What if I Was Hit by Someone Without a Driver’s License in California? 7 Points of Advice Following an Accident
A California driver’s license gives drivers permission to travel via a motor vehicle.
A driver’s license is a form of identification that includes information such as:
- Date of birth
- Physical description
Your driver’s license will also have a unique number, known as your driver’s license number.
According to the Federal Highway administration, there are 27.2 million licensed drivers in California as of 2019. With a population of 39,185,605, that leaves over 10 million potentially unlicensed drivers.
In California, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle without a proper license.
There are some blatantly obvious reasons why some residents don’t have a driver’s license (a one-day old baby, for example).
However, some people may willingly get behind the wheel without a driver’s license. For example:
- Teenagers who have yet to get their driver’s license
- Teenagers with only a permit who decide to drive without a licensed driver in the vehicle (illegal)
- Elderly drivers who have had their license revoked or restricted
- Drivers who have had their license suspended
A driver’s license may be suspended for a number of reasons, including:
- Driving under the influence
- Driving without insurance
- Underage drivers with alcohol in their vehicle
- Not paying a traffic ticket
- Not paying child support
It’s not rare for someone driving without a license to not have insurance as well.
Furthermore, there is a difference between driving without a license and driving unlicensed. Drivers without a license may actually be licensed, but they simply left their actual document at home.
An unlicensed driver is one who does not have a license at all, making it illegal for them to operate a vehicle under California law.
Also, getting into an accident with someone who doesn’t have a license does not mean they are automatically at fault. A licensed driver who hits an unlicensed driver can still be found negligent after a car accident.
There are many different types of car accidents that can result in different injuries. Some of the most frequent car accidents are:
Head-on Collision – when two cars collide at the front-end of each vehicle. These are very common when drunk drivers veer onto the wrong side of the road.
T-bone – when another car smashes into the side of another vehicle.
Rear-End Collision – when one automobile hits the rear end of another car – common at stop signs and red lights.
Sideswipe – when two cars traveling in the same direction collide, resulting in one vehicle scraping the other.
If you get into a car accident with an unlicensed driver:
- Call 911 immediately, regardless of whether or not you believe you were injured
- Collect as much information about the other vehicle or vehicles involved in the crash, including license plate number, year, make, model, and color.
- Get any other drivers contact information. If they don’t have a driver’s license, document it! Be sure it’s included in a police report.
- It’s not rare for unlicensed drivers to try to dodge the scene. They may also offer cash or other compensation. Don’t accept! You have the right to deny anything they propose.
- Take photos and videos of the accident scene. This could be additional evidence for a claim.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you feel OK, you could have injuries like damaged vital organs or internal bleeding.
- Reach out to a Los Angeles car accident lawyer who can assist with a unique crash like getting hit by someone without a driver’s license.
Getting hit by an unlicensed driver can create another level of frustration for victims. It’s different from an accident between two insured drivers.
The LA lawyers at C&B Law Group are devoted to your justice. Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys have decades of combined experience helping victims like you recover compensation.
Injuries that can occur from a car accident can be unbearable, and often include:
- Neck Pain or Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Back Pain or Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Internal Bleeding or Other Organ Damage
- Scarring or Disfigurement
- Head Injuries
- Wrongful Death
If you were injured in an accident caused by someone without a driver’s license, contact our Los Angeles car accident attorneys today.
We will work within our legal power to bring you the justice you deserve.
Reach out to us today for a free consultation.