What happens if the driver who hit me didn’t have a license?
Data from the American Automobile Association’s Foundation for Public safety shows that about 20 % of fatal car crashes in the US are caused by unlicensed drivers. Thousands of people are also injured in car accidents caused by unlicensed drivers. Simply put, an unlicensed driver, is someone who is not authorized to drive any type of vehicle. Unlicensed drivers include those who have suspended licenses, expired licenses, were denied licenses, or have not yet reached the legal age to drive a car.
This article looks into what exactly happens if you are hit by such driver and what course of action you should take.
First, you should definitely call a car accident law firm.
A good car accident law firm like ours will have skilled and experienced lawyers who will know what to do in such situations.
THEN WHAT HAPPENS
- The car accident law firm will likely send someone to the scene of the accident. Upon gathering enough information, the firm will seek maximum compensation on your behalf for injuries or damages caused by the accident.Note that the fact that the driver is unlicensed will not affect your claim. If it is established that the driver was negligent then he or she MUST compensate you for all damages resulting from the accident.
- Upon notifying the law firm, their lawyer or representative will gather information including the driver’s insurance info, his or her contact details, and the police report (which normally has all the important data you need including the driver at fault).
- If the car that the unlicensed driver was using is insured, then their insurance company is liable for your damages and injuries. If he or she doesn’t have insurance, then your law firm will most probably contact your insurance firm to get them to compensate you.
It is important to remember that in the case of an accident, most insurance companies (even that which you are insured with) will be looking to pay the minimum amount possible for damages and if possible not to pay anything at all. It is only by contacting a good attorney that you will be able to get the most out of such situations.
Now that you know what happens if you are hit by an unlicensed driver, you should know that every accident is unique. Here are some of the most important factors you should know in case you are involved in an accident with an unlicensed driver, or if you operate a motor vehicle without a license.
- The unlicensed driver is not automatically liable: Liability in a car accident is determined by looking at who was negligent or was not acting as dictated by the traffic laws.
- It is an offense to drive without a license: You could be jailed or given hefty fines.
- You could be sending the car owner to jail: If you cause an accident while driving without a license, it can be considered as negligent entrustment and the owner will be liable to a fine or jail term.
In conclusion, even if the driver is unlicensed, he or she (likely their car insurance company) will have to compensate you for the damages insured. You do not need to worry about a thing. What you need to do is to call a good car accident law firm and they will fight to make you whole.
You should also remember that in case of an accident the unlicensed driver will not be considered automatically liable. That will be established in a court of law. So, whatever you do, drive carefully, observe traffic rules, and in case of an accident, call us and we will help you out!
Last Updated: 03-24-2017