Eugene, OR asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon

Q: Does the fact that I was driving without a license mean an at-fault drive can't be held liable to pay for my injuries?

2 Lawyer Answers
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Not exactly. There is a law that if you were driving without insurance you cannot recover what are called non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. And if you did not have a license, you may not have had insurance either.

But, even if that is the case, you can still get economic damages, such as medical bills and property damages.

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: No. The at fault driver would still be liable for your damages whether you had a license or not at the time of the accident. That is assuming you were not also at fault. But the main issues is whether or not you had auto liability insurance. If you were not covered by auto insurance your right to get damages will be limited to economic damages only which means you can get money for property that was damaged and for medical bills but you can't get money for your pain and suffering. Talk to an Attorney to figure out what your exact situation is.

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