As women sue Lyft over alleged sexual assault, how safe is it to hail a ride?

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Uber and Lyft stickers on a car windshield in Culver City, June 6, 2019. Photo by Amy Ta.

Lyft has been hit with seven sexual assault lawsuits just this month. Four of the women allege that their driver raped them. All seven of them say they were charged for the ride after they reported the assault to Lyft. 

The suits come just two years after the president of the ride sharing app described Lyft as the “woke counterpart” to Uber. Uber, at that time, was dealing with its own sexual harassment scandal.

Last year, a CNN investigation also found that more than 100 Uber drivers had been accused of sexually assaulting passengers in the past four years. 

So how safe is it to get into a Lyft or Uber?

Credits

Guest:
Laurel L. Simes - San Francisco attorney who handles rideshare sexual assault cases

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Adriana Cargill