The team at Estey & Bomberger have been following the story of Jorge Tapiacastro, who was convicted in early August, 2021, of a string of felonies including rape, sexual battery and false imprisonment raping a passenger while driving for Lyft. The OC Register reports that on Friday, October 1st, Tapiacastro was sentenced to eight years in prison. While this dangerous criminal is now in custody for the foreseeable future, the fact remains that Lyft and other ridesharing companies do not do enough to protect their customers.
At Estey & Bomberger, we will continue to advocate for victims in order to hold Uber and Lyft accountable for the heinous actions of the drivers who prey on passengers. These huge corporations have shown time and again that they are more concerned with profits than the welfare of their customers. The reality is for all talk about rider safety, these companies remain reluctant to make the changes necessary to protect the people who use their services.
Our team fights tirelessly for our clients in order to force companies such as Uber and Lyft in order to improve their systems, protocols, and hiring practices to better protect users of these services from dangerous drivers. In doing so, we hope to help future riders avoid the same fates as the unfortunate victims of these predators. If you or a loved one has been assaulted by an Uber or Lyft driver, please do not hesitate to reach out to our trauma informed professionals.
Your confidentiality is paramount and we can help start the healing process so that you can start the journey of putting the pieces back together following such a horrible experience. Let us provide you with the support you need to move forward from these dark times. Contact us today.