Assault Lawsuits Against Uber
In the past few years, many survivors have come forward with allegations of sexual assault connected to Uber’s services.
While using Uber, drivers and riders have been raped, sexually assaulted and physically attacked.
As survivors continue sharing their stories, many are pursuing legal action against Uber for its negligence.
Uber Sexual Assault Lawsuits
In 2019, Uber released its US Safety Report. The report includes statistics of reported sexual assaults, fatal physical assaults and motor vehicle fatalities over the course of a two-year period.
Between 2017 and 2018, Uber received 5,981 complaints detailing incidents of sexual assault.
Many of these victims are now filing Uber sexual assault cases.
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Survivor Profile: Oregon Woman Suing Uber For $1 Million
In January 2020, an Oregon woman sued Uber and one of its drivers over a sexual assault allegation. The woman was assaulted by the Uber driver in 2018. She is seeking more than $1 million in damages.
Prior to this lawsuit, in 2018, the accused driver faced charges related to the assault. However, the driver was acquitted of these criminal charges in 2019.
Survivor Profile: Massachusetts Woman Files Federal Uber Driver Sexual Assault Lawsuit
In July 2020, a woman in Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against Uber over a sexual assault incident from 2018. The driver accused of sexual assault was arrested but fled the country after posting bond. The lawsuit against Uber claims the rideshare company’s hiring process endangered passengers. The lawsuit was originally filed in district court and later moved to federal court.
Survivor Profile: New York Woman Sues Uber
In September 2020, a woman filed a civil lawsuit against Uber. The lawsuit claims the company failed to protect users from sexual assault, despite a pattern of reported incidents. The plaintiff claims Uber’s negligence resulted in the plaintiff’s sexual assault in 2018.
The lawsuit also accuses the company of deceptive marketing practices that perpetuated an image of safety, despite a lack of safety policies in place at the time of the plaintiff’s assault.
The lawsuit was filed with the New York Supreme Court.
Uber Physical Assault Lawsuits
Apart from rapes and sexual assaults, Uber drivers and riders have also reported physical assaults during rides. Some of the physical assaults have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.
Many of these survivors are now filing lawsuits against the company.
If you were seriously injured from a physical assault while using Uber’s services, you may be eligible for compensation. Speak with our attorneys today about your legal options.
Why Are People Suing Uber?
Many survivors of Uber-related rape, sexual assault and physical assaults have sued Uber.
These lawsuits accuse Uber of lax hiring and review processes, deceptive marketing and negligence leading to user assaults.
By suing Uber, survivors have the opportunity to hold the rideshare company accountable for its role in the assault.
In some cases, holding a company legally and financially liable can impact a company’s policies and actions. In the case of Uber, this could lead to policy changes that protect users from future incidents of assault.
Survivors are also suing Lyft for its part in rideshare assaults. Learn more about assault lawsuits against Lyft here >
Why Should I Hire An Uber Assault Lawyer?
The legal system can be confusing and overwhelming. Thus, many survivors hire experienced lawyers to help them sue Uber.
Our legal partners, The Meneo Law Group, can help you file a strong assault case against Uber. With more than 30 years of litigation experience, they will fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.
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Uber Assault Cases FAQs
How Many People Have Been Sexually Assaulted While Using Uber?
Nearly 6,000 sexual assault complaints were made to Uber between 2017 and 2018. Uber anticipates the number of sexual assault reports to rise in the following years as the rideshare company offers more reporting options to survivors.
How Long Do I Have To File An Uber Assault Lawsuit?
The deadline to file a sexual assault claim will vary by state. To understand the applicable legal deadlines, a survivor must review their state’s statutes of limitations.
A statute of limitations (SOL) is a legal deadline. SOLs vary based on the jurisdiction, the crime and the intended legal action (criminal charges versus a civil claim).
Our partner law firm can help you determine which statute is relevant to your case and file a lawsuit against Uber in a timely manner. Consult our attorneys today to learn about your legal options.
How Much Is The Average Uber Sexual Assault Settlement?
No Uber sexual assault settlements have been made public. Thus, the average settlement is unknown. However, we can estimate potential settlement payouts based on similar sexual assault and abuse settlements seen in other industries.
For example, the American Catholic Church has reportedly paid more than $3 billion in settlements to sexual abuse victims. Depending on the case, victims have received settlements ranging in hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.
Does Uber Mandate Mediation and Arbitration?
Before 2018, Uber used mandatory arbitration clauses to settle claims of abuse.
What Is Mandatory Arbitration?
A mandatory arbitration clause forces the involved parties to settle claims using a third-party mediator (arbitrator). This limits a victim’s right to sue a company for an injustice like sexual assault. Mandatory arbitration generally benefits companies over victims.
In May 2018, the company ended its mandatory arbitration policy for sexual harassment and assault cases.
The company still prefers to settle matters outside of court. But, victims now maintain the right to choose how they seek compensation. If a victim wants to seek legal recourse, he or she has every right to do so.
Additionally, Uber no longer requires a confidentiality agreement as part of a settlement. Victims are free to share the details of their experiences. However, the company continues to keep the financial details of any sexual harassment or assault settlement confidential.
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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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