In the state of Ohio, you must possess a current and valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle on any public road. If you are not abiding by this law, you will likely receive a citation after a motorcycle accident.
However, your citation for driving with a suspended license will not affect the liability of the accident. The person who caused the accident is the liable party, regardless of the status of your driver’s license.
Note: Some insurance policies contain exclusions that say the policy will not cover drivers with no license or who have a suspended license.
Are You Liable for All Damages If You Drove With a Suspended License?
Even if you have faced consequences that resulted from not having a current and valid driver’s license, that does not excuse the other driver(s) from their share of financial responsibility for the accident.
In situations like these, the insurance company might try to deny your claim for driving your motorcycle without a driver’s license. Getting the experienced personal injury lawyers at Bressman Law on your side is the best way to make sure you get the settlement you deserve after a motorcycle accident.
Are Motorcycle Accidents Different From Car Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents tend to come with much higher medical bills as injuries are typically more severe and medical problems are ongoing.
Getting medical coverage after a motorcycle accident is imperative to your short-term and long-term prognosis. There is no reason you should have to pay out of your own pocket when someone else caused a wreck while you were on your motorcycle. Your injuries need to be addressed and the responsible party should cover the bill, regardless of your driver’s license status.
What Should I Do After Being in a Motorcycle Accident Without a Driver’s License?
While at the scene, you should collect all information from the other driver, including their insurance information, and provide a detailed report to the responding law enforcement officer. Those are the two most important things at the scene since you cannot go back and change what you said after leaving the scene.
Collecting evidence for a motorcycle accident claim is important both at the scene and after the fact. Any piece of information you collect will help us build a stronger case for you. Take your own notes right after the accident while the details are still fresh on your mind.
Note the direction both vehicles were traveling, the time of day, the weather, anything obstructing visibility, and if the other driver was clearly distracted or on a cell phone. The more you remember about your accident, the better. Once you hire Bressman Law to represent your claim, we will use this information, as well as other reports and information we gather during our own investigation to ensure liability is clear.
How Can Bressman Law Help After a Motorcycle Accident with a Suspended License?
Motorcycle drivers already face an unfair stigma on the road as being reckless and traffic lawbreakers, and not having a current driver’s license makes that stigma that much worse. After you have been injured and your property is damaged in a motorcycle accident, the party at fault is responsible for the bills, no matter what.
The personal injury lawyers at Bressman Law will make sure that the details of your suspended driver’s license are not used against you to deny your claim. We will start our investigation to build your case and prove that the responsible party is still liable for the accident.
Call Bressman Law at 877-538-1116 for a free case evaluation today and we will give you an honest and fair assessment of your case and what you can expect when we get to work for you.