In 2017 alone, Uber gave 375 million rides in the United States alone. CNN estimated that Uber provides 15 million rides a day. Uber likes to pretend all these rides are safe, and that sexual assault by their drivers is rare. However, this is false.
Launched in 2010 in San Francisco as a private care service. Yet, it is now the most valuable privately-held tech startup in the world. It is valued at $70 billion and operates in 630 cities worldwide. Uber provides 15 million rides a day. An app downloaded on a passenger’s phone will match him or her up with a driver. The driver will then bring the passenger to the destination. There isn’t any direct exchange of money since it is automatically charged to the passenger’s credit card.
Uber Sexual Assault Is Common
Sexual assaults are significantly underreported. According to a Justice Department analysis of violent crimes, nearly 80% of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported. Unfortunately, there isn’t any public data for the exact number of Uber sexual assaults. However, this is a wide-spread problem affecting people across the United States.
A CNN investigation found that there are 104 Uber drivers currently accused of sexually assaulting passengers in the last four years. The police arrested the drivers or civil suits have occurred. Juries have convicted 31 drivers for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape.
However, women and men frequently don’t report sexual assaults, experts think that hundreds of more women are victims. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that if you are a victim of Uber sexual assault to come forward. We can help you get the justice you deserve.
After a sexual assault, it’s hard to know how to react. There is physical and emotional pain. Also, the next steps can be confusing. At The Michael Brady Lynch Firm, we can help bring closure to rideshare sexual assault survivors. Compensation could be available. These claims can help prevent future victims and hold these companies liable for their negligence.