Assault Lawsuits Against Lyft
In recent years, many survivors have come forward with their experiences of Lyft-related rape, sexual assault and physical attacks.
Unfortunately, unlike the rideshare company Uber, Lyft has not publicly released a safety report regarding incidents of assault. Thus, it is difficult to determine the true extent of the problem.
However, some survivors are sharing their stories and pursuing legal action against the rideshare company.
Lyft Sexual Assault Lawsuits
Lyft currently faces multiple reports of sexual assault and many related lawsuits.
- In September 2019, 14 women allege they were assaulted by their Lyft drivers.
- In December 2019, 19 more women filed sexual assault lawsuits against the company.
The company is now facing more the 56 sexual assault lawsuits.
In January 2020, a California state judge ruled Lyft sexual harassment and assault lawsuits could potentially be consolidated. Thus, dozens of cases with similar circumstances of Lyft-related sexual assault have been combined into a Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding (JCCP).
According to The Mercury News, the trial for this mass tort is set to take place in January 2022.
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Survivor Profile: Lyft Driver Sexually Assaulted Massachusetts Woman
In 2018, a Massachusetts woman used Lyft as a safe way home after a night of drinking. Her Lyft driver forced her to perform oral sex on him. She was one of the first survivors to file a lawsuit against Lyft for its part in the sexual assault.
“They just dismiss us. I just want them to acknowledge that they need to do something.”
Survivor Profile: Nurse Raped By Lyft Driver In St. Louis
In June 2019, Cristen Giangarra, a registered nurse, was raped in the backseat of a car by her Lyft driver in St. Louis. The driver went past Giangarra’s intended destination and took her to a more secluded area to commit the assault. Thanks to DNA testing, the driver was apprehended and charged with kidnapping and rape.
“I know I’m not alone, in what I’ve been through, and I know that there are a lot more people out there who maybe don’t have the support systems in place to come forward, or don’t feel like anything would happen if they did. And I want that to change.”
Giangarra is suing Lyft for its role in her abuse for undisclosed monetary damages. She hopes by coming forward, she will help incite change to protect future Lyft users from a similar fate.
Lyft Assault Survivors Are Speaking Up
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Lyft Physical Assault Lawsuits
Lyft drivers and passengers have been the victims of physical assaults while using the rideshare services. Many of these assaults have resulted in serious injuries. Now, these survivors are filing lawsuits against the company.
If you were seriously injured from a physical assault while using Lyft, you may be eligible for compensation. Speak with our attorneys today about your legal options.
Why Are People Suing Lyft?
The lawsuits against Lyft accuse the company of several acts of negligence regarding the safety of its services. The various lawsuits claim the following grievances against Lyft:
- Lyft failed to enact safety measures to protect users from assault.
- Lyft marketed its services as a “safe option” for users who are too impaired to drive despite lacking important safety features and policies.
- Lyft ignored or downplayed the severity of reported assaults.
- Lyft failed to investigate assault allegations.
- Lyft ran substandard background checks on drivers.
- Lyft did not remove drivers accused of assault from its app.
- In some cases, Lyft refused to cooperate with law enforcement investigations regarding Lyft-related rape, sexual or physical assault cases.
Despite responding much slower than Uber, Lyft has added new safety features to its app and adjusted its policies to provide safer services. However, the rideshare company continues to avoid taking responsibility for assaults that occur while using its services.
Lyft and Uber claim they are not liable for the criminal actions of their drivers because rideshare drivers are independent contractors. Legally, they are not considered employees of the company. Nevertheless, survivors are filing legal claims against Lyft and Uber.
Why Should I Hire A Lyft Assault Lawyer?
Some survivors find the legal system to be confusing and overwhelming. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal justice system with ease.
Our legal partners, The Meneo Law Group, can help you build a strong assault case against Lyft. Using more than 30 years of litigation experience, they will fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.
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Lyft Assault Cases FAQs
How Long Do I Have To File A Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Lyft?
Victims of sexual assault must take legal action before each state’s statute of limitations expires. A statute of limitations (SOL) is a legal deadline.
It can be difficult for a survivor to determine which statute applies to their case. Our knowledgeable lawyers can help you build a case around the statute that best applies to your situation.
Our lawyers can explain your legal options based on your unique circumstances. Submit a free, confidential case review today to learn more.
Does Lyft Run Background Checks?
Lyft runs preliminary background checks on drivers before the first ride and then annually thereafter.
For a long time, this meant if a driver was arrested for sexual assault or a violent crime, Lyft wouldn’t know about the arrest until the annual background check. A dangerous driver could have driven for months without action from Lyft.
In April 2019, Lyft enacted continuous criminal monitoring on drivers to fix this oversight. If a driver fails the regular screenings or the annual background check, they will be banned from the platform.
How Much Is The Average Lyft Sexual Assault Settlement?
So far, all sexual assault settlements paid out by Lyft have been confidential. No details, financial or otherwise, have been released to the general public.
However, in other cases of institutional sexual abuse and assault, survivors have received payouts ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars to some million-dollar settlements.
For example, BishopAccountability.org estimates the average settlement paid to abuse victims by Catholic dioceses is $268,000.
How Do I Sue Lyft?
If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted or seriously injured by a physical attack while using Lyft, you may be eligible for compensation. Our law firm will work with you to build a strong legal case and sue Lyft for its negligence. We will work diligently on your behalf to win the justice you deserve.
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Meneo Group managing partner: Ron Meneo
Ron Meneo is the managing partner of The Meneo Law Group. With more than 40 years of experience, he represents clients across the country on a variety of complex legal matters, including personal injury due to institutional sexual abuse, unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and other practice areas. He is a recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious AV® Preeminent Rating. He has also served as an editor and contributor for several legal journals.
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