Uber has and continues to provide accessible and affordable transportation to consumers in need of a ride. However, there have been numerous reported incidents of Uber drivers sexually assaulting passengers. If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault because of an Uber driver, you may have the right to hold the rideshare company partially accountable for the reprehensible act. Discuss your case with a Petersburg Uber sexual assault attorney at Pendleton Law. We offer free initial consultations, contact us today.
Filing an Uber Sexual Assault Lawsuit
Lawsuits being filed against Uber Technologies Inc. are alleging the company was negligent in their hiring process after incidents of drivers reportedly sexually assaulting their passengers. It is also stated that the company promotes itself as having an “industry-leading” background check process, however plaintiffs are asserting the company has the opposite. Allegations have been made that the company is actually using a hiring process designed to bring on new drivers quickly and at minimal cost to the company, thus putting passengers at risk of potentially being sexually assaulted.
In 2018, more than 100 Uber drivers had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers over a period of four years, according to CNN. At least 31 drivers faced convictions for crimes, which ranged from forced touching and false imprisonment to rape. There are still many cases pending, both in the civil and criminal court systems.
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Compensation Available to Petersburg Uber Sexual Assault Victims
Petersburg victims of sexual assault in an Uber may have grounds to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. Our Petersburg personal injury attorneys have years of experience handling these complicated cases. The different categories of compensation that may be available include:
- Medical expenses (present and future)
- Lost wages (present and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
The amount of compensation awarded in these types of cases depend on the specific details of each claim. For example, cases in which victims suffer severe injuries requiring multiple surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay, thus preventing them from making an income, have a greater chance of receiving a larger award. Also, if the accused driver has a history of sexual misconduct that Uber was aware of and disregarded, the amount of punitive damages meant to punish Uber may increase significantly. An Uber sexual assault attorney who handles these types of cases will be better able to determine the estimated value of your case.
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Why You Need a Petersburg Uber Sexual Assault Attorney?
It is understandable that survivors of sexual assault may have a difficult time bringing themselves to seek legal help, often either due to fear or their wish to avoid confronting their attacker. Unfortunately, Petersburg victims are only allowed two years from the date of the incident to file a personal injury claim due to Virginia’s statute of limitations law.
By hiring an attorney experienced with cases of sexual assault, you will have an advocate fighting for you. We believe you and will do whatever is in our power to get justice for what happened. Our attorneys can help protect your confidentiality while holding wrongdoers accountable for the sexual assault or allowing that assault to occur.
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Contact us if you have been sexually assaulted while in an Uber. We understand what an incredibly difficult time this is for you and your family. Call us today at (804) 250-5050 to schedule your free consultation.
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