Our personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas, NV, explain your rights when it comes to sexual assault in a ride-share, like Uber. If you have been the victim of sexual assault in an Uber, it’s essential to understand your rights when pursuing compensation to ensure you get the most successful outcome possible.
Although passengers rely on Uber to get you safely to your destination, reports of sexual assault are sadly frequent when it comes to ride-sharing. When an assault occurs, the victim has legal rights. You may deserve financial compensation.
What Are My Rights After an Uber Sexual Assault?
Both Uber and your Uber driver have a legal obligation to keep you safe. Any assault that occurs during a ride-share may be grounds for a legal claim. When you’re the victim of a sexual assault during a ride-share, you may deserve financial compensation.
Uber has the legal obligation to recruit and work with only qualified drivers. When they fail to meet their legal requirements, and an assault occurs, they may be liable to the victim for their damages. Also, you can hold the assailant directly accountable for their actions.
What Can You Recover After an Uber Sexual Assault?
An Uber sexual assault victim may qualify to receive all of the following types of damages:
- A finding of responsibility against Uber
- A finding of liability against the assailant
- Compensation for medical bills including emergency room bills and other medical care
- Assistance with the costs of mental health treatment
- Replacement payment for lost work
- Pain and suffering
Each case is unique; your damages and compensation are unique to your situation. However, you need to value your damages fully. An experienced injury lawyer can help you determine the value of your case.
How to Claim Compensation After an Uber Sexual Assault
To claim compensation after an Uber sexual assault, you must file a civil claim. You state what occurred, and you state your damages. In a sexual assault case, you likely have economic damages as well as mental damages, including pain and suffering. You can receive payment for all of the tangible and intangible losses that you have.
After you draft the summons and complaint, you file it with the court and serve it on the appropriate party. You may bring your case against the offender, against Uber, or both. The offender may be a driver, another passenger, or a third party. However, who you bring the claim against determines what you need to state in your filing documents. The statements in your complaint are critical to ensuring that you get the compensation that you deserve.
Uber Sexual Assault Criminal Charges
When a sexual assault occurs with regards to a ride-share like Uber, you should call the police as soon as possible. The assailant may face serious charges, including criminal sexual conduct, assault, and battery. The police can conduct an investigation, build evidence, and submit the case to the state attorney for consideration of criminal charges.
Uber Sexual Assault Civil Charges
Even if the state pursues criminal charges, there are still good reasons to bring a civil claim. A criminal charge is about bringing an offender to justice. A civil claim is too, but it also results in financial compensation for the victim. The damages that you can receive in a civil claim for Uber sexual assault are more expansive than those in a criminal case. In addition, a civil claim can hold Uber accountable for hiring or retaining an unqualified driver.
Additionally, you can pursue a civil claim whether or not the state decides to authorize criminal charges. There are lots of reasons that a civil claim may be appropriate even if a criminal charge is not. The burden of proof is different in civil court than it is in criminal court.
In addition, in a civil claim, you’re the plaintiff. That puts you in control of the investigation and the choices that you make in the case. In civil court, the focus is on what you deserve as the victim.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?
An experienced injury lawyer can help you demand justice and claim compensation when you’re the victim of a ride-share assault. You don’t have to fight alone. Your legal team can handle every step of the case for you, like demanding answers from Uber and filing a formal complaint for compensation. Let us help you exercise your rights. Call us today for a free consultation with our team about your case.
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Contact our personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas. We want to help you fight for justice. There’s no cost to call, and your consultation is confidential. Our skilled legal team may be able to help you win compensation if you have been injured in a ride-share like Uber.
 Conger, K. (2019, December 5). Uber Says 3,045 Sexual Assaults Were Reported in U.S. Rides Last Year. Retrieved 30 January 2020 from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/technology/uber-sexual-assaults-murders-deaths-safety.html