Uber and Lyft have been in the news in recent years because of the prevalence of assaults on female passengers by male drivers. However, drivers may also encounter difficulties. Many female drivers for Uber and Lyft have reported terrifying encounters with passengers.
Some drivers say that they regularly face harassment by male passengers, many of whom are drunk. Sexual assaults against drivers have occurred. When a scary incident happens, not only does it affect the driver emotionally, it can also affect her paycheck. When female drivers experience a scary incident, they often take days off of driving or may choose to driver earlier in the day, when there is less money to be made.
Uber and Lyft have been lauded by many as offering a wonderful solution for mothers who may have childcare responsibilities but also need to earn a living. However, many women who drive for Uber and Lyft report frequently encountering harassment or assaults. Uber and Lyft allow drivers to report incidents in the app or through a call line. They have also added new safety features to the app. Both companies emphasize how important safety is to them. Critics believe the companies could do a lot more to help improve safety for riders and drivers.
If you are a driver or a passenger for Uber or Lyft and you have been harmed, you may wish to speak with an attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles ride share attorney, at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.