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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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Ariella Lorio Widely Recognized As The Done For You Girl Helps Thousands Quit Their Job

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Giving up the traditional 9 to 5 job is difficult for anyone. Though this kind of day to day grind can be difficult to sustain, it is what tends to make ends meet. Making the decision to drop that in exchange for your dreams is something that many people do not dare to try. 

Ariella Iorio is a widely recognized and successful serial entrepreneur that helps people learn affiliate marketing. She is on a mission to teach people to work from home and fire their bosses instead of going to the office everyday. She abandoned the 9 to 5 in order to achieve happiness in her life. 

“I interned for  Wesley Virgin for two years for free, and he taught me everything I needed to know. He is the King of online marketers.” Ariella recounts.

For Ariella, there was a turning point that led her to change the way she thought about her day to day life. Early on in her college career, Ariella suffered serious injuries after being in a terrible car crash. Though she eventually recovered, the experience fundamentally changed her life. The trauma that she experienced from that period caused her to rethink what she was doing in her life as a college student and whether or not this kind of life was worth it in the end. 

“I was in a terrible car accident in which I broke my back, neck, and arm. It was a terrible experience.”

She moved on from this car accident, but couldn’t help but think there was more to this life. She didn’t want to struggle to make ends meet and worry about paying the rent each month

Back then, the work that she was putting in did not equal the output she was getting in terms of work-life balance and the money she was making. She knew she needed to change something to increase her happiness and believes she manifested her now mentor/business partner Wesley Virgin. Ariella always believed in meditation and visualization and attributes that much to her success.

“I now make 600,000 in four months with affiliate marketing. The company now nets 20k a day.” Ariella explains.

Though she has become incredibly successful now, Ariella had a rough start to her business journey. Her desire to follow her dreams drastically changed her lifestyle. She has experienced failure and difficulties with people supporting her in following her dreams. No one was convinced that she would succeed, not even some members of her own family.

“I was living in the basement for 2 years before becoming successful. I had one failed company with Wesley Virgin before the Done for You Services business that we run now. I also dropped out of college and was kicked out of my house for believing in my dreams and not going the ‘traditional route.’” Ariella states.

Now they both are dominating the industry, but most of all, changing lives. Ariella and Wesley pride themselves on finding the correct system for all of their users. They understand that finding the correct audience for your online business can be difficult, but they are there to help walk their clients through all the stages of the process to ensure success.

“We have a Done for You System that we basically do all the work for them such as give them the offer to promote, the videos, the Facebook target audience, have a coach call them to set up their Facebook campaign and stick with them to hold their hand throughout this process guaranteeing them their first sale online. We have three phases: mindset (our millionaire in training group), execution (the done for you services program), and the mastery program (Facebook and youtube ads).” Ariella says.

If you would like to learn more about Ariella Iorio, go here.

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Meet Sean Castrina, Serial Entrepreneur and Author

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Sean Castrina is a bestselling author of 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Startup Success andthe fictional tale The Greatest Entrepreneur in the World. His new release is World’s Greatest Business Plan, written for those who cannot afford to fail. Sean is an active entrepreneur and CEO, having started more than 20 companies in the last 25 years. He has guest lectured on entrepreneurship at some of America’s finest colleges. He hosts The Ten Minute Entrepreneur, a top 10 business podcast on iTunes.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a 7-figure entrepreneur, investor, speaker, and author. I’ve got three books out: 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Startup Success, The Greatest Entrepreneur in the World, and World’s Greatest Business Plan. I also host my own podcast.

What was a major challenge you had to overcome to get to where you are today?

I suffered a back injury. Doctors prescribed me a large amount of oxycodone and fentanyl to cope with the pain, which is incredibly easy to get addicted to. I was determined to not get caught in that trap, so I quit cold turkey. I truly believe that you can accomplish anything with the right mindset.

If you could start over, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t wait until after college to start a business. I could’ve been where I am today a lot sooner had I gotten a jump start on my career.

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Alex Saenz Is A Millionaire At Age 23 Because, Despite His Hardships, He Always Tried To Work Harder And Do More

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Hardships during our childhood years often have a long and profound impact on our lives. Alex Saenz experienced a childhood full of difficulties and hardship that he was able to overcome and become the person he is today. Instead of letting it get him down, he used it as fuel to achieve his dreams.

“I grew up in west phoenix from very humble beginnings. I lived in a trailer park from the age of 13-18. During the ages of 13-18, my parents divorced and I dealt with a lot of emotional and mental issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness and abandonment. Having felt all this, I worked my butt off in highschool and graduated with a 4.2 GPA.” Recounts Alex.

With this kind of GPA, Alex had the opportunity to go to plenty of elite colleges. Instead, his interest was piqued by real estate investing. Though he had very little money in his bank account, Alex wanted to achieve his goal of making six or seven figures, so he began his venture into real estate.

“At the time of jumping into real estate, I had less than $500 in his bank account. This was Money I had saved up from working at a grocery store pushing carts where I only made $7.50 an hour from pushing carts. Having no emotional or financial support, I dove into real estate head first by door knocking and putting signs out on street corners. It took me nine months to get my first real estate wholesale deal. During this time, my mom moved to Nevada, which was 18 hours away. I then had to move into my friend’s house and work out of my friend’s little brother’s room, which was spiderman themed. I started to dig deeper and work harder by marketing for real estate deals.” States Alex.

Though these months were difficult for Alex, like before, he pushed through it and finally made his first closing. This first deal changed everything for Alex. He was only 19 and had already closed a sale and quickly began closing other sales. He began to expand his team and hire other agents to help build his business and close more sales.

“Having closed my first real estate deal by January 2016, I took off in real estate. I was 19 when I closed my first real estate deal! In 2016, still at the age of 19, I closed 12 real estate wholesale deals for $120,000 in revenue. Keeping living expenses low, I invested nearly everything back into business. I hired two sales guys to help hunt down more real estate deals, by 2017, the real estate company grew to five total team members!” Exclaims Alex.

Alex has never looked back since beginning his journey. His business took off and he was able to create his real estate business All in Entrepreneurs with his two partners: Carlos Reyes and Sal Shakir. He also has started creating youtube videos in which he shares his life story and ways to help others learn the tricks of the real estate trade.

“In 2017, my company closed 62 deals for $615,000 in revenue with more than 60% profit margins. This was all done at 20 years young. In 2018, being 21, I continued to grow my real estate company and Co-Founded ALL IN ENTREPRENEURS with his partners Carlos Reyes and Sal Shakir. In 2018, Over 100 deals were closed, and it was the first 7 figure year in business and I was only 21. Fast forward to 2020, I have closed over 300+ deals with my 7 figure real estate acquisition firm.” States Alex.

Though Alex has faced numerous challenges, he has worked hard to overcome them and achieve his goals. He has always had a good mindset, which has helped him come as far as he has at such a young age. In the future, Alex hopes to keep expanding his real estate business as well as continue pioneering his new solar power company.

“I am a millionaire now, currently 23 years old, building more companies, earning 6 figures monthly through real estate, and consulting solar and SAS (tech/software) companies. I am most excited to help others overcome poverty, bad programming and helping younger entrepreneurs achieve success at a young age!” Remarks Alex.

If you want to learn more about Alex’s amazing life story, you can check out his Youtube channel by subscribing to Alex Saenz on Youtube. In addition, you can follow him on Instagram @alexsaenz and check out his business at allinnation.com

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