A new study conducted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles has found that unlicensed drivers in the state are the most dangerous on the road. The research found that those driving without a license are almost three times more likely than licensed drivers to cause a fatal auto accident, as reported by The Huffington Post.
The DMV report used crash information from 1987 through 2009 and found that those without a license were more likely to be found at-fault in a fatal crash. Additionally, the largest portion of unlicensed drivers in fatal accidents was between 20 and 29 years old. In total, there are an estimated 2 million unlicensed drivers in California, while there are approximately 24 million licensed drivers.
While the study stirred debate concerning licenses for illegal immigrants, there was also a great amount of danger found in association with drivers who still drive despite having their license suspended or revoked. Since unlicensed drivers do not have formal training or any tests to prove that they can drive safely, many of these drivers may not have proper driving skills. Additionally, many of these drivers can be difficult to find should they be involved in a hit-and-run crash.
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Beverly Hills, CA auto accident victim lawyersare dedicated to protecting the rights of victims and aiding them in their path to recovery. Should you be injured by an unlicensed or uninsured driver, you still have the ability to find full compensation covering your losses. To learn more about how we can help you recover from your crash, call 213-514-8332.