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Believe it or not, whether or not you had a valid driver's license when an accident occurred, which was caused by someone else's negligence, in no way precludes your liability claim. You may be given a ticket for your infraction, but again, that does not prevent you from pursuing the claim against the adverse party. Essentially, the fact that you were unlicensed is not a contributing factor in causing the accident.Case Study
A couple of years ago I represented two minors were on a motorized scooter, which did have a license tag (and wasn't even meant to be ridden on the public roadway), and was not registered, when they were struck by a negligent driver. Their injuries were very serious. The fact that the older operator of the motor schooter was unlicensed, and was in fact not old enough to even obtain a license in the first place, could not considered by the adverse carrier, who ended up paying over six figures on each of the claims. Interestingly, the police report, which blamed the operator of the car, indicated that the minors were not charged with any crime. There are many other cases that personal injury lawyer Roger Gelb, of Gelb & Gelb, P.C. has handled which illustrate the same point, i.e., that whether or the injured party was licensed, is irrelevant to the success of the injury claim. Mr. Gelb wants readers to be sure to note that even if the unlicensed driver were given a ticket, that driver likely still has a viable injury claim against a negligent party.