According to CNN Business, Uber released its “highly anticipated safety report revealing, among other details, that it received 5,981 reports of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018” of which 464 reports were of rape. Importantly, both riders and drivers reported being sexually assaulted (by non-consensual touching or groping of a sexual body part). 19 Women sued Lyft a week ago saying they were sexually violated.

What you can do:

  1. As a rider, try not to fall asleep in the car as most of the reports indicated that it was then that the attacks took place.
  2. While en route, tap Share trip status in the app to share your driver’s name, photo, license plate, and location with a friend or family member. They will receive a text or push notification that tracks your trip and ETA.” This is one of Uber’s own safety tips. For others go​​​ to: https://www.uber.com/us/en/ride/safety/tips/
  3. Report any incident to both the police and to UBER or Lyft immediately.

If you were a driver or rider of an Uber or Lyft service and were the victim of a sexual assault, you maybe entitled to compensation. Please contact Steven Barrett, Esq. at sbarrett@hrmml.com, chair of the the firm’s sexual abuse practice, for more information.