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Dallas Uber/Lyft Assault Lawsuits | Statutes of Limitations and Victims’ Rights

In a 2022 report published by Uber, and covered by news outlets including CNN, the rideshare company disclosed nearly 1,000 sexual assaults in 2020. However, according to the company’s same report, they received nearly 4,000 complaints of sexual assault and misconduct in the same year. If you are one of the many victims that has been sexually assaulted by a rideshare driver, the Dallas, Texas lawyers for rideshare sexual assault victims at Carabin Shaw will fight for the justice and legal compensation that you are owed.

How Common is Assault from Rideshare Drivers?

In 2018, both Uber and Lyft made statements committing to releasing public transparency reports to disclose severe incidents that occur during rideshare trips. While Uber has released several since then, Lyft released its first report in 2021. And, regardless of this report, with nearly 4,000 assault complaints and only 1,000 reported incidents on behalf of Uber, it is unclear what these businesses consider “severe incidents” to be.

Dallas Uber/Lyft sexual assault lawsuits are still far more common than they should be. This is especially true of students in the city, such as those at Southern Methodist University, who often need to use rideshare apps in order to navigate the city.

Your safety and well-being are important to the attorneys at Carabin Shaw. If you have been assaulted by a rideshare driver, you have pathways towards winning the justice that you rightfully deserve. Call the toll-free number 800-862-1260, available 24/7, to learn about the options for legal recourse that are available to you.

What is the Legal Process for Sexual Assault Cases in Texas?

A sexual assault claim begins with a civil lawsuit on behalf of the assault victim, but these process can be long, complex, and hold incredible stress for the victim. Here is how the legal process impacts your case:

Statute of limitations

Victims’ rights in rideshare assault cases adhere to larger Texas laws regarding sexual assault. For adults, this means that a victim can press charges within 10 years of the assault incident. For rideshare assault cases, this covers nearly the entire time that Uber and Lyft have existed.

For assault cases involving minors, such as Dallas high school students who need rideshare apps to attend functions, the statute of limitation is longer. Implemented in 2019, HB 3809 gives assault victims a period of 30 years after they turn 18 to file a lawsuit.

Regardless of how much time has passed since an assault, reliving that trauma is exhausting for any victim. Working alongside a Dallas attorney for sexual assault lawsuits will remove that immense weight from your shoulders.

The Burden of Proof

As with any personal injury, the burden of proving fault and liability rests with the victim. Proving negligence in rideshare assault may sound backwards, as it can often imply inaction. However, anyone who legally owes you a certain duty of care is negligent when breaching that duty of care. Sexual assault is a breach of care. At Carabin Shaw, our team will help you to gather evidence, maintain your anonymity should you desire it, and win your maximum compensation.

Estimating Damages

Damages that a trusted lawyer can help victims pursue in a rideshare sexual assault case include:

  • Medical care costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Emotional distress

The Carabin Shaw reviews are home to various examples of the supports that we have offered clients in the past.

Free Initial Consultation with the Attorneys at Carabin Shaw

Building a sexual assault case can take months, as it must be as strong as possible before filing in order to ensure that your case is won. However, because we offer our services on a contingency-fee basis, those months of service cost you nothing until we have won your case.

Our English and Spanish-speaking staff are ready to help you fight back after a rideshare assault, and our attorneys are ready to advocate for you and your full settlement.

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