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Jan 2013

Study Shows That Unlicensed Drivers Lead to More Fatal Car Accidents

A new study finds that unlicensed drivers in California are nearly three times more likely to cause a deadly crash than drivers who have their licenses.

The report by the state Department of Motor Vehicles found that unlicensed drivers were 2.73 times more likely to be in a deadly accident. Drivers with suspended or revoked licenses were 2.6 times as likely to be in a fatal accident.

Our Orange County personal injury lawyers know that a wrongful death or personal injury case can be complex, even when the negligent driver had a valid license. When the negligent driver does not have a license, the case can become even more complicated. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to speak to an experienced car accident attorney in California after a serious accident. At the Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton, we have seen first-hand the devastating impact of car accidents. We fight aggressively to protect the rights of our clients who are facing difficult circumstances. Contact us for a free consulation.

The DMV report examined 23 years of data. Researchers found that the number of fatal crashes involving drivers without valid licenses increased by 17 percent nationally from 1998 to 2007. During that same span in California, those types of crashes increased by 49 percent.

“The study results provide strong evidence that S/R (suspended, revoked) and unlicensed drivers are much more hazardous on the road than are validly licensed drivers. Compared to licensed drivers, those who drive without a valid license are nearly three times likely to cause a fatal crash,” researchers state in the report.

The unlicensed driver who causes a fatal crash also likely is not carrying any insurance. If you are injured or a loved one is injured or killed by an uninsured motorist, you may still be entitled to compensation. Your own policy may include uninsured motorist coverage.

An unlicensed driver who lacks any insurance may try to flee the scene. Even if the police never locate the driver who was responsible for the accident, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensation. Victims of hit-and-run accidents may be able to get compensation through their uninsured motorist coverage on their own policy.

Unfortunately, insurance companies may dispute your uninsured motorist claim, even when an unlicensed driver was clearly at fault. They may try to pressure you into agreeing to an unfair settlement or accepting compensation that does not cover all of your losses.

To fully protect your rights, it’s important to have a strong attorney on your side. If you’ve been injured, or you lost a loved one, contact the Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton at (949) 757-0707, or visit 19700 Fairchild, Suite 280, Irvine, CA 92612.