What's the Problem?
The lawsuit, which was filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that Lyft “failed to adopt and implement reasonable driver monitoring procedures designed to protect the safety of its passengers,” and the company’s “corporate management … has failed to implement the most basic and rudimentary procedures for the proper investigation of sexual assaults that are reported in their vehicles,” according to The Mercury News.
Caroline Miller, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Lyft, described an alleged sexual assault that took place in a Lyft vehicle after a night out to celebrate her birthday. Miller claimed she was in the car taking a nap around 3:00 AM, and that when she awoke, “The (Lyft) driver had his hand down my pants, (and was) groping and then raping me.”
Another woman described an incident that occurred in February when she and her friends had ordered a Lyft after getting drinks. She claims to have fallen asleep in the back seat, then to have woken up with the Uber driver on top of her.
"During the rape, I immediately froze," the woman said. But then, "I decided that I had to fight for my life."
She said she fought with the driver and managed to escape, only to find her arm caught in the door as the driver tried to speed away. The woman finally got away, but only after being "bruised, battered and beaten," she claims. "Lyft gave him the opportunity to do this to me."
Plaintiffs' attorneys said that Lyft should require drivers to digitally record all of its rides so passengers know someone is watching their behavior.
A spokesperson for Lyft said the company has taken steps to improve the safety of its passengers, including daily continuous background monitoring of all drivers, new safety features that allow riders to contact 911 directly from the Lyft app in the event of an emergency, and a partnership with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for medical expenses, general damages, past and future emotional distress, and punitive damages against Lyft. A similar claim was filed in September on behalf of 14 other women who claimed to be either raped or sexually assaulted by Lyft drivers.
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Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to Lyft sexual abuse lawsuits. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you were the victim of sexual abuse or rape, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have a Lyft Sexual Assault Lawsuit?
The Sexual Abuse Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Lyft Sexual Assault Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been injured, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Lyft Sexual Assault Suit and our lawyers can help.