The vast majority of car crashes occur between two individuals who have driver’s licenses
. In some cases, however, one of the drivers does not have a valid license
on his person. If you are involved in a crash with a driver who is operating a vehicle without a license, it could be a troublesome situation to get the compensation you deserve from a lawsuit
. The reason is simple: often, those without licenses also do not have insurance, and as a result, there is no agency from which you can obtain coverage for various expenses
. It is recommended that you come to a qualified firm to get the help you need if you have been involved in a crash with an individual who has no driver’s license. Our team of experienced lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group in Los Angeles can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages
. We will handle your lawsuit for you so you don’t have to worry about any of the legal headaches that may pop up.
What happens if you get in an accident without a license?
What Drivers Have No License?
There are various kinds of drivers who do not have licenses. It is illegal to operate a car without a valid driver’s license, and it is also illegal to commercially drive if you lack a license as well. Some people may lie about the validity of their licenses while others have suspended licenses that can be obtained again after a certain amount of time. Some of the reasons there are unlicensed drivers include:
- Teenagers: Although you can have a fully operational and unrestricted license at 18, there are numerous teenagers who may drive vehicles without any license whatsoever. They may take family member’s cars out to learn how to drive, or they may drive vehicles of friends. This is especially dangerous if the teenager has not had any training in how to safely and adequately operate an automobile.
- Individuals who relied on public transportation: Some people simply never got a license or tested for one because they always took the train or the bus everywhere. However, they may need to get behind the wheel for an emergency or to learn how to drive, only to get in an accident.
- Individuals with a history of reckless driving, careless driving, or DUIs: It is not uncommon for repeat offenders who have broken driving laws to have their licenses suspended. When this happens, many choose to still drive without any valid documents. They reason that they still need to get to work and still have responsibilities, but the risk of driving without a license can increase the punishment if they are caught.
- Elderly drivers who failed tests: There are specific tests that can be administered to elderly drivers by the California Motor Vehicle Department. Some elderly drivers may have their licenses revoked because of these tests. However, in an effort to retain their independence, or perhaps out of pride, they continue to drive even without a license.
- Careless adults who did not renew their licenses: Some adults simply do not pay attention to the expiration dates on their licenses. In the eyes of the law, though, an expired license is equal to no license at all.
- Foreign individuals or illegal immigrants: People who are in the country illegally may not get a license, and they are usually lacking in other documents as well. They may not have insurance, either. However, some insurance companies provide such individuals with insurance as a way of making money – the only requirement is the possession of a valid driver’s license in another country.
If you were involved in a crash with anyone who has no license, you should still record as much contact information as possible to take legal action. It is also imperative that you contact a skilled accident lawyer in Los Angeles for more help.
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Insurance Of Unlicensed Drivers
Although it is fairly common for people without licenses to also not have insurance coverage, in California, you can have auto insurance without possessing a valid driver’s license. This will cover the vehicle and can also have liability coverage as well. There are a few reasons for this, but one of the key ones is to make sure that anyone using the vehicle is covered. However, there are times when the car was borrowed without permission or when someone let an unlicensed driver operate the car without knowledge of the circumstances.
In these instances, you will need to communicate with the insurance provider for the person who owns the car or the person who was operating the vehicle. You can also speak with an attorney to see if some party were additionally at fault for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle.
If you are involved in a crash with a driver who does not have insurance in addition to not having a license, you may be able to receive compensation by inquiring into your own auto insurance policy. Your provider generally offers underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage; this would allow you to have the necessary damages taken care of, but it will be more problematic given the fact that the accident was not your fault.
Procedure After A Car Crash
A car accident
can be frightening and it can make you lose focus of what to do. You should follow these steps to ensure that you will have enough evidence to file a claim and to receive compensation.
Firstly, you should contact paramedics to get treated for any injuries
you suffered in the crash. Even if you feel that you were not badly hurt, you should still get medical help. The professionals will identify any troubles with you, even those that may not immediately appear. You should not wait too long to get medical treatment.
Next, you should take pictures of your injuries
, the scene of the crash, the damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle
, and more. The more evidence you have in picture (and even in video) form, the more credence your claim will have
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When you record the information of the responsible driver, you will not be able to take down a driver’s license number
if the individual has no license on him. If, however, the license is merely suspended or expired, you can record that number. You should also get his name, insurance information (if any), and contact details.
If the police came to the scene, you should ask them for a copy of the police report
. It may take a few days for this to be processed, and you may have to request it again from the headquarters.
Any eyewitnesses who saw the accident happen
or any passengers in the vehicles can give you their testimonies and statements.
Lastly, you should reach out to a skilled attorney
who can handle a lawsuit with a driver who was unlicensed at the time of the crash. You may find it very difficult to negotiate a fair deal from the insurance agency, especially if you are pursuing uninsured motorist coverage from your own policy.
What Can I Earn In A Car Accident Claim
By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you will be in pursuit of various types of compensation for your damages stemming from a car crash. These damages can cover different expenses that racked up as a result of the incident. You could be compensated for the following:
- Medical bills from the past and future
- Property damage
- Lost wages from the past and future
- Pain and suffering damages
- Wrongful death expenses
- Punitive damages
It is important that you speak with an experienced attorney who can fight for the fairest deal possible. You may not be able to negotiate extensive punitive damages or know the first place to start. If you have not had any experience in law or with lawsuits, it is in your best interest to defer to a qualified lawyer who can handle your claim for you.
Why Choose DTLA Law Group
The Downtown LA Law Group
has a team of professional lawyers who can help you with your case. We are one of the top-rated firms in the city and our decades of combined experience have allowed us to recover millions of dollars for our clients. We will stop at nothing to win you the damages you deserve. If we have to take your case to court, our aggressive lawyers will fight for your rights in front of a judge and jury.
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For help starting your lawsuit against an unlicensed driver, contact our firm for a free legal consultation. You’re invited to ask any questions you want to help you understand the legal process better, and we will tell you how much we believe we can win for your case.
If you hire us to represent you, we’ll also give you our zero fee guarantee on your lawsuit. This states that you will not have to spend any out of pocket expenses for our services – we will pay for all legal fees ourselves and will only be reimbursed if we win your case. We’ll take a portion of the settlement from the insurance agency. If we lose, you owe us nothing at all.
Get started on your unlicensed driver lawsuit today by calling an expert attorney at (855) 339-8879
:Downtown LA Law Group.