I requested a ride from the VIA ride sharing app (similar to Uber). I was picked up and 10 minutes into my journey I requested that the driver let me out before my pre-determined stop (countless other drivers have let me out on my command without incident). It was just me (a female) and the driver. He told me "no". I repeated several more times to let me and he continued to refuse, saying that would unlock the door when he got to my final destination. At this point I'getting frantic and nervous as I don't understand why he won't let me out. I am screaming hysterically for him to let me out and he's telling me to "shut up. He's going to f**k me up". I'm now feeling like I'm being held against my will. MY next instinct was to break the car window but instead I grabbed his phone and said "let me out or I smash it to the ground!!!". He still continued driving as I'm screaming for him to let me. He finally pulled over . I threw his phone on the ground. He once again said "I'm going to f**k you up". I ran to my building as soon as he opened the door and didn't look back. I contacted VIA immediately.
Sure. Sue the driver for unlawful imprisonment.
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I don't know that you would have a claim against VIA for that driver's conduct on that occasion, but that sounds awful and I am sorry you experienced it. I would absolutely continue following up with them and make sure something is done to that driver.
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it appears as if u have a case against the driver for false imprisonment and also a claim against his employer for negligent hiring if they did not check his background (assuming he has a criminal record trail of this sort). Of course ride sharing companies may be shielded from liability sometimes. and you also can file a police report. Good luck. Sorry that this happened. Retain counsel asap.
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