Zum Services, Inc. is a company that provides student transportation. In addition to providing contracts to school districts across the country, it also provides an app for parents, in which they can track the location of the Zum vehicles that their children are on. The company was founded in 2014 by Ritu Narayan. The founding of the company came after Narayan encountered the same problem that her own mother had encountered many years before – having to sacrifice her career in order to raise her children. Narayan found a way to advance her career while making sure that her children had access to the necessary transportation and care.
Today, Zum is a leader in student transportation. It serves over 4,000 schools and districts, and it has completed over 1 million rides to date. Without a doubt, Zum is providing a great service and has implemented options that give parents peace of mind. However, Zum is not a rideshare and parents cannot request individual rides. Zum works directly with schools and districts to provide students with reliable transportation.
According to the Zum Services, Inc. website, their drivers are subject to strict screening to ensure that they are hiring only the best and most qualified drivers. Unfortunately, any adult that has access to children can potentially harm them. If your child has sexually assaulted by a Zum driver – or a Zumer – then you might have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of personal injury claims, including sexual assault claims. If your child was sexually abused on a Zum ride by a driver, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit for child sex abuse. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact the experts here at our law firm immediately.
A Review of the Requirements for Zum Drivers
The company has many requirements for their drivers. These vary from the drivers of non-traditional student transportation (cars, vans, etc.) and traditional student transportation (yellow school buses). All drivers must have a clean driving record, pass thorough background checks (that exceed state requirements), and are preferred to have a background in childcare. Without a doubt, it seems like the company is doing more than enough to ensure that their drivers do not pose a risk to the children being transported.
In addition, the company claims to have a zero-tolerance policy for driver drug use and alcohol use while driving. Also, there is a zero-tolerance policy for the use of mobile devices while driving with Zum passengers, as well as for any physical contact with riders.
Unfortunately, child sex abuse is very common – and it often occurs at the hands of people who are trusted by children and parents, alike, and who have access to children. If your child was sexually abused by during a Zum ride, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact the experts here at our law firm today.
What if My Child was Sexually Assaulted on a Zum Ride?
Finding out that your child was sexually assaulted by a trusted adult is devastating. The company created the parent app to ease the mind of parents and to allow them to essentially know who is picking up and dropping off their children. However, even with these measures in place, drivers can harm children.
If your child was sexually assaulted on a Zum ride by a driver, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit against the company. This is because the company has a duty to keep students safe during transport; therefore, if any harm comes to students while in the care of Zum, then the company could be liable. In the case of sexual assault, specifically, the company could be found liable for negligently hiring, training, and supervising drivers. In addition, if the company failed to take any action after receiving reports from students, parents, or even other concerned employees, then the company could also be found liable.
What does this all mean? If your legal team can prove that the company was negligent in one way or another, then they can be successfully sued. Can I sue Zum Services, Inc. for child sex abuse? Yes – you can sue Zum. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact our Zum ride sexual assault attorneys today.
Can I Sue the School District?
Zum works directly with school districts to provide transportation to students. If the school district was aware of reports of abuse and failed to take any action, then the school district could also be liable and could also be sued. For more information, contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.
The Average Value of a Child Sex Abuse Case
Many claimants – parents of victims and victims themselves – often reach out to us with questions about the possible value of their claims. These questions include the following:
- What is the average value of a child sex abuse case?
- How much can I recover for my child sex abuse case against Zum?
- What determines the value of my child sex abuse claim?
Ultimately, there is no one value that can represent all child sex abuse cases. If we tried to place a value on all child sex abuse cases, that value would be misleading. This is because every case is different, and there are many different factors that can affect the value of a claim. Instead of trying to establish one single value, we feel more comfortable with an estimated range value. These types of cases can range anywhere from $150,000 to $3 million – and they can reach even higher values.
Some of the different factors that can affect case values include the type of abuse suffered, the type and severity of injuries suffered, whether the injuries had permanent or lasting effects, whether the incident had mental and emotional effects, whether the company was grossly negligent, and even whether there was a cover up attempt (under California law, child sex abuse that was part of a cover-up could result in the tripling of damages awarded).
For more information about the possible value of your claim, it is important that you seek legal assistance for a thorough case evaluation.
How Long Does It Take to Settle Child Sex Abuse Cases?
This is also a very common question. The settlement process can take anywhere from just a few months to years. Again, it depends on a number of details. In cases of child sex abuse, liable parties often try to settle these cases as quickly as possible as to stay out of court and avoid negative media attention. In many cases, however, liable parties will try to pressure claimants into accepting low settlements. If you have the appropriate representation, you will not be cheated out of the settlement that you are owed. Here at our law firm, we always work towards getting you the maximum recovery available within a reasonable length of time.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If your child was sexually abused by a Zum driver, you might have many questions about the legal options available to you. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our child sex abuse lawyers are more than ready to provide you with all the information that you need to begin or continue your lawsuit against Zum and the school district liable for the harm that your child suffered. We offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our experts will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. No matter whether you are looking to start or continue your claim, our lawyers can help you.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that you will never be required to pay any upfront legal costs for any of our legal services. We also work on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay absolutely anything unless their claims are successful. If you do not win, you will not pay anything.
If you are ready to speak with our Zum child sex abuse lawyers, contact us today. We are ready to help you every step of the way.