Do I Still Have a Case if I was Intoxicated?
Intoxication is never an excuse for a ride-sharing driver to sexually assault a rider. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) partnered with Uber in their “designated rider” campaign to defeat drunken driving. You put your trust in Uber or Lyft for a safe ride home after a night out on the town. You had a few drinks and did the responsible thing. You chose not to drive, and instead, hailed an Uber or Lyft. The next thing you know you were sexually assaulted by a stranger you thought was safe to get a ride from. This is not what MADD intended when they partnered with Uber.
Whether you were intoxicated or not, you must give your consent to being physically touched by another person. If you were sexually assaulted by a ridesharing driver while intoxicated you may bring a civil case against the driver AND the ride-sharing company.
If you were sexually assaulted by a ridesharing driver we urge you to contact an Uber sexual assault lawyer today. Too many ride-sharing drivers have previous criminal records and should never have been allowed to drive passengers in the first place. We can bring about change by putting pressure on ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to perform national background checks of its drivers, including fingerprinting. We have already begun to put pressure on these companies from the large jury verdicts obtained for our clients. We can do the same for you, in the hope that Uber and Lyft wake up to the fact that their continued oversight and negligent hiring practices are permanently changing the lives of women across the country.
If you did not give consent and were sexually assaulted by a ride sharing driver, whether you were intoxicated or not, you have a case. Call Estey & Bomberger today for a free, confidential consultation (888) 675-8555.