posted in Car Accidents on May 17, 2022
In November 2021, Ely Campos-Granados sped down Russell Road in Las Vegas. She had been drinking. Extremely high doses of methamphetamine and amphetamine surged through the 29-year-old’s system. Her pulse pounded. She flew into the future, traveling 70 mph in a 45-mph zone. Her car veered over the double-yellow centerline, into oncoming traffic.
Sara Scow-Fanell (52) was traveling in the opposite direction when Campos-Granados’ swerved into her path. Scow-Fanell sustained several injuries, eventually dying from blunt force trauma.
Las Vegas Metro police arrested Campos-Granados, charging her with DUI resulting in death, speeding 21 mph over the speed limit, and failing to drive properly on a divided road. Blood tests found the amount of methamphetamine in her system was seven times above the intoxicated limit.
Campos-Granados did not have a driver’s license at the time of the accident, and court records revealed she had a pending 2018 warrant for driving without a license.
The story of Campos-Granados is one story involving an unlicensed driver among a multitude of stories with different drivers in varying circumstances, resulting in endless possibilities of outcomes. According to a recent study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA), unlicensed drivers make up approximately 3% of all drivers on U.S. roads.
An estimated seven million people drive without licenses. Some of these individuals have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked because of driving violations. But there are many other groups comprising this moving mass of the unlicensed, including:
In the AAA’s findings, a correlation between unlicensed drivers, drunk driving, and hit-and-run accidents. A considerable portion of unlicensed drivers are involved in fatal crashes. The study shows:
A report conducted by The Nevada Traffic Safety Department reported that in 2019 more than 200 teenagers were pulled over and found to be driving without a license. Most of these stops were made within school zones and areas with school crosswalks.
As the number of unlicensed drivers rises, the number of fatalities from car crashes increase.
To make matters worse, most of these unlicensed drivers are uninsured. Accidents involving unlicensed and uninsured drivers often lead to an entangled mess of financial and legal challenges.
Because unlicensed drivers often flee the scene of an accident, locating who to hold liable can get complicated, and just because an unlicensed driver gets into a car crash, it does not mean they are at fault for the collision.
Determining fault is not typically that simple. Liability is usually found by an investigation answering the following questions:
If an unlicensed driver is found to be liable, the next mess to untangle is trying to recover damages. There are usually a few scenarios, including:
The best reaction after an accident with an unlicensed driver is action. Knowing how to act will help in the inevitable investigation of the accident that is on its way. If an accident with an unlicensed driver occurs, here is a brief action plan:
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