Sexually Assaulted by an Uber Driver in Foreign Country – Do I Have a Case?
Unfortunately, sexual assault continues to be a major problem in many different industries, including the rideshare industry. Unsuspecting passengers who trust their rideshare drivers to get them to their destinations safely are often sexually assaulted during the ride.
Although Uber started as only available in the U.S., it has expanded its service areas to other countries, including Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Colombia, France, Italy, and South Africa, for instance. If you were sexually assaulted by your Uber driver at any of these foreign countries, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit against Uber.
What are my rights if I was sexually assaulted by my Uber driver? Can I sue in the U.S. is I was sexually assaulted by my Uber driver in a foreign country? Can I sue in America after an Uber sexual assault in a foreign country? Depending on the details surrounding your incident, you could be eligible to sue. For the answers to your questions and all the information that you need to sue Uber, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group today.
Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with decades of experience representing victims of different types of incidents, including rideshare sexual assault. Our Uber sexual assault attorneys are not afraid to take on Uber to fight for your rights after you were sexually assaulted in a foreign country.
If you are ready to discuss your Uber driver sexual assault with the experts at our law firm, contact us today.
Uber Driver Sexual Assault
Unfortunately, Uber driver sexual assault is quite common. Drivers with malicious intentions have access to unexpected passengers who simply are trying to get to their destination. Drivers can potentially stop their vehicles in isolated areas to attack the victims, who is typically trapped in the car due to locked doors.
Uber driver sexual assault could include the following:
- Unwanted touching, fondling, or groping
- Forcing the victim to perform any sexual acts, like oral sex, for instance
- Attempted rape
Victims of sexual assault are likely to suffer extensive physical injuries, like fractures, lacerations, bruises, internal injuries, damage to reproductive organs, sexually transmitted diseases, etc. In addition to physical injuries, victims could sustain mental and emotional harm as a result of the sexual assault incident, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress.
It is also possible for sexual assault to result in fatal harm.
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Your Right to Sue
Can you sue if you were sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in a foreign country? Yes, you could have grounds to sue. You could sue Uber if you were assaulted by one of their drivers during a trip. Your right to sue Uber for sexual assault is based on the fact that Uber, like other rideshare companies, has a duty to guarantee that all their drivers are completely cleared to drive passengers around. That is, they have to subject both prospective drivers and existing drivers to background checks as well as making sure that they act appropriately when any reports are made against their drivers.
By failing to ensure that their drivers are all-clear to drive passengers, they are putting innocent passengers at risk of sexual assault and other incidents – and they could be sued for any resulting harm.
What if I was the victim of Uber driver sexual assault in Mexico?
Uber services are available in a number of cities throughout Mexico. If your Uber Mexico driver sexually assaulted you during your trip, you could definitely have grounds to file a sexual assault claim against Uber for the harm that you suffered.
What if my Uber sexual assault occurred in Brazil?
Believe it or not, Brazil is the second-largest market for Uber, just behind the U.S. If you were sexually assaulted by your Uber driver in Brazil, you might have grounds to sue Uber for the attack, even if it took place in Brazil.
What if my Uber sexual assault happened in Panama?
In Panama, Uber services are only available in Panama City. Regardless, sexual assault is possible. If you were sexually assaulted by your Uber driver in Panama, you could potentially sue Uber for your sexual assault.
What if I suffered a sexual attack by my Uber driver in Colombia?
In Colombia, Uber works under a different model, in which the passenger technically rents the Uber vehicle (with the driver included). Regardless, if you were sexually assaulted by your Uber driver in Colombia, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit against Uber.
What if my Uber driver in France sexually assaulted me?
In France, Uber is only available in Paris. If your Uber driver in France sexually assaulted you during your trip, you could have grounds to file a sexual assault lawsuit against Uber.
What if I was sexually assaulted by my Uber driver in Italy?
In Italy, Uber (specially Uber Black) is available only in Rome and Milan. Regardless, if you were sexually assaulted by your Uber driver during your Uber trip, you could sue. You should seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
What if I was sexually assaulted in South Africa?
Uber is available in a total of five cities in South Africa – Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Durban, East London, and Johannesburg and Pretoria. If you were the victim of sexual assault at the hands of your Uber driver, you could potentially sue Uber.
It is important that victims of sexual assault in foreign countries know that they could sue Uber even if their driver sexual assault occurred in a foreign country. In fact, you could file a lawsuit in California even if you were sexually assaulted in a foreign country. Because Uber is headquartered in San Francisco, California, San Francisco jurisdiction would apply. Could you really sue Uber? Yes, you don’t even have to be a U.S. resident or a U.S. citizen. For more information about your right to sue Uber in California after being sexually assaulted by your Uber driver in a foreign country, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm today.
You Could Be Compensated
Based on the details surrounding your Uber driver sexual assault lawsuit, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation. Although every situation is different, you could be eligible to recover compensation for at least some of the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral/burial costs
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
For more information about the type and amount of compensation that you could potentially receive, you should seek legal assistance with our experts as soon as possible. Our Uber driver sexual assault lawyers are ready to handle your lawsuit against Uber and help you recover the maximum payout available.
I Need a Law Firm that Can Help Me!
If you are looking for a law firm that you can trust to handle your claim efficiently, you can definitely trust Downtown L.A. Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm with decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including Uber sexual assault claims. Our lawyers have fought against Uber in the past and are ready to do whatever it takes to ensure that you are compensated fairly after you were sexually assaulted by your Uber driver in a foreign country.
To make things as easy as possible for you and all other victims of Uber driver sexual assault who are in need of legal assistance, we offer free legal services. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Our lawyers will provide you with all the information that you need to start or continue your Uber driver sexual assault lawsuit.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our lawyers will not be required to pay any upfront legal fees for our legal services. In addition, we work on a contingency structure; therefore, our lawyers will not be required to pay absolutely anything until after reaching a positive claim outcome. If you do not win, you will not pay.
If you were sexually assaulted by your Uber driver in a foreign country and are interested in learning more about your right to sue, do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately. Our lawyers are ready to help you.