There is a difference between driving without a license physically on you versus driving without having a valid license. Driving without a license physically in your possession can result in a citation and a fine. However, if you can present a digital photograph or other proof of a valid license, the court may dismiss the ticket. Driving without a valid license is more serious.
In Louisiana, unlicensed drivers can be charged with a misdemeanor, facing up to six months in jail and a fine for the offense. The exact amount of the fine will depend on the type of vehicle driven at the time and whether a bodily injury, death, or other secondary offense occurred. If an unlicensed driver caused your collision, you could also hold them accountable for your damages. Our firm can guide you through the process.
A Driver’s License Is a Legal Requirement in Louisiana
Per RS 32:402, motorists must have a valid license before driving a vehicle “on any public street, road, or highway of this state.” You must both:
- Have a license that is in good legal standing
- Be able to present the physical license to law enforcement or have a digital alternative
Failing to fulfill these requirements may result in the penalties mentioned above. Meanwhile, additional penalties may be brought in civil court if an unlicensed driver causes a collision that results in injuries or fatalities.
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What Happens When an Unlicensed Driver Strikes You?
The legal process for an accident with an unlicensed driver may be unique. An unlicensed driver is also, almost certainly, an uninsured driver. For this reason, you may need to sue for compensation. Our team can handle your lawsuit.
An unlicensed driver may be negligent
Driving without a license can be its own form of negligence. Per the American Bar Association (ABA), a negligent person is one that acts unreasonably, causing others harm. An unlicensed driver may be negligent because:
- They are committing an illegal act.
- They do not have the proper knowledge to operate a motor vehicle.
- Their lack of insurance puts others at financial risk.
The liable party may be negligent for causing your accident as well. Negligent acts behind the wheel generally include:
- Driving a dangerous vehicle
- Ignoring traffic signals
Several other acts can also qualify as negligence. When our firm represents you, we will pinpoint why the person who caused your accident is liable.
What if the At-Fault Driver Did Not Have Their License on Them?
We will advise you if the person who struck you had a license but did not have it on them when they hit you. Our team will:
- Confirm the at-fault driver has a valid license
- Confirm that they have insurance
- Determine if their insurance will cover your losses
- Advise you about how to seek compensation from them
There is a difference between driving without a valid license and driving without a physical license. We can explain how this difference applies in your compensation case.
What Coverage Can You Receive From an Unlicensed Driver?
You may receive similar coverage from a licensed or unlicensed driver. A lawsuit generally provides the greatest range of coverage.
You may receive damages for the following.
Pain and suffering
The loss category of pain and suffering may account for:
- Mental anguish
- Injury-related pain
- Loss of quality of life
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Counseling for trauma
This category of losses is “non-economic,” which means the cost is not straightforward. However, our firm understands how to calculate these sorts of losses and will do so for you.
Lost Income, Productivity, and Earning Power
Your professional losses may include lost income, lost productivity, and lost earning power, which generally translates to lost money. We will account for any of your professional losses, including:
- Past losses
- Present losses
- Future losses
We can also seek coverage for a permanent disability if you suffer from one. A disability may bar you from earning an income for the rest of your life. As such, it may entitle you to coverage for lost wages until you reach retirement age.
Medical care can help you recover from a car accident and prevent further injury. It is an essential expense if you suffer an injury. Your recoverable medical costs may include:
- Medical costs
- In-home and in-vehicle medical equipment
- Doctor’s visits
You may have additional healthcare costs, as well. Our team will seek compensation to cover all your medical expenses.
Accident victims may generally need either:
- Vehicle repairs
- An entirely new vehicle
The liable parties may cover these costs.
Why Hire Our Firm for Your Case?
Hiring our firm costs you nothing out of your own pocket. As your legal representatives, our team handles your case at no upfront cost, and we do not get paid unless you win.
We will handle your entire case. Our team hires experts, investigates, negotiates, and does everything else to complete your lawsuit or claim. We want you to focus on your health and let us handle the legal portion of your accident.
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