Indiana will suspend a driver’s license for a variety of reasons. For example, a motorist might have accumulated too many points for traffic violations, or a driver could have lost his license because of a DUI arrest or conviction. Whatever the reason for the suspension, motorists should not get behind the wheel of a car until the state reinstates their privileges.
However, people drive on a suspended license all the time in our state, and some of these people get into crashes that end up costing thousands of dollars. If you’ve been involved in a crash, you need to carefully analyze the circumstances to check whether you can receive compensation.
You Can Receive Compensation in Certain Situations
The law in Indiana is that any motorist who is at fault for a collision must pay compensation to those they injure. So if you were waiting patiently at an intersection and a truck rear-ends you, then the truck driver or trucking company should pay compensation for damage to your vehicle and any other economic losses you have suffered. Indiana is a “fault” state when it comes to car accidents, and these are the rules.
This general rule applies even if you were driving on a suspended license. If the other driver was negligent and caused the crash, you can still receive compensation even if you should not have been on the road. This is only fair, since the purpose of Indiana’s laws is to make negligent people bear the costs of their own carelessness. You should not have to pay for your own medical bills or car repairs, nor should you have to suffer lost wages.
Situations Where You Can’t Receive Compensation
In some cases, you might not qualify for compensation, but that has nothing to do with driving on a suspended license. Specifically, Indiana’s contributory fault rules (IC 34-51-2-6) prohibit an injured victim from receiving compensation if he or she was more responsible for the crash than all other drivers involved.
Imagine that Martha speeds through an intersection on a red light and is struck by a driver making a legal left-hand turn. In this example, Martha might be 100% to blame for the crash even though she was hit. As a result, she probably cannot receive compensation because her own negligence is solely to blame for her injuries. It really doesn’t matter that Martha was driving on a suspended license; instead, she does not receive compensation because she was careless.
Meet with an attorney to review the facts of your case. You will have a better idea of whether you can sue or seek a settlement if you meet with a lawyer.
Our Car Accident Attorneys in Fort Wayne Represent Those Injured in Car Accidents
Driving on a suspended license is more than a crime. There are important questions about whether a victim can receive compensation for their injuries.
Contact our office today. We can handle the civil side of any car accident, including negotiating with an insurer for fair compensation. To get started, schedule a free consultation with one of our Fort Wayne car accident lawyers in Indiana today.