Were you the victim of a car accident and did not have your driver’s license? If you did not have your license at the time of the accident, or if you simply do not have a driver’s license, it may be confusing figuring out what your options are, especially if you were injured in the wreck. So, what are your options? If you were hurt in an accident, getting medical treatment is the most important task at hand. However, is it possible to get medical treatment even though you did not have a license on you at the time of the accident? Is it possible for the other driver’s insurance to cover for your accident-related expenses?
As this article will show, not having a driver’s license will not prohibit you from hiring a personal injury attorney and getting treated from your injuries. It is important to note this applies to people that were the victims of car accidents, whether they were the driver or passenger of the vehicle that was hit. Here we’ll take a look at why you still have options you can pursue, as well as which steps you can take to ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your case.
Not Carrying a License Does Not Make You At-Fault
One of the things that our clients are surprised to find out is that if they were injured in a car accident and they did not have their driver’s license, they can still pursue a personal injury claim. If you were injured because of the negligence of someone else, you still have options.
You Left Your Driver’s License at Home
If you have a driver’s license but forgot it or left it at home and you were hit by another driver, you can make a personal injury claim. The fact that you are a licensed driver but did not have the license on you when you were driving does not make you a criminal; after all, mistakes happen to everyone. Furthermore, police can simply look up your driver’s license information through their computers and verify the validity of your license.
You Don’t Have a Driver’s License
If you were hit by another driver and do not have a driver’s license, you can still make a personal injury claim. The fact that you don’t have a driver’s license does not make you at-fault or negligent for the wreck. Remember, the accident was not caused by you; it was caused by someone else. It is the responsibility of the driver that hit your vehicle (more specifically, their insurance company), to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and any other accident-related expense.
It is important to note that there is the possibility that the injured driver can get a citation for not carrying a driver’s license. However, the citation does not interfere in any way in the ability to pursue a personal injury claim. Moving forward, did you notice anything in both scenarios? If you missed it, it’s the fact that whether or not you were driving with a driver’s license, you can still pursue a personal injury claim.
I Was Injured in a Wreck and Wasn’t Carrying a Driver’s License. What Steps Should I Take?
If you were injured in a car accident and weren’t carrying a driver’s license, hopefully by now you know that hope is not lost and you can file a personal injury claim. Here are three important steps you can take to make sure you get the maximum compensation for your claim.
Step #1: Get Your Injuries Treated
Making sure you get your injuries looked at is important for two reasons. First and foremost, your health is important. If you have any pain in any part of your body, even if you suspect that something may be a bit off, it is important you get to a hospital or clinic. The second reason is that insurance companies see when a person receives medical treatment. If there is a gap between the date the accident took place and the date the injured person sought medical treatment, insurance companies can argue that the injury was not as bad as the person is making it seem to be. Also, going to a doctor establishes a paper trail that will be essential in the claims process.
Step #2: Contact the Anderson Law Firm
After you have gotten your injuries checked, you should contact the attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm. Our legal team takes complete control of your personal injury claim, which means you only have to worry about one thing: recovering. Additionally, because we work with a medical network of doctors, hospitals, clinics, chiropractic centers, and so on, we make sure our clients get the medical care they need - even if they do not have insurance. This is all done through the letters of protection that we give to medical providers ensuring that they will get their bills paid once your case is settled. In other words, you don’t pay a penny up front to get medical treatment.
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Step #3: Get Your Driver’s License
If you did not have a driver’s license at the time of the accident, a good suggestion would be to apply for one. This is due to the fact that insurance companies would want to use the fact that you didn’t have a driver’s license against you. Nevertheless, our legal team will fight hard to win your case, so don’t let not having a license make you think that you do not have a case.
At the Anderson Law Firm, we make sure your personal injury case is handled with the care it deserves. You don’t become “just another client” in our firm. We walk with you through the entire process and take care of the entire case for you. This includes gathering medical records, dealing with the insurance company, and if the insurance company wants to give us a lower settlement offer, we make sure we fight hard to get your case the settlement it deserves.