After a Hollywood car accident, it’s important to make sure your medical costs and car repairs are covered. So what happens when the other driver has no license and you have no way to confirm their identity? While driving without a legal license is illegal in Florida, it happens more often than you might think.
If the other driver in your car crash is driving without a license, you will encounter additional barriers when you try to file an insurance claim. That’s why it’s important to contact a Hollywood car accident claims lawyer soon after your crash. You can do so by reaching out to Flaxman Law Group to set up a free consultation. Let’s discuss ways you may be able to protect your right to financial recovery.
Unlicensed Drivers and Hollywood Car Collisions
Drivers without a valid license in Florida can face criminal charges. If they’re in an accident, they can also be held liable for injuries and damages they cause.
The problem is that the victims of these accidents are often the correctly licensed drivers who are injured in the car accident. If you’re in a car crash with someone who is driving without a license, you are more likely to be in a hit and run. The other driver, not wanting to be caught, can simply leave the scene.
Even if the other driver stops to offer aid, without a license they also don’t have valid insurance. If they don’t have any license, they likely never were able to take out insurance. If they’re driving with an expired or suspended license, their insurance will not cover the crash because driving without a valid license will violate the terms of the insurance policy.
In this situation, talk to a Hollywood car accident claims attorney. Depending on your situation, you may be able to get insurance coverage from your own insurer if you have underinsured and uninsured driver coverage. You may also be able to file a claim against the other driver, though you may want to work with a lawyer to determine if the other driver has adequate assets to cover your losses.
What To Do in a Car Crash With an Unlicensed Driver
Here’s what you will want to do if you’re in a crash and the other driver can’t produce insurance information:
- Take care of medical needs first. Call 911 if anyone is seriously injured at the scene. Plan to get a full medical evaluation if you don’t appear to be seriously injured.
- Call police. If the other driver is underage or has no insurance documentation, call police. They have committed a crime and police will want to remove the driver from the streets.
- Gather information and documentation. Take photos of the car, license plate number, and get any contact information you can from the driver and from possible witnesses.
- Contact a Hollywood car accident attorney. An attorney can establish the other driver was unlicensed, can determine whether there are assets you can pursue for your losses, and can negotiate with your insurance company. Most of all, an attorney will explore any possible options you may have to pursue fair financial recovery.
Being in any Hollywood car accident is stressful, but it can be more distressing to find out that the other driver doesn’t have insurance and you may not get the financial recovery you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. You don’t deserve to have to pay out of pocket for your injuries because another driver did something illegal, so get the facts about your rights. Call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a Hollywood car accident claims attorney. Our law firm is family-based, with a father-son attorney team, and we have recovered over $100 million for our clients. Our offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood serve our clients with compassion and care every day.