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Can I sue Uber/Lyft if a driver has a camera in the car?

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In summer 2018, an Uber driver named Jason Gargac committed a shocking act: he set up car cameras to video his ridesharing passengers without their permission.

Even worse, Gargac then live-streamed the video to his Twitch account, earning extra revenues on top of what his unsuspecting ridesharing passengers were paying for their transportation.

Not only did the livestream to Twitch permit viewers to eavesdrop on conversations the passengers had thought were private, but viewers were also able to comment in public and in real time on aspects of the passengers’ appearance and demeanor.

But worst of all, Gargac was acquitted of all charges of violation of privacy because all of this occurred in St. Louis, Missouri.

If anything like this happened to you here in the state of California, would you be able to sue? And when would you need to retain the services of the best ridesharing accident lawyer to expedite your claim? Let’s find out!

Is It Illegal for Ridesharing Drivers to Video Passengers?

As the best ridesharing accident lawyer would readily tell you, the answer to this question depends entirely upon where the incident occurred.

As the opening example highlights, if you were videotaped unawares by a ridesharing driver in Missouri, you are unlikely to have much if any recourse.

But it is a little different here in the state of California, which is to your benefit if anything like this ever happens to you in the future.

What Is One Party Versus Two Party Consent?

One party consent is the prevailing law in states like Missouri. In Missouri, only one party who is participating in a video session is required to be aware of and give consent to that video session. This is called “one party consent” and it is the governing law in the state of Missouri.

In the case presented in the introduction here, Gargac was the sole party aware of the video session in progress, and for this reason Missouri upheld his right to violate his passengers’ privacy.

Here in California, we have a two party consent law. This means that all parties involved in the video session must be aware of and give their consent to their participation. As you can see, this is quite different and offers you a great deal more protection than the hapless passengers in Gargac’s Uber in Missouri.

In California, if you entered an Uber, Lyft or other ridesharing vehicle and the driver took photos or videos of you without your knowledge and express consent, this would be an offense prosecutable by law.

Prosecuting Unlawful Photo or Video Taken of You in California

California has very strict laws when it comes to traffic and personal privacy. However, ridesharing as an element of traffic law is still rapidly evolving, with new precedents being set on a daily basis.

The Gargac case in Missouri was the first of its kind, and unfortunately the passengers in that case fared poorly since their state does not protect their personal right to privacy.

Here in California, it is possible to sue Uber or Lyft if the driver has a camera in the car. But because there is little precedent to do so, the best approach is to work with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who has a specialization in California traffic law and a successful track record of prosecuting ridesharing cases.

What to Do If You Suspect Your Privacy Is Being Violated by Uber/Lyft

California, like all states, maintains a statute of limitations when it comes to filing a lawsuit or making an insurance claim. The statute of limitations, or time period before you are no longer legally permitted to seek restitution, differs depending on the issue.

The best ridesharing accident lawyer will be able to advise you on the statute of limitations for your particular situation and details.

However, prosecution is only possible if you have some type of proof that the incident occurred. So the moment you become aware that your privacy may be compromised, it is time to start taking action of your own.

One of the best ways to protect yourself is simply to use your own smart phone’s camera and video features. If the content taken without your permission is viewable online, be sure to capture it because it will likely be removed the moment your lawsuit gets filed.

Also be sure you get the name and contact information, including the Uber or Lyft driver number, for the driver whose actions you feel are violating your privacy. Your Los Angeles  Uber accident lawyer will be able to use this information to follow up on your complaint.

What to Do After Being Involved in an Uber/Lyft Incident

Ridesharing has literally transformed public transportation, especially here in California. Many passengers don’t realize that ridesharing giant and industry leader Uber was actually birthed right here in San Francisco.

California actually takes a tougher stance when it comes to ridesharing traffic law than many other states. But these cases are still very difficult to navigate because ridesharing traffic law itself is so new.

If you are involved in any type of incident while you are a passenger of a ridesharing service, you should always take these four steps in order to protect your privacy, personal and legal rights.

1. Get the driver’s license plate number, contact information and car number.

2. Contact Lyft or Uber to report the incident right away.

3. Keep copies of all interactions with the ridesharing driver and document them with hard photo or video evidence for safekeeping.

4. Retain your own ridesharing accident attorney to represent your case and protect your interests.

What to Look for in a Ridesharing Accident Attorney

Often, victims in ridesharing incidents wonder if any attorney can represent them or if it is necessary to find a lawyer that specializes in traffic law.

Here, the analogy would be similar to if your air conditioner stopped working. Who would you rather call to fix it, an air conditioning professional or your neighbor who took a few classes in a/c troubleshooting at the local community college?

For ridesharing law in particular and all auto incidents in general, you really want to work with an attorney that specializes in traffic and ridesharing case law.

Look for a law firm that spends the majority of their time handling traffic law and ridesharing cases. Also look for a majority of successful case outcomes and positive past client reviews.

Has Your Privacy Been Invaded by a Ridesharing Driver? We Can Help!

When your rights have been violated by a ridesharing driver, it is vital to know what California laws are relevant to your situation so you can get the reparations and compensation you deserve.

California is one of the strictest states in the nation when it comes to traffic law, but it is also one of the most vigilant when it comes to personal privacy. You may have a strong case to prosecute the driver that violated your personal rights.

Contact West Coast Trial Lawyers today to schedule your free no-obligation consultation with an expert Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.

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It runs In the family: Amel Elezovic and Anes Elezovic

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Director Amel Elezovic and athlete Anes Elezovic are mega-talented brothers, working in the same industry. They share their favourite memories of stealing candy, running with cheetahs, and being there for each other when things get rough

What’s your first memory of each other?

Amel: One of my earliest memories is of Anes learning to sit up. I was asked to take care of him one evening. Normally he would just roll over but that afternoon, he just balanced himself and sat up. I was thrilled.

Anes: Me and Amel are twins so I remember when we were 12 and we celebrated halloween together and Amel dressed up really weird, at first I thought it was another person. He had long hair in a ponytail, a beard, and was wearing black. He created a late-night commotion in the house and I was like, “who is this guy?”

What is the craziest thing you have done together?

Amel: We haven’t had the opportunity to do a lot of crazy things together but I know we will…soon.

Anes: We went running with some cheetahs on leashes in Kruger National Park. We were also the only two people there when my grandmother passed away. It was very sad and emotional, as she was someone we both adored deeply.

What did you get punished for the most as a child?

Amel: I was a very assertive and curious child, constantly challenged my parents and got on their nerves, and got reprimanded. I never got punished as such.Anes: At age eight, I stole some money from my dad’s wallet, ran all the way to the market alone and bought the most expensive Japanese candy I could find. My mum wasn’t very happy when she heard about all this.

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Meet Mario Moro with few top tips for become a successfull Social Media Manager

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Mario Moro, is an Italian Social Media marketing manager and digital creator, with almost 5 years of experience in the industry. Today he shared with us, the best advice for the success and overcoming the obstacles that those who enter on the the professional field of social media, may have to face during their career.

How did you overcome these obstacles?

The biggest and still very frequent obstacles is to make people understand the true potential of social networks and the web. The social media are now the future, the web, digitization is an important goal for every person, private or corporate. There are no strategies or magic formulas, everything lies in knowing how to convert our daily offline offline in the best way with so much creativity and professionalism.

What helped you achieve success? 

These obstacles are faced with the awareness that in this field you must be constantly updated. So doing in-depth studies, training courses, learn as much you can, check youtube’s tutorials etc. Being prepared on the various facets of which Social Media is composed, is very important. This offers security to your customers, being prepared for everything, being able to solve any problems they have and for which they decide to hire an “Expert” in the field who can help them.

I am very satisfied with the successes achieved, as I mentioned before, nowadays is difficult to make a difference as distrust and competition are the order of the day. But with the right training, trained mind and physique really help a lot, but above all the real success lies in identifying with every single person, really understanding the needs, and surrounding oneself with collaborators and a loyal and above all motivated team. If you really want something in your life you have to break it off. Nothing is impossible



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How Bagio White Became an Iconic Creative Director in the College

“The time in your life to really find what you want to do moving forward in life, so you should rebel a little”

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Photograph of Bagio White designed with his trademark ribbon design technique

“The time in your life to really find what you want to do moving forward in life, so you should rebel a little”

Perfect time in your life to figure out the next steps in your career. Most college students have a clear vision on what their goals are while the vast majority are still trying to find both themselves and their passion while going through college life. For many students that are still looking for guidance, celebrity creative director, Bagio White, say “don’t fear or panic” as he explains that this is a pivotal time to explore your options.

Celebrity creative director and Editor-In-chief of DOPENESS magazine, Bagio White started is career from the comfort of his dorm room. While attending college Bagio created his iconic magazine DOPENESS purely on instinct. White was studying architecture at the time of the birth of his company where he said the timing for it all was too perfect.

DOPENESS cover featuring Bow Wow

“I remember I was just sitting in my dorm room and I remember I was watching Jersey Shore and I said to myself…I could definitely create a dope magazine cover with them, that would be dope! And from that point, I decided that’s exactly what I’m gonna do and I even manage to call it DOPENESS” Bagio stated earlier in an interview

White has creative directed and designed editorials for a slew of well-known celebrities and public figures in the industry, and he also garnered an impression number of fans on social media, having over 100k followers on Instagram alone. White has worked with acts such as Tinashe, King Bach, Amanda Cerny, Bow Wow, Cierra Ramirez, August Alsina and more. White stated that when he first created his magazine in college it was more of an experiment at the time, and the best decision he made during his college lifespan. White said it was a very important time for him because even though he was studying to be an architect his passion was designing and creative directing. White goes on to stress the importance of exploring and getting out of your comfort zone in college.

DOPENESS cover featuring King Bach

“College, to me, is a very important time in your life because just because you initially went to study a particular field doesn’t necessarily mean that the study going to leave with [laughs], you have to break out when you college its not just about studies your also there to find yourself and find what you love to do, so everyone in college should explore their options you never know what field of study you’ll fall in love with of if like me, you’ll find how to create your own path” – stated to The Tab!

You can check out Bagio’s work on his website bagiowhite.co and on DOPENESS

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