Driver Attack versus Passenger AttackOver the years, there have been instances of both driver attacks and passenger attacks. Most people mistakenly believe that only drivers could attack their passengers; however, there have been many instances of passengers attacking their drivers. Regardless of the incident and who attacks who, the victim has the right to file a claim. An Uber driver can sue for his injuries after an attack just like an Uber passenger can sue for his injuries after an attack. Whether the Lyft driver attacks the passenger or the Uber driver assaults the passenger, the victim has the right to file a claim. If you would like more information about what to do if an Uber or Lyft driver beats you up or if a passenger beats you up, you must seek legal assistance with our experienced attorneys at Downtown LA Law Group immediately.
Physical Assault versus Sexual AssaultRegardless if you were physically or sexually assaulted, you could take action against Uber or Lyft (and the driver who attacked you). However, physical assaults and sexual assaults are very different although the end result is the same-an innocent victim suffers. Physical assaults usually result in assault and battery claims. Sexual assault, on the other hand, consists of any unwanted sexual contact which includes rape, attempted rape, touching, and sexual molestation, for example. Sexual assault is also considered assault and battery and often result is assault and battery claims. Assault and battery consists of a threat of causing harm and the act of causing harm. Any type of physical harm can be considered assault and battery. For example, if an Uber driver beats up a passenger, the passenger can sue Uber for his injuries, whether the injuries were broken bones, bruises, or scratches. Likewise, an Uber passenger can sue Uber for the injuries suffered as a result of the assault by the driver even after an attack of a sexual nature. If you are unsure whether you have grounds to file a lawsuit after suffering a physical or sexual assault, you must contact our law firm as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys will provide you with all the information that you need to pursue a successful claim against Uber, Lyft, or the driver that harmed you. Contact us today.
Uber and Lyft-Liability for HarmIs Uber or Lyft liable for the harm that you suffered? Often, Uber and Lyft liability is unclear-especially considering that drivers are independent contractors. Uber and Lyft rid themselves of liability by hiring drivers that can pass a thorough background check. Although these background checks are generally efficient, it is possible for some parties to be able to pass even the most thorough tests with extensive criminal history. Uber and Lyft are common carriers; therefore, they have a high duty of care to their passengers. Does Uber carry liability for an Uber driver beating up a passenger? Because the answer to that question depends on the specific circumstances of the incident, discussing the situation with an experienced Uber and Lyft attorney is often required. If you would like to speak with the experts at Downtown LA Law Group, you must contact us as soon as possible.
The Right to Sue Uber and LyftWithout a doubt, you can sue the party who injured you. However, understanding your right to sue could be difficult if you were injured while using a rideshare service. Do you have the right to sue Uber or Lyft (or the driver) after suffering harm at the hands of their drivers? Yes, you can sue the Uber/Lyft driver, and you can also sue Uber or Lyft for the assault and battery that you suffered. The right to sue is often determined by establishing negligence. As mentioned above, Uber and Lyft are often not liable for the actions of their drivers because drivers are independent contractors. However, the rideshare company could be found liable under specific circumstances. One of the most common instances in which a rideshare company could be liable for the assaults committed by their drivers is if they failed to take appropriate action to prevent the driver from coming into contact with passengers. For example, if a prospective driver fails a background check but is allowed to become a driver, any harm committed by the driver could be attributed to either Uber or Lyft’s negligence. Likewise, if an existing driver has many complaints against him or her for inappropriate or aggressive behavior towards passengers and Uber or Lyft fail to take action even after being aware of the complaints, any harm committed by the driver could also be attributed to Uber or Lyft’s negligence. If you would like to learn more about your right to file a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft, you must speak with an Uber passenger injury lawyer in Los Angeles as soon as possible.
Taking ActionWhat should I do if I was assaulted by an Uber driver? You should act accordingly to preserve your right to take legal action against the party that harmed you. Whether you were physically assaulted or sexually assaulted, you must act to ensure that you preserve the right to file a lawsuit against the party that harmed you. Although the order of the actions that you take might vary depending on the situation, below are a few steps to take if you are assaulted by an Uber driver or a Lyft driver:
- Get away from your attacker. The most important thing you must do is to get away from immediate danger. Get to a safe location as soon as possible.
- Contact the local authorities. You must contact the police and file an incident report. Filing a report will prove to be essential when you decide to file a claim against the parties who harmed you.
- Take photographs. If your injuries are visible, you must take photographs of your injuries. Your injuries will be a major piece of evidence for your claim.
- Open the rideshare application to screenshot the ride. Locate your current (or last ride) and take a screenshot of the ride details. This will also be essential for your claim.
- Contact the rideshare service. You must contact the rideshare company (often through the app) and report the incident. You must provide them with enough information to understand what happened without providing them with anything that they could use against you.
- Seek medical care. You must seek medical attention for the harm that you suffered. Even if you believe that your injuries are not severe and that you could treat yourself, you must seek medical assistance. Seeking medical care also creates a record of your injuries and associates them with the incident. If you do not seek medical attention, it could be difficult to associate your injuries with your Uber or Lyft incident at a later time.
- Seek legal assistance. At your earliest convenience, you must seek legal assistance from an Uber driver assault lawyer or a Lyft lawyer. When you discuss your claim with an experienced attorney, you will receive the information that you need to begin your claim against the party who harmed you or the party liable for your harm.
The Compensation Available for RecoveryCould an Uber driver assault and battery lawyer help you recover compensation for your attack claim? Could a Lyft passenger assault attorney help you fight for your right to receive compensation after you were attacked? An experienced lawyer could help you recover the compensation that is rightfully yours; however, you must first be eligible to recover compensation. Eligibility to recover compensation depends on many details of your claim; therefore, the thorough evaluation of an experienced attorney is necessary. Although every Uber and Lyft claim is different, you could be eligible to recover some of the following categories of compensation:
- Medical expenses-for the costs associated with the injuries that you suffered
- Lost income-for the income that you lost after being attacked
- Pain and suffering-for the mental and emotional distress caused by your attack
- Property damage-for any loss of personal property that occurred during the attack
- Loss of consortium-for the loss of ability to have a normal, family relationship with the victim
- Funeral and burial costs-for the costs incurred after the death of the victim
- Punitive damages-for punishment towards the defendant
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Statute of LimitationsRegardless if the Uber passenger is assaulted by an Uber driver or the Uber driver is assaulted by a passenger, the victim has the right to file a lawsuit. All claims must be filed within the appropriate statute of limitations. All claims are subject to a specific deadline; if the claim is not filed within the deadline, the claimant will likely lose his or her right to sue the parties liable for the harm suffered. What statute of limitations applies to your claim? Victims of assault and battery are often subject to a two-year statute of limitations. If you were subject to physical assault, your claim might have a two-year statute of limitations. However, if you were the victim of sexual assault, a statute of limitations might not apply. Because the time claimants have to file a lawsuit varies depending on the details of their claim, it is essential that you speak with our lawyers immediately. Our experienced lawyers will provide you with all the information that you need to file your Uber or Lyft claim within the appropriate deadlines.
Downtown LA Law GroupWere you the victim of a Lyft or Uber attack? Whether you were affected by drunk driving, kidnapping, sexual assault, or physical assault, you were likely harmed. Are you interested in filing a lawsuit against the party that harmed you? Are you interested in filing a claim against Uber or Lyft? If so, you must seek legal assistance with our experienced attorneys as soon as possible. The Uber and Lyft lawyers at Downtown LA Law Group are ready to handle your claim and help you recover the compensation that you deserve. Our Uber driver assault attorneys and Lyft driver assault attorneys are ready to give you the legal guidance that you need to file a successful lawsuit against the party or parties liable for the harm that you suffered. If you are interested in a confidential consultation, you must contact Downtown LA Law Group as soon as possible.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.At Downtown LA Law Group, we believe that all parties should have access to legal assistance. Because of that, our legal services always remain available to all affected parties regardless of their financial abilities. How are our legal services available to all harmed parties? Our law firm offers free consultations and free second opinions; therefore, anyone interested in speaking with our lawyers will never have to worry about expensive legal fees. During our free consultations and free second opinions, the Uber and Lyft attack lawyers at Downtown LA Law Group will answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to pursue a successful claim against Uber, Lyft, and the driver that attacked you. Have you already started your claim with a lawyer at another law firm? If so, you might be experiencing doubts and confusion after allowing an incompetent lawyer to handle your claim. When you request to speak with an Uber passenger assault lawyer in Los Angeles at Downtown LA Law Group, you can be certain that our Uber attack attorney will do everything within the law to provide you with the correct and most relevant information regarding your claim. Our attorneys will dedicate themselves to helping redirect your claim towards a successful outcome so that you could recover the compensation that you deserve. If you would like to file a Lyft driver assault lawsuit or learn more about your rights to file a claim against Uber or Lyft, you must request to speak with our Uber passenger assault attorneys immediately.