Can I Still File a Claim if My Georgia Driver’s License is Expired?
If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, one of your first steps should be to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s liability insurance. With an attorney’s help, you should be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
However, things may get more complicated if you were driving with an expired license when the accident occurred. The insurance company may try to use this against you to claim you are partially at fault.
Our experienced auto accident attorneys in Savannah are prepared to help you through the process of filing a claim to help maximize your compensation, even when the insurance company tries to deny your claim.
Can the Insurance Company Deny My Claim?
While every car accident case is different, there is one thing that is constant: the insurance company is going to do everything in its power to pay out the least possible amount of compensation. They may deny liability, claiming you are partially to blame because your license was expired.
It is important to remember that driving with an expired license, while unlawful, is not something that causes a driver to suddenly forget how to drive, especially if you were hit by another driver.
The insurance company cannot deny a claim simply because the injury victim’s license was expired, but the insurance company will bet on you not knowing this. Therefore, it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side who is prepared to fight back against the insurance company when they try to come up with reasons why claim your expired license invalidates your claim for compensation.
Even if you are found partially at fault for the crash, Georgia law allows injury victims to recover a reduced amount of compensation under its modified comparative negligence laws.
What Are the Penalties for Driving with an Expired License?
In Georgia, if you are caught driving with an expired driver’s license, it is a criminal offense that is more serious than an infraction. This may lead to serious consequences, including hefty fines or even jail time in some counties.
Renewing Your License
If your license was expired, be sure to renew it as soon as possible. You want to avoid driving without your license and getting caught a second time, as you could face more severe penalties.
Once you renew your license, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable attorney who may be able to help you through the rest of the process, as the insurance company may try to deny your claim due to your expired license.
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should strongly consider speaking to one of our licensed attorneys who may be able to help you take on the insurance company, even if your driver’s license was expired at the time of the crash.
We offer a free consultation to determine the facts of your claim and see how we may be able to help you maximize your compensation.
Since 2013, our attorneys have worked hard on behalf of injury victims in Savannah and have successfully recovered millions on their behalf. We are prepared to help do the same for you.
There are no upfront fees or charges while we work on your claim, so there is no risk to you.