How Many Car Accidents Involve Drivers with Invalid Licenses?

November 14, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has pulled together data for 2012 on driver license status in fatal car accidents. Below are some of its key findings:

  • 19 percent of fatalities involved drivers with invalid licenses.
  • 13 percent of all drivers involved in fatal accidents had invalid licenses.
  • Motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were most likely to have invalid licenses.
  • Crashes during the night were more likely to involve drivers with invalid licenses.
  • Operators of large trucks or buses were least likely to have invalid licenses.
  • Male drivers were more likely to have invalid licenses than females.
  • Drivers between the ages of 21 to 34 had the highest proportion of invalid licenses.

Why Do People Drive with Invalid Licenses?

There are many reasons why a driver may not have a valid license. Unfortunately, the NHTSA admits that its data does not offer a reason for why a driver had an invalid license at the time of a fatal accident.  Although it does not have specific reasons, there are some possible explanations:

  • A driver neglected to renew his or her license on time;
  • The driver had a suspended or revoked license (the license could have been suspended due to driving and/or non-driving violations);
  • The driver never obtained a license;
  • The driver did not obtain a license or endorsement for the type of vehicle involved in the fatal crash.

Sadly, the NHTSA says that some of these invalid driver license holders have a history of bad driving, which is why they have an invalid license in the first place.

If you lost a loved one in a wreck that was caused by a driver with an invalid license, talk to an experienced attorney regarding your case by calling 1 (800) 336-6000.

Did You Know? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 13 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes were driving with an invalid license.


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