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What to Do If You’ve Been Sexually Assaulted on a Lyft/Uber Ride

January 29, 2024 in

Ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber have become integral parts of our daily lives, offering convenience and accessibility to anyone who needs to get from Point A to Point B. However, instances of sexual harassment or assault during these rides can shatter the sense of safety that users expect. If you or someone you know becomes a victim of such incidents, it’s critical to know your rights so that you can take appropriate action. 

Below, the experienced NYC personal injury attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo outline the steps to take if you’ve experienced harassment or assault on a rideshare platform, such as Lyft or Uber.

How Does Sexual Assault Happen on Lyft/Uber?

Sexual assault can happen in different ways with Uber or Lyft:

  • A driver assaulting a passenger
  • A passenger assaulting a driver
  • A passenger assaulting another passenger
  • Someone else assaulting a rideshare driver

Whether you’re the driver or passenger, going through this can be confusing and complicated. Below, we’ll delve into the steps you can take to navigate the aftermath of a rideshare sexual assault, including considering the option of a rideshare lawsuit.

What is Considered Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is a broad term that can apply to a variety of circumstances and situations. However, the primary characteristic that applies to all conditions of sexual assault is a lack of consent. Consent is fundamental in any sexual interaction. It is not consensual if not freely given, informed, enthusiastic, and revocable at any time. 

Unwanted physical contact, such as groping or touching, without explicit consent is a form of sexual assault. Verbal harassment, involving inappropriate comments or explicit language creating discomfort, is also considered a type of sexual assault. Lastly, forced sexual acts, exposure without consent, and persistent unwanted advances or stalking all fall under the umbrella of sexual assault. 

If you’ve experienced any of these situations during a Lyft or Uber ride, an experienced personal injury attorney specializing in rideshare lawsuits can help you seek the support you need. 

First Steps to Take Following a Rideshare Assault

The first step you should take immediately during or following an attack on a rideshare platform is to prioritize your safety. If you feel threatened or unsafe during a rideshare, request the driver to pull over in a well-lit, populated area and exit the vehicle as soon as possible. If an assault has already happened, your next step should be to seek medical attention. Going to a doctor creates a record of your injuries that may be used as evidence. 

Document the incident as thoroughly as possible. Take pictures of the vehicle, noting the driver’s details, and save any potential evidence like clothing and personal belongings or even screenshots of your ride history. The more information you can provide, the more substantial any legal action you take may be.

Remember, when it comes time to file a rideshare assault lawsuit, there may be time limitations. Each state has its statute of limitations, and promptly acting can strengthen your case. In many cases, rideshare companies may be willing to negotiate a settlement. Your attorney will advise on the best course of action.

Experiencing sexual harassment or assault during a rideshare can be traumatic, but you don’t have to face it alone. Taking the proper steps and seeking legal guidance can empower you to protect your rights and pursue justice. If you’ve experienced sexual harassment or assault during a Lyft or Uber ride, our dedicated team at SPBMCC is here to help. We offer a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and provide personalized guidance on the best course of action.

Contact an Experienced Rideshare Lawsuit Expert at SPBMCC Today

Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. is a reputable, full-service personal injury law firm specializing in various areas, including rideshare lawsuits. Our dedicated litigation support teams are committed to vigorously representing clients in matters such as 9/11-related illnesses, personal injury cases, car accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, medical malpractice, and firefighter law across New York City, Long Island, Nassau, Suffolk counties, and New Jersey. Contact us today to learn more about our firm or schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

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