Uber Assaults: Is Uber Doing Enough to Protect Female Riders?

Published on February 29, 2016

Ostroff Injury Law Fights Back Against Uber Sexual Assaults

Do you Uber? Uber, the popular ride service, connects those who need safe transportation with a pre-screened driver who can provide a ride to their chosen destination. For many young people, Uber has become the preferred alternative to taxi rides and public transportation.

Uber prides itself on safety. The company claims that drivers are prescreened and that a thorough background check is performed before a driver interacts with passengers. They claim these safety checks make Uber safer than other transportation options. But, many believe that Uber isn’t doing enough.

In October 2015, Boston Uber driver Alejandro Done was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in state prison for kidnapping and raping a female passenger. Done had previously been charged with five other sexual assaults. Done was able to pass Uber’s background checks because the previous cases were still pending.

This is not an isolated incident. Dozens of riders have reported assaults by drivers and by imposter drivers. The states of California and Texas are currently investigating Uber’s screening process and several lawsuits have been filed asking Uber to do more to protect riders. A San Francisco lawsuit is requesting that Uber increase safety with new standards which include alarms that go off if the GPS is disabled, deactivation of child safety locks in Uber vehicles, in-person interviews of potential drivers, fingerprint background checks, and 24-hour customer support hotlines. Uber is fighting these suits and has requested that the cases be dismissed because the company has no way to foresee driver conduct.

The Sex Abuse Lawyers at Ostroff Injury Law believe every Uber ride should be a safe ride. We work hard to hold Uber and Uber drivers accountable for rider safety. If you have been injured by an Uber driver, please call us at 855-880-6667 for a free and confidential consultation.