In the last several years, there has been a surge in the number of accident cases in Florida involving drivers driving without licenses and insurance. In response, the state has been cracking down on unlicensed drivers. If you are found infringing on Florida Statute 322.03 by driving without a license, drivers should expect to receive strict penalties in consequence for their actions.
As well as the punishments served by state law enforcement for drivers driving without a license, if you are responsible for an accident and do not hold a valid license, you are open to liability in terms of a personal injury lawsuit.
In cases where the driver at fault in an accident does not currently hold a valid driver’s license, the blame does not merely rest with the driver, either. Both the owner and the driver (If different people) are legally obligated to pay compensation for any damages they have caused to you and your property.
If you have been involved in a car accident in the state of Florida, you will want to contact a reputable personal injury lawyer. Here at The Law Place, we concentrate on dealing with traffic offenses and personal injury cases. With over 75 years of combined experience, we treat every single case with the same importance as the last, allowing us to seek the best possible outcome for our clients.
Our team has extensive knowledge of state laws, and are extremely committed to seeking justice and compensation for those who have been wronged.
Nobody deserves to be out of pocket through no fault of their own. Contact us today on 941-444-4444.
What Steps Should I Take If the Driver Who Hit Me Doesn’t Have a Valid Florida Driving License?
If you are in the unfortunate position where an unlicensed driver has caused damages to you or your property, here is what you should do.
At the Scene
In the case of any type of traffic or vehicle accident, you must secure as much information about the other driver as possible.
The first thing you need to do in any car accident is to make sure that everyone involved is as safe as you can make them. If there are injuries, you should call for an ambulance immediately, do not move the injured parties. Florida Statute 316.062 also states that you should call the police to the scene of an accident if there are any injuries or substantial property damage.
If the car accident resulted in no injuries, make sure both you and the other party move to a safe location, move to the side of the road. Car accidents often make people act out of character, and this can be due to shock or anger. Remember, every single year, and there are several fatalities across the state as a result of secondary accidents.
In all car accident scenarios, here are the things you should make a record of at the earliest instance:
- The driver’s number plate registration and description of the car and driver.
- Details of the crash. (A quick sketch of the collision labeling the cars included as “A” and “B,” as well as the directions the vehicles were traveling and a brief map of your location, will give you a much stronger chance of successful compensation if the case ends up in court).
- If the police have been called, ensure you obtain a copy of the police report. Police reports often help insurance companies place the correct blame in argued cases. They are also extremely helpful for confirming the other driver’s details, as police reports contain detailed information that you may have missed.
If the driver has stopped and is compliant, make sure you also take down these important details.
- Car insurance company details, including their Insurance Provider, Insurance Number, and Insurance Contact information.
- Driver at faults personal details: Phone number, address, name. If possible, call the number they provide to ensure it is valid.
- Take pictures of both cars, the damages, and any injuries to either driver or passenger.
- If the person has admitted to driving without a license, you are obligated to inform the police.
What to Do After the Accident?
It is really important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible after an accident involving a driver without a license. Driving a car without a license is a serious crime, and you may be entitled to claiming compensation for property damage, as well as compensation for damages to your person.
In order to seek the highest level of compensation available to you, it is vital for any person involved in a car accident that wasn’t their fault to record their damages as a result of the accident.
In accordance with Florida Statute, 627.7407, Florida is a no-fault state. This means that any driver or passenger involved in an accident with a driver who does not hold a license will have to file a claim under their own personal injury protection cover. This will ensure you can seek compensation for financial losses and medical bills.
Our attorneys will make this process a lot easier for you. Once you get in touch and agree to representation, you will be entitled to our advice and guidance. We will tell you exactly what you can claim for and what you need to do in order to do so.
Contact The Law Place
If you have been involved in a car accident with a driver who doesn’t hold a driver’s license and you are unsure what to do next, please get in touch with an attorney immediately. In cases involving an unlicensed driver, it is especially important to act fast in order to seek the compensation you deserve. Our phone lines are always open, and we can offer a free consultation so that you can make an informed decision.
Contact The Law Place today on 941-444-4444.