Uber Ride Risky Business: Sexual Assault Rising - Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm

Author: Angel Reyes  

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Ride-sharing has undoubtedly been less safe than most executives of Uber had hoped. It has been this way for every ride-sharing service in the United States. However, instead of hiding their issues with safety, Uber has decided to come out and be transparent about their numbers. They are shocking.

Uber, as well as Lyft, are beginning to see a growing number of lawsuits as a result of the 3,045 reports of sexual assault during their rides in 2018. These lawsuits consist of victims coming forth to fight large companies to be held more accountable for their contractor’s actions.

Continuing to add to their safety features ever year, Uber has yet to successfully halt all sexual assaults. Consequently, amongst the 1.3 billion rides that Uber shared in 2018, the 3,045 cases of sexual assault. Considering that 99% of their rides resulted in safe ventures last year, it was still an increase from 2017.

Uber did report that through their extensive background checks and screening process has turned away over a million potentially dangerous drivers. This could be due to multiple reasons. Uber did not specify how many had previously had sexual assault charges they had caught.

However, a large majority of them (76%) did not even get to the criminal background check portion of the screening process before being disqualified. This means that only 24% of their declined drivers made it to the background check where they were eventually disqualified.

Most would agree; with large businesses comes a large responsibility. Uber holds a firm notion that these cases are occurring as a product of the society we live in.

Uber dislikes the numbers that they are seeing with rider safety. They will be implementing more safety precautions as a result. Many of these safety precautions being ideas from lawmakers.

Trending in the Wrong Direction?

Lyft is soon to be announcing its own transparency report in wake of Uber’s announcements. Both companies, however, have been struggling financially over the last year and a half. Uber alone posted over a billion lost in just this last quarter. (Q3 2019)

In the wake of all these safety problems, both Uber and Lyft are reassuring the public that they are doing everything possible to minimize the number of cases of safety concerns, both sexual and non-sexual. This all is arising at the same time while Lyft currently has 19 lawsuits in the process against them for sexual assault.

Both Sides of the Street

When it comes to safety, riders are not the only ones being sexually assaulted. Uber noted that 92% of their victims of sexual assault while using their services were riders. However, their drivers had also reported other types of sexual assault problems with a very similar rate as the riding victims as well.

Another issue with Uber’s report comes from the fact they neglected to provide any information from 65 other countries. This problem stems from the fact that Uber and other ride-sharing companies have had notorious issues with safety in Brazil, India, and other foreign countries.

China even went as far as to suspend some of Uber’s services in their country while putting their executives on the unemployment line. This decision came from a reaction to an incident involving a woman being raped and murdered while riding with Uber.

What’s Next?

Uber has yet to announce exactly what they plan on doing to eliminate their sexual assault frequency and safety problems. So far, they believe that the solution resides in sharing the information they have with other ride-hailing companies. This information would contain lists of individuals they believe have committed sexual assault or various other crimes while operating for their brand’s services. The hope is to deter these individuals from being a driver for another company further allowing them to have more victims.

Uber and its officials feel as if the knowledge of the information from their transparency reports will improve their future safety for the industry. What it essentially does is establishes a benchmark. The benchmark allows them to decide what is over the line and where their weaknesses are that need adjustments. As they published this information, it proves that their sexual assault conduct has risen 4% from 2017 to 2018.

Stopping the trend in its tracks with the information at hand is key to providing a safer riding experience. Uber is allowing everyone to see what is going on during Uber’s rides. This is a step in the right direction to solving these safety problems. It’s unusual for a company to allow that data to reach the public surface, let alone announce it in a public fashion.

Responding the Right Way

The best way the public can respond to this is by taking their own precautions to prevent these incidents from occurring to everyone they know. Regardless if you take Uber or Lyft once a month or every day, it is important to prevent and report any incidences.

Move towards starting a zero-tolerance policy for riders and drivers alike would make the services more exclusive to the right consumers. Developing a community that strives to prevent any type of assault or violence in Uber rides should be the highest priority.

Taking an Uber or a Lyft alone could create a bigger risk for an incident to partake. Always be sure to use these services in the presence of others that you trust. This allows you to be as safe as possible with witnesses or other people to assist you in the case of an unsafe or uncomfortable event.

Always Hire a Lawyer After Your Ride-Hailing Car Accident

Hiring a lawyer can be a scary situation that most hope they won’t have to be involved in. If you ever get into a car accident in an Uber or a Lyft, you need to hire a quality ride-sharing accident personal injury attorney to help you. The Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm has been helping victims for nearly three decades get the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering.

You may be entitled to financial compensation after your injury. Find out now by calling our personal injury professionals at (214) 526-7900 or by submitting your case information here.


All statistics in this article have been taken from the public report of Uber’s US Safety Report.

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