In Need of a Rideshare Physical and Sexual Assault Attorneys in South Carolina?
Our David W. Martin Accident & Injury Lawyers in South Carolina know that millions of people nationwide use rideshare services like Uber and Lyft as regular transportation options. Like taking a bus or train, rideshare services allow passengers to sit back and ride, taking all the control away from how the driver operates the vehicle, which route they take, or what happens inside their cars.
Unfortunately, lack of control is placing riders in serious jeopardy of sexual assault, physical assault, unwanted physical contact, indecent exposure, and even rape.
As the Uber and Lyft reports become more widely publicized, more survivors of rideshare assault are taking legal action. This is why we are here. To help survivors seek legal compensation, justice, and accountability from the rideshare company that failed to keep them safe while using their services.
If you or someone you know is a victim of Uber and Lyft sexual or physical assault, we want to help. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the company for your full financial recovery.
Why are Rideshare Sexual and Physical Assaults on the Rise in South Carolina?
According to rideshare company reports, media outlets, court documents, and other data, thousands of users reported sexual assault cases to both Uber and Lyft in South Carolina and nationwide.
The rise, in these cases, is alarming, and is thought to be the result of:
- Lack of Screening and Background Checks
Rideshare platforms typically conduct background checks on drivers, but these checks may not catch all potential issues. In some cases, individuals with a history of violent behavior or criminal activity may slip through the screening process.
- Isolated and Vulnerable Situations
The nature of ridesharing often involves passengers entering a vehicle alone and drivers picking up strangers. This creates situations where passengers may feel vulnerable, and drivers may find themselves alone with potentially vulnerable passengers.
- Lack of Security Measures
While rideshare companies have implemented safety features such as driver and rider ratings, GPS tracking, and emergency buttons, these may not prevent all incidents. The absence of physical security measures within the vehicles can contribute to a sense of vulnerability.
- Alcohol-Related Incidents
Many rideshare incidents occur during late-night hours or involve intoxicated passengers. Alcohol consumption can impair judgment and increase the likelihood of inappropriate behavior.
- Underreporting of Incidents
Some victims may be hesitant to report assaults due to fear, shame, or concerns about the legal process. This underreporting can make it challenging to accurately assess such incidents’ prevalence.
- Increased Reliance on Ridesharing
As ridesharing maintains its popularity, the sheer volume of rides and interactions continues to increase. This higher volume may increase the opportunity for drivers who are physical or sexual predators to continue to harm their passengers.
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Have You Been Physically or Sexually Assaulted by an Uber or Lyft Driver in South Carolina?
If you or someone you know is a victim of Uber and Lyft sexual assault, physical assault, unwanted physical contact, indecent exposure, or rape in South Carolina, we can help you hold the company liable for employing a dangerous driver.
We provide free consultations for all personal injury cases in South Carolina and never charge any legal fees unless we deliver a positive outcome for your unique case.