20 Dec Stunning new report admits 3,000 assaults during uber rides last year, are you safe?
In 2008, an in-depth investigation by CNN identified 103 Uber drivers who had sexually assaulted or abused their passengers. According to the report, there have been 31 convictions against drivers for sexual assault crimes such as forcible touching, false imprisonment, or rape.
Sounds bad, right? Sadly, that report just scratched the surface.
Just last week, on December 4, 2019, Uber Technologies Inc. released a report indicating that in 2018, they provided over 1.3 billion rides. Unfortunately, however, over that same period, the rideshare company received over 3,000 reports of riders sexually assaulted during an Uber ride. For the company, that amounts to an infinitesimal number and demonstrates the overall safety of the program. For the riders like you and me, however, that amounts to over 3,000 vicious attacks, over 3000 traumatic events, over 3000 lives ruined.
Sadder still, Uber also reported that the number of sexual assaults the year earlier, i.e., in 2017, was actually 16% higher.
Rideshare Companies Put Profits Ahead of Passengers
In 2017 Uber disclosed 10 fatal physical assaults and in 2018 the number increased by 9. Eight of the victims were passengers, seven were drivers and four were bystanders.
Other types of assaults reported in the study included groping, false imprisonment and rape. Last year alone (2018), Uber reported more than 3000 sexual assault claims.
How did this happen? Lyft and Uber wanted to grow as quickly as possible. They grew very quickly and built large businesses before regulators could keep pace with them and figure out how to oversee their businesses. Regulators were unable to keep pace with what kind of drivers Uber and Lyft were hiring and now regulators are now finally starting to catch up. They also built their businesses faster than they could ensure passenger safety.
We believe there are many steps that Uber and Lyft could have taken to protect you. We believe that both Uber and Lyft have not done enough to ensure passenger safety. They could have provided much better screening for their drivers. They could have required more thorough background checks to verify their drivers. Passengers should be guaranteed that the person that Uber thinks is driving the car is actually the person behind the wheel. Uber could have put more safeguards in place to protect passengers. They could have taken more steps to prevent assaults. But they did not. They chose not to, they chose profits over passenger safety, they chose their wall street investors over their trusting passengers.
As of December 2019, New York City is currently the only U.S. city where drivers have to provide fingerprints and undergo the same licensing requirements as regular taxi drivers. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission in response to Uber’s safety report on Thursday said there was no substitute for background checks based on fingerprinting.
Rideshare Companies do not want to be legally responsible for your injuries
Lyft and Uber drivers have driven recklessly and have caused car crashes. We investigate to establish that the driver was careless, distracted, speeding, under the influence of alcohol or drugs or was in some other way negligent in causing your injuries. Other Lyft drivers and Uber drivers have committed unexpected assaults on innocent passengers. We can help you hold the companies accountable.
These companies do everything they can to avoid being held legally responsible for your injuries. First, they operate under different entities. For example, Uber operates under such banners as UberX, UberBlack, UberXL, and UberSUV; Lyft, Lux, LyftXL, and Shared. Second, these companies pretend that the drivers of their vehicle are not employees, but instead are “independent contractors” and therefore, the companies claim, they are not legally responsible for the actions of people who are not their employees. Our lawyers know how to hold these companies responsible. They can be held liable for negligent hiring, negligent training, negligent monitoring, and negligent verification, such as failing to conduct proper background checks on the person sitting behind the wheel.
Until Uber and Lyft implement better safety measures for their passengers, we will continue to fight for victims of Uber driver assaults. If you have been a victim of an assault by an Uber driver or by a Lyft driver, Martin + Colin, P.C.’s injury lawyers are available to discuss your situation and advise you of your rights. The company must be held accountable for being negligent and hiring drivers who sexually assault or harm passengers.
Call or text anytime for a free and confidential consultation. We are interested in hearing your story. We have advocates and attorneys trained to answer your questions and explore your options. You are not alone.
We help victims of sexual assault and we can help you take your life back. Call us at 914 771 7711. Text or WhatsApp us at 914 719 6400.