Ride Share Sexual Assault FAQ’s
I don’t want to be in the news. Will my information be kept confidential?
Yes, we recognize and respect the importance of anonymity for survivors of sexual assault. When we file a lawsuit on your behalf, we maintain your confidentiality in the public court record. Your name, age, address, city, and any other identifying details will be kept 100% confidential.
What do I do if I’ve been sexually assaulted by an Uber driver?
1) Contact the local police and file a report. Request confidentiality if you wish to remain anonymous.
2) Document everything you remember about the incident in detailed written notes. This may help you recall details if you have to file a civil case.
3) Report the assault to the appropriate ridesharing company.
4) Seek help and support. Take solace in your family and friends, seek therapy, and find any necessary medical attention as soon as possible.
5) Consult with an experienced rideshare assault lawyer. A compassionate attorney can give you valuable counsel and support during this incredibly tough time.
Do I have a case if I was intoxicated at the time of the assault?
Yes, you are still eligible for maximum compensation. Whether or not you were intoxicated, you must give consent to being physically touched by another person.
Will there be a difference if it is an Uber driver vs. a Lyft driver?
No. Although Uber and Lyft may have minor differences in how they hire their drivers and how they handle serious claims, the overall approach to seeking compensation for a sexual assault remains exactly the same.
Who can I hold liable for sexual assault in an Uber or Lyft?
If you were assaulted by a ridesharing driver, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against both driver and the company. The driver is liable for the actual crime, and Uber or Lyft is liable for negligence at a minimum due to its questionable screening and onboarding process for their drivers.
Why do I need a lawyer if I have been sexually assaulted?
Retaining a reliable, compassionate Uber and Lyft sexual assault lawyer can help you pursue the maximum possible compensation. Large companies such as Uber and Lyft may attempt to intimidate or otherwise silence your claim with their power, but a lawyer can fight through that and pursue further compensation.
Additionally, a lawyer may give you peace of mind by helping you maintain your anonymity. They may also handle the rigorous legal process while you focus on recuperating from the traumatic incident.
How long will my Uber assault case last?
It depends. If the driver and/or the ridesharing company agree to an out-of-court settlement, the case can take a few months. However, if no settlement is made and both parties agree to go to trial, the case may take years. Some states have “fast track” systems for civil cases that aim to have a trial within one year of the date of filing, but that may depend on the nature and complexity of your case.
What will the legal process look like during a sexual assault case against Uber?
Before filing a lawsuit, you may be required to disclose as much information and details that you can recall about the incident – including a potential medical examination to confirm any details. We understand this may be tough for survivors of sexual assault, and help you get through this as easily as possible while maintaining the confidentiality of your identity if requested.
Upon filing a motion for a lawsuit, the defending parties may either present an out-of-court settlement or agree to go to trial. If the case goes to civil trial, you need only to prove that any of the defending parties were liable for your sexual assault.
How much will I have to pay upfront?
Estey and Bomberger promises that there are no upfront fees. We work on a contingency fee basis – you only pay if we win your case.