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Since the summer of 2015, there has been a growing number of people opting for Ridesharing services. The ridesharing market was valued at 21.42 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 61.24 billion by 2026. Two key appealing perks of the ride-sharing industry were below-average prices and the seamless process to request a ride. Ultimately, this has helped the ride-sharing industry to increase in popularity. The industry revolutionized the idea of urban transport. Despite the growing demand for Ridesharing services as a means of transportation, the two major players Uber & Lyft have faced many criticisms. For example, many questioned whether Uber’s independent contract model could ensure safety for the passenger. Between 2019 and 2020 Uber disclosed that it received 3,824 reports of the five most severe categories of sexual assault. Uber has a long history of paying out compensation claims to passengers and employees
Sexual assault victims often experience feelings of shame and anxiety. The long-term effects may include depression, substance abuse, sleep disturbances, eating disorders, and problems in romantic and sexual relationships. The victim can ruminate about the abuse later, causing them panic attacks. This form of trauma is known as a post-traumatic stress disorder, which is triggered by a terrifying event. It is suggested for the abuse victim to seek counsel to help recover. Other signs that may indicate abuse has occurred include, but are not limited to:
Ridesharing companies focused on increasing market share, which paved the way to hire new drivers as quickly as possible, so they abandoned using traditional background check standards. Rider-sharing companies prioritized growth over rider safety. Hence, ride-sharing companies negligence to appropriately follow through with proper security protocols leads to riders being victims of sexual assault.
More people are coming forward with lawsuits against Uber and other major rideshare companies. Legal assistance is available to anyone who was a victim of sexual assault by an Uber driver from 2009 to the present or by a Lyft driver from 2012 to the present. By 2016, the company had already paid out $161 million in different lawsuits. The compensation varies depending on the nature of the case.
The abuse victim shouldn’t suffer in silence. You might be eligible for compensation if you have been assaulted. Fill out a no-cost claim review to see if you are eligible to receive compensation. – complete the free and easy claim review form today.