You have likely realized that rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft, have almost completely replaced the traditional yellow taxi cab. Thanks to the widespread availability and mobile app integration, most people agree that these rideshare services are more convenient than taxis.
While there’s a lot of good news in the rideshare industry, there are still some issues. One such issue is sexual assault. Unfortunately, there are cases of this incident reported all the time in California and around the country. There are a few reasons that have been attributed to the increase in this occurrence.
It’s also worth mentioning that passengers aren’t the only ones who are victims of sexual assault. Drivers are also falling victim to this crime.
Improper or subpar hiring procedures
While rideshare drivers do have to undergo background checks and other screenings, the hiring process isn’t as in-depth as some would think. Also, there are situations where the amount of information gathered about a potential driver is limited.
Perceived safe transportation option
Rideshare services first grew in popularity because they offered an easy-to-access designated driver. Unfortunately, this led to society viewing the rideshare services as “safe,” even if this wasn’t always the case. In fact, intoxicated individuals are more at risk of sexual assault in a rideshare vehicle because they may not be able to say no or protect themselves due to the intoxication.
Sexual assault and rideshare services
Unfortunately, sexual assault is an ongoing problem in rideshare services. Because of this, passengers and drivers need to take steps to protect themselves. If they are a victim of this, they should look into the legal options they have and what they can do about the situation.