Girardi | Keese

Unlicensed Drivers Three Times More Likely to Cause a Fatal Crash

The results of a recent California study of unlicensed drivers are sure to prove controversial in the debate about undocumented immigrants. Unlicensed drivers, many of whom are undocumented immigrants, are apparently three times more likely to cause a fatal accident than all licensed drivers.

This statistic suggests that allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses could cut back on California's high rate of deadly car accidents. It could be the case that the relatively simple requirements for receiving a driver's license really do equip people to safely operate cars. If so, the controversial question becomes which is more important for California: safer roads or a tough immigration stance.

Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes told the LA Times, "No matter who is behind the wheel, they need to be prepared and understand the rules of the road. That's a significant issue when you live in a city that has a culture driven by cars." Critics argue that allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses would reward illegal immigration and set a bad precedent.

Unlicensed drivers are not only more likely to cause fatal accidents. Many unlicensed drivers flee the scene of car crashes because they also lack auto insurance. This leaves injured victims in the difficult position of trying to cover many medical bills while hoping that authorities will be able to locate the responsible driver.

In cases like this, a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can help develop an effective strategy to recover the compensation to which these victims are entitled.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "DMV study bolsters driver's license push for illegal immigrants," Ben Poston, Jan. 15, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

DISCLAIMER: Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result. Any testimonials and endorsements at this site do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter or potential legal matter.


The Soto Verdict

Girardi | Keese attorneys have won a $2.3M verdict for a Long Beach resident run over by a Parks & Rec truck. Read more here.

The Madero Verdict

Attorney Christopher T. Aumais persuaded a San Bernardino County jury to deliver an  exceptionally high verdict in an area known for low jury awards.

A Champion of Justice

Partner Amy Fisch Solomon was a Champion of Justice in 2015, proving that success in law isn't just about the size of your verdict or settlement.

Own a VW Diesel?

Read about VW's emissions scandal and 
our class action against the automaker.


Learn About Our Referral Network Read More

Our Attorneys

Meet our award-winning team Read More


The true measure of a lawyer isn’t the awards, but what the awards say about the lawyer: dedication and commitment to the client.

Super Lawyers Distinguished AV | Lexis Nexis | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability American Association For Justice Consumer Attorneys Association Of Los Angeles Consumer Attorneys California Supreme Court Icon 7 Icon Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms 2014 | U.S. News American Board of Trial Advocates Law Dragon America's Top 100 Attorneys | Lifetime Achievement Martindale-Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer Review Rated For Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2017