Earlier this month, a driver involved in a hit-and-run bicycle accident that seriously injured a cyclist was tracked down by police and arrested. As it turns out, the driver had four previous DUI convictions on his driving record and was driving on a suspended license. Just last month, another driver was charged with his third DUI for injuring two people and killing a third in a horrible pedestrian accident. This driver also had a suspended driver’s license. Just a week before this, a driver was charged with child endangerment after smoking marijuana and crashing her car on I-65 with four young children. This driver was driving on a revoked license.
Apparently, drivers with suspended licenses are causing serious injuries and endangering others on the road.
What Happens When You are Hit by a Driver with a Suspended License?
Driving is a privilege. However, many drivers willfully operate a vehicle without a valid or on a suspended driver’s license, often revoked for either reckless driving or impaired driving. Doing so unnecessarily endangers everyone else on the road. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, unlicensed drivers cause approximately 20 percent of all vehicle accidents. Roughly 18 percent of all fatal car accidents involve drivers without a license.
If you are involved in a car accident involving an unlicensed driver or a driver with a suspended license, it is possible to hold the car owner responsible for any injuries you sustain. After the crash, take the following steps:
- Contact the authorities
- Take down the unlicensed drivers personal information
- Take down the car owner’s information
- Collect information from any witnesses.
- Seek any medical treatment you may require
- Immediately contact a car accident attorney to help you file a personal injury claim.
An attorney can help you seek damages that can help cover medical costs, lost wages and any emotional trauma you’ve sustained.
The Law Office of Stanley A. Davis is a Nashville personal injury law firm that fights for those injured in car accidents.
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