While many of us take it for granted, the ability to drive is a privilege. In order to obtain a driver’s license in South Carolina or other states, you must meet certain conditions. However, you can have your driving privileges suspended for a variety of reasons, but this often fails to keep people off the roads. Car accidents involving drivers with suspended licenses are unfortunately common. The following highlights how these individuals endanger others on the road and what to do if you are involved in this type of crash.
School Bus Accident In Aiken Involving Driver With Suspended License
A recent school bus accident in Aiken put the safety of 17 local children in jeopardy. According to a February 26, 2020 news report by the Aiken Standard, the bus was taking the children to school just before 7:00 a.m. on East Pine Log Road when the accident happened. As the bus driver was slowing for a bus stop at Shadow Woods Drive, he was struck from behind by another motorist in a white Jeep Cherokee. Fortunately, the children and the bus driver suffered only minor injuries. The at-fault driver, a 22-year-old local man, was charged with following too closely and driving on a suspended license.
Unfortunately, drivers with suspended licenses are common in our area and endanger all others on the road. Common reasons for a driver to have their license suspended include:
Too many points on their license due to traffic infractions
Being charged or convicted for driving under the influence (DUI)
Having a prior conviction and failing to pay registration fees
As a penalty for not paying child support
Holding Unlicensed Drivers Accountable For Car Accidents
According to statistics from the American Automobile Association (AAA), unlicensed drivers and those with suspended licenses are responsible for nearly 20 percent of car accidents that occur each year. Unfortunately, their lack of a license means they also lack insurance, making it more challenging to hold them accountable.
In any type of situation where a driver is not properly licensed, it is important to do the following:
Notify law enforcement immediately
Get their driver’s license plate number and a description of the vehicle
Get the contact information for any witnesses
Take photos of the accident scene, damage to your vehicle, and your injuries if possible
These steps can help to protect your rights when seeking compensation for injuries. Uninsured drivers can be held accountable through Aiken County Court. Your own insurance policy may help defray some of your costs while you pursue legal actions.
Compensation you may be entitled to includes coverage of your medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses, as well as additional amounts for your pain and suffering. Once a judgment is in place, wage garnishment, bank account seizures, and property liens can be used to ensure they pay.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
At the Surasky Law Firm, LLC, we hold unlicensed drivers accountable for the injuries you suffer. To get our team on your side, contact our Aiken car accident attorney to request a consultation today.