Uber rideshare passengers in Dallas are among the first in the U.S. to have a new security option designed to make rides safer.
A total of seven cities are testing an option on the Uber app called, “Verify My Ride.”
The company believes a personal identification number will make passengers feel safer when getting in the backseat.
The addition comes after a safety report revealing more than 3,000 reports of sexual assaults in 2018, including 235 rape cases.
Passengers in Dallas and the six other cities have the option on the app to receive a PIN to make sure they are getting in the right vehicle with the right driver before opening the door.
It’s a safety feature that could eventually expand nationwide.
In the wake of the sexual assaults report, the company has openly revealed that it oversees 3,000,000 rides a day and about half of those assaults are reported by drivers.
Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft have escalated in popularity around the world for everyone who needs transportation services. With the simple touch of a button, you can request a ride from the closest rideshare driver in your area. While this is a very cool form of technology, the reality is that you never know who you are actually requesting rides from.
There has been a surge in the past few years of incidence of sexual assault committed by rideshare drivers. Many drivers are not properly screened by the companies and others just seize the opportunity to prey on vulnerable and unsuspecting passengers.
People who have suffered sexual assault by their rideshare drivers have the right to seek financial compensation for their suffering. Our Florida Uber & Lyft Sexual Assault Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are here to assist with these types of lawsuits so that victims can recover proper payment for damages they have incurred.
If you were the victim of a rape or sexua attack by an Uber or Lyft driver, you can file a lawsuit demanding financial compensation against both the driver and company. Our team of Sexual Abuse Injury Lawyers can investigate your claim by interviewing any witnesses, uncovering any surveillance videos, and obtaining the cell phone records for both the victim and driver to get the events leading up to, during, and after the attack down to the exact time frame.
We believe in paying attention to every single detail. We will do an extensive search into the background of the Uber or Lyft driver to find previous incidents of criminal behavior and other complaints of misconduct. Our goal is to get you the maximum recovery for the suffering you endured.
After a sexual assault occurs in an Uber or Lyft, your next actions are critical to your case. First, get medical care for your injuries, including a rape kit if you were raped. Next, report the incident to the police and give them as much information as possible about the driver and the details of the incident. You should also save every piece of evidence related to the incident, including the clothes you were wearing at the time of the incident, and a copy of the police report. Your doctor should also provide you with a medical report that lists your injuries and treatment plan. This will help outline the extent of the effects of your experience to the jury in your case.
While being sexually assaulted is something some may wish to try and forget about and move on, we urge you to consider the value in filing a lawsuit against the offender. By taking legal action, you may help prevent future victims and achieve a sense of justice through a civil suit for damages. You can also recover the costs of medical treatment if the assault resulted in physical injuries, psychological trauma, or a sexually transmitted infection.
We can help you gather evidence and present a strong case against Uber or Lyft. We will make sure that your case gets the attention it deserves and the compensation its worth. Instead of dealing with the legal aspects of your claim alone, we will take care of every step for your, so that your can focus your efforts on recovering. We have experience with these types of claims, and know exactly how to fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf. Let us help you through this traumatic incident and get the full and fair recovery you deserve.