A woman has sued Uber for an assault that allegedly happened when she was getting a ride from a man driving for Uber. Uber connects riders to drivers via the internet. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The woman claims Uber negligently failed to keep her safe.

The incident happened in New Delhi, which has since banned Uber. In response, the company said it would implement driver background checks throughout India.

Can You Sue Uber?

It depends on the facts of your case. Companies are responsible for assault and any other harm caused by people working for them at the time of the assault as general contractors.

Let’s say you set up a ride via the Uber app. The driver comes, picks you up at the designated time and assaults you.  Pretty clearly, you have a claim against Uber.

If the driver drops you off at your destination, parks his car, follows you and then assaults you, there is probably still a case. The argument would be that the assault arose from the Uber connection.

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