Did you know that about 20 percent of all fatal car accidents in Spartanburg and elsewhere involve someone who is an improperly licensed driver? That’s what the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is saying in one of its latest reports, “Unlicensed To Kill.”
Our Spartanburg car accident lawyers understand there are tons of drivers traveling our roadways with a license that has been suspended, revoked, canceled, denied or simply with no license at all. Throughout the duration of the AAA study, from 1990 to 2009, fatal car accidents involving these illegal drivers took the lives of more than 21,000 people.
The study’s results concluded the trend of dangerous and illegal drivers was increasing from 1990 to 2009. In studies of more recent years, researchers believe that this trend has stopped and has possibly even started to reverse. Still, researchers need to collect more recent data.
Of these fatal car accidents, improperly licensed drivers were most commonly between the ages 21 and 34. These drivers accounted for about half of all invalidly licensed drivers in fatal car accidents during this time.
Another 50 percent of fatal accidents that involved an improperly licensed driver were alcohol-related, meaning the driver without proper licensing had alcohol in their system. Of these, about 43 percent were legally drunk with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher.
Excluding the drivers who were killed in these types of accidents, about a third of them fled the scene of the accident. Of the third who fled the scene, it’s estimated more than 51 percent of them were improperly licensed. It’s obvious why these drivers flee the scene. If they’re busted behind the wheel without a license, they’re in big trouble. Instead they’re going to let you take the fault for the accident and deal with the consequences on your own. That’s why you need legal representation in these types of accidents.
In the U.S. from 2007 to 2009, there were more than 151,800 drivers who were involved in deadly traffic accidents. Out of these drivers, studies conclude that about 130,360 had a valid driver’s licensed. Nearly 1,500 drivers had a driver’s license that had been either denied or canceled, about 6,705 drivers who were completely unlicensed, more than 9,390 were driving with a revoked or a suspended driver’s license and the license status of more than 3,885 was unknown or unidentified.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident with an improperly licensed driver, chances are that the unlicensed driver didn’t have the proper car insurance either. Without the proper car insurance, it’s unlikely that damages are covered. This is where you need help. If you’ve been involved in one of these accidents, it is vital for you to contact an experienced attorney to help you to fight for the compensation that you deserve as an accident victim.
If you, a friend of yours or family member has been seriously injured or killed in an accident with an unlicensed driver in North or South Carolina, contact the injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. We offer free consultations to victims and their families so call 1-800-887-1965 to make an appointment today.
More Blog Entries:
7-year-old Still in Critical Condition after Rollover Car Accident in Salisbury, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers, January 24, 2012
Officers: January Car Accidents in South Carolina Alarming, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers, January 22, 2012