What to Do after Getting Into a Fatal Auto Accident With an Unlicensed Driver
Posted May 4th, 2016 by Anthony Carbone, PC.
Categories: Auto Accidents.
Here’s a scary statistic for you: One out of every 10 fatal auto accidents that had occurred between 2010 and 2013 in New Jersey involved an unlicensed driver. Frightening thought, huh? According to recent data, there were 2,177 fatal accidents within a four-year span and of those accidents, 231 of the drivers involved were driving without a license.
These numbers are unfortunately not new. According to a 2008 report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one if every five fatal car crashes in the United States each year involved a driver who either doesn’t have a valid driver’s license or doesn’t have a license at all. It’s statistics like this that make you almost want to stay off the road!
So what happens if you get into a fatal auto accident with an unlicensed driver? For instance, you’re driving your sick mother to the doctor’s office when you get into a serious accident at an intersection. Your mother is instantly killed and you are seriously injured. You learn later that the other driver had a suspended license at the time of the accident and shouldn’t have been driving. What can you do?
Chances are, that unlicensed driver will have some criminal charges stacked against him/her. But not only can you sue the driver for personal injury, but you also have a wrongful death case on your hands. Under New Jersey’s wrongful death law, your family members have the right to financial compensation for:
- Loss of family income
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Any other damages caused by the accident
If you were involved in a fatal auto accident with an unlicensed driver, you’re going to need legal help right away. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone now for a free consultation.