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Legal options after a sexual assault in a ride-sharing service

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | Sexual Assault |

Ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, have become fundamental for daily commuting in Los Angeles. While rare, incidents of sexual assault within these services can happen. It is important to understand physical boundaries with rideshare drivers and what steps you can take if you experience a sexual assault.

Legal options for those attacked

Survivors of sexual assault by ride-sharing service drivers have several legal avenues to explore:

  • Civil lawsuits: Those who got attacked can file a lawsuit against the perpetrator and potentially the ride-sharing company.
  • Restitution: In some cases, survivors might receive compensation for medical bills, emotional distress, and other damages.
  • Protective orders: If there is an ongoing threat, a court might issue a protective order against the assailant.

Preserving your immediate safety should always be a priority. If you have concerns about ongoing danger after an assault in a rideshare, get to a safe place before you pursue any other next steps.

Collecting and preserving evidence

Preserving evidence can support your legal case. Some types of evidence that may be helpful include communication with the driver, contact information for witnesses, and the details of your ride.

Steps toward healing and justice

Navigating the aftermath of a sexual assault can be overwhelming and painful, but knowing your rights and the steps to take can provide a pathway to justice and healing. It is important to remember that the assault was not your fault, and legal avenues are available to help you seek redress and move on with your life.