Uber advertises itself as providing safe rides home. But a CNN investigation found at least 103 drivers have been accused of sexual assault or abuse over the last four years. One particular victim says she feels anxiety and depression after seeking a safe ride home by using the convenient Uber app, but instead getting assaulted. Her Uber driver is charged with felony sexual battery and is facing trial.
This victim is one of many. The CNN investigation uncovered dozens of similar cases. None of the information comes from Uber, which refused to provide any data on how many of its drivers have been accused of sexual assaults. Instead, CNN had to search through public records, police records and court cases to find out that at out of the 103 accused Uber drivers, at least 31 have been convicted on charges ranging from battery to rape, and dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending trial.
A similar CNN review also found 18 cases accusing Lyft drivers of sexual assault. Multiple experts state that the actual numbers of both Lyft and Uber drivers accused of sexual assault is much higher. The low numbers may be the result of the crimes not being reported, lack of sufficient evidence to prosecute, or Uber settling the cases quietly and confidentially before a civil case can even be filed.
Becoming a driver for Uber is not that difficult. The process is done completely online without the requirement of any background checks that involve fingerprints. Uber does its own background checks. Critics of the company’s lax background checks say the company needs to do more to ensure the safety of their riders.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by an Uber driver, you should immediately consult with an experienced NYC Uber sexual assault attorney to protect your legal rights.
We Can Help You If You Were Sexually Assaulted
At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the ramifications that an Uber driver sexual assault can have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. If an Uber or Lyft driver has sexually assaulted or molested you during a ride, you need to hire an experienced New York attorney to protect your legal rights.
The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve. To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York Uber sexual assault attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.