With the growing market of share ride apps, such as Uber and Lyft, the number of people who use these rideshare apps has increased and results in new problems and even assaults. There is a risk you take when you get into a car with a stranger and the only way to prevent these issues is for the employers of these people to do background checks and make sure their drivers are safe. However, if the app companies do not do their job and you become a victim of assault, there are legal actions you can take against them and their driver. Assault can be physical, mental, or sexual, and all of them are serious offenses and can cause serious harm to an individual. In this article, we will mention what to do if you have been assaulted during a rideshare.
As with any situation, if you were a victim of an assault on rideshare either on Uber or Lyft, you should try to collect evidence of the encounter including, photos, witness contact information and statements, or incident reports. It may be difficult to think of at the time of your assault, but try to stay calm. Anger can sometimes lead to violence and muddy the waters. Do not allow yourself to remain in danger, but do not engage in a physical fight if you can avoid it. For example, if you hit or swear to that person, this could be considered a disadvantage for you in the court. Always make sure that you act with your head, rather than your heart or emotions.
Calling the police is a good option to make sure you are not in further danger and, if it is a physical assault, there may be criminal charges filed in addition to your civil case. Then, you have to find yourself a good law office that can help you navigate your claim against the rideshare app and the driver. At this point, Laskin Balma Attorneys at Law is here to help you with all the expertise you need. Getting assaulted on Uber or Lyft is something of new thing just because the rideshare industry is new, but this office has represented victims of sexual assault for years and has gone up against corporations that thought their employees could get away with hurting others and we proved them wrong. Every case we work on is important to us, and give it our all to protect our clients.
To sum up, unfortunately getting assaulted on an Uber ride or Lyft ride is becoming more and more of an issue for individuals around the world. More importantly, you might be a victim of an assault, not just sexually but in other ways as well. So, you have to know what to do and where to go if you ever encounter such a thing. Laskin Balma Attorneys at Law is here to help you with any problem you encounter on rideshare journeys with its professional and experienced team. Visit us now, and we will get working on your claim.