Securing Your Personal Safety in Rideshare Vehicles

Uber’s recently released, first-ever Safety Report reveals nearly 6,000 driver and passenger reported sexual assault incidents in the United States in 2017 and 2018. Data in the report covers three categories of critical safety incidents—motor vehicle fatalities, fatal physical assault, and sexual assault—reported to Uber over a 21-month period and includes incidents where either drivers or passengers were victims. According to Uber, of the estimated 3.1 million daily trips in the United States during this period there were 9 reports of a critical safety incident per day. The incidents of sexual assault highlight the importance of adopting personal safety measures when using rideshare services.

  • Uber’s report included five categories of sexual assault, noting 2,936 incidents in 2017 and 3,045 in 2018; most reports were of non-consensual touching of a sexual body part.

  • Of the 19 murders that occurred in Uber rideshares during the time frame, seven victims were drivers, eight were passengers, and four were described as third parties, such as bystanders.

  • There were 107 fatal crashes reported, including incidents where passengers were struck exiting the Uber vehicle and cases of driver negligence.

  • The report also included information on Uber’s new safety measures and requirements, including an In-App Emergency Button that connects passengers to a 911 call center, a share my trip/follow my ride feature, and automated technology that periodically checks drivers’ driving records and criminal history, along with more extensive safety trainings.

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