Los Angeles Uber Sexual Assault Lawyer
Since Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing companies appeared in California in 2010, they have spread to over 630 cities worldwide. However, a CNN investigative report has revealed that approximately 103 women reported sexual assault by their drivers, including some women right here in Los Angeles. Figures do not include unreported sexual assaults, which means the actual number of Uber driver sexual assaults could rise. If you or a loved one suffered a sexual assault by an Uber or Lyft driver, contact Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP for a consultation regarding your possible compensation. (310) 477-1700
Why Choose Us?
- Our firm has years of experience with complicated personal injury and sexual assault-related lawsuits in the Los Angeles area.
- Our success rate is in excess of 99% – we have secured over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts since 2010. You can see some of our verdicts here.
- Our commitment is to our clients – we are here to be the Strength By Your Side™.
When to Discuss Your Uber Sexual Assault Case With an Attorney
A Los Angeles sexual assault case against an Uber driver can involve more than a survivor’s word against the driver’s. Uber’s driver platform can hold evidence regarding your case, resulting in a suit with potentially more than one defendant. An attorney can help you navigate the release of information from Uber, as well as help determine Uber’s level of negligence in hiring the driver. Your attorney can investigate the details of your case while you recover from your experience.
Common Injuries in Sexual Assault Cases
Sexual assault can range from sexual coercion or forced, unwanted kissing to penetrative rape. Depending on the nature of your sexual assault, you may have been subject to a number of injuries in addition to the assault itself. The following is an incomplete list of common sexual assault-related injuries:
- Fractured limbs
- Head trauma
- Facial trauma
- Vaginal injury
- Unwanted pregnancy
- Sexually transmitted infection
- PTSD or other mental and emotional trauma
If a jury finds the driver guilty of assault, Uber could be liable as well, depending on the nature of the incident. An attorney can investigate the circumstances of your sexual assault incident and help you determine if a personal injury lawsuit against either the driver or Uber is reasonable. An attorney can help with naming the defendant in your case, filing your claim, and determining the level of negligence of each.
Is Someone Liable in Your Sexual Assault Case?
Though the driver likely caused your injuries, access to Uber’s records of the driver’s history is key, since the driver may have a history of sexual assault. An attorney can investigate a driver’s background and determine whether Uber was negligent in hiring the driver to begin with. Uber also hosts the driver platform, which records the place and time the driver picked you up, your destination, and your arrival time there. An attorney can help you with the release of your rideshare records to show the driver’s liability.
The statute of limitations in the state of California is seven years for regular sexual assault, meaning victims should report sexual assault within seven years of its occurrence. However, aggravated rape – rape including the use of a weapon – has no statute of limitations. Personal injury has a statute of limitations of two years. Speaking with an attorney as soon as possible keeps all options available to you, dependent on the nature of your case.
Contact our Uber Sexual Assault Attorneys
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP will work for you. Our experience with Los Angeles area Uber lawsuits ensures your attorney has the knowledge and resources available to pursue your case effectively. Whether you believe your sexual assault was partially due to Uber’s negligence or resulted from the driver’s behavior alone, contact us for a case evaluation to determine your next steps. Contact us now to for a free consultation. (310) 477-1700