack of monitoring or oversight of drivers

If you were intoxicated, asleep, were under 18 at the time of the incident, or under the influence of drugs or other substances, your ability to consent to any sexual interaction is limited and your rights and options may differ depending on the circumstances. This is why speaking to a lawyer experienced in Uber and Lyft sexual assault cases is critical. 

An experienced Uber or Lyft sexual assault attorney can file a lawsuit to seek damages for: 

  • Pain and suffering and related non-economic damages.
  • Compensation for medical bills
  • Compensation for the cost of mental health treatment
  • Compensation for lost wages

You can file a case even if you were assaulted while traveling outside of your home state. However, the statute of limitations determines how long you have to file a lawsuit for the harm that happened to you.

Uber & Lyft Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations: Do I Still Have Time?​

Most people do not know about the statute of limitations —  which is the legal time limit imposed on initiating court proceedings from the date of an alleged offense in either criminal or civil court. 

Once the time specified within the specific statute of limitations passes, legal action cannot be pursued. The statute of limitations differ across every state, for every type of offense, and, often, between civil and criminal claims even within the same jurisdiction. 

Unfortunately, in a majority of jurisdictions, survivors have very limited time to decide to file a civil lawsuit.

Many states require rideshare sexual assault lawsuits to be filed within 2 years of the harm happening.

This is why it is critical to speak to an attorney as soon as possible, even if you are unsure that you want to file a claim. 

Helping Survivors can answer your questions and connect you with an experienced Uber or Lyft sexual assault attorney today — so you can take the next best step for you.

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