When you drive without a license in Nevada, you can face serious consequences. This is particularly true if you decided to drive with a license that was revoked or suspended. This is because driving a vehicle when you have not yet been issued a license is different from driving when your license has been revoked or suspended. The former can result in fines and fees, while the latter can result in even larger fines and possibly jail time. What if you are hurt in an accident while driving without a license? Below is information on whether you can still file a personal injury claim and pursue monetary compensation for harm suffered.
Right to Compensation?
If you experience significant injuries in a Nevada car accident as the result of the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation by pursuing a personal injury claim. This is because your right to a claim is not dependent upon whether you had a driver’s license at the time of the crash. Rather, there are several factors that play into your right to monetary damages.
- Who is at fault? One important issue to be addressed is who caused the car accident. The other driver could have been distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or in violation of traffic rules such as driving through stop signs, speeding, ignoring traffic signals, or failing to yield to name a few. If you are found to be at fault of the accident, including failing to abide by traffic rules or driving recklessly, you may not have a basis for a personal injury claim. If you share fault for the accident, you may be partially liable and your monetary compensation may be reduced.
- How severe are the injuries? To figure out the compensation to which you are entitled for harm suffered, the extent of your injuries and how they affect your expenses and loss of income as a result of the accident are important. In addition to the extent of your injuries and cost of medical care, lost wages as well as pain and suffering are also considered.
- Consequences for no license? If you are found to be driving without a license, you will face negative consequences — generally a monetary fine. The law enforcement officer who arrives at the scene of the accident will determine whether he or she will issue a fine for the crash. Even if you are found to be driving without a license, that issue alone will not reduce what you are entitled to in a personal injury claim.
If you suffered serious harm in a Nevada car accident — regardless of whether or not you drove without a license — you should protect yourself and your loved ones by reporting the accident, not accepting or admitting fault, seeking medical attention, and getting a valid driver’s license right away.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Las Vegas, contact the attorneys at H&P Law today. Our skilled personal injury attorneys can guide you through the legal process and pursue the maximum compensation available to you under applicable law. Contact our Henderson of Las Vegas office today to speak with one of our attorneys.