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Revoking driver's licenses does not always prevent car accidents


There are a number of reasons why a person in North Carolina may be penalized with a suspension or revocation of their driver's license. One is if the person is convicted of drunk driving. Another includes certain moving violations, including driving well above the posted speed limit or driving recklessly. Finally, a person could be penalized with a suspension or revocation of their driver's license if they do not pay a court fine or do not attend a court hearing when they are supposed to.

However, these penalties do not always stop people from driving, which can lead to car accidents. North Carolina court records show that 131,000 individuals last yearwere caught operating a motor vehicle even though their driver's license had been revoked. In fact, approximately 30,000 of those individuals were caught operating a motor vehicle two or more times despite having their driver's license revoked.

A number ofserious accidents were caused by those who were driving after having their driver's license revoked occurred in the state. For example, a 23-year-old man lost his life in October 2016 in an auto accident caused by a motorist who ran a red light. The motorist was operating a motor vehicle despite having his driver's license revoked. In August 2016 three individuals lost their life in an accident caused by a drunk driver who was operating a motor vehicle despite having their driver's license revoked. In another incident, the driver of a school bus and a pupil were injured when an automobile being operated by a motorist with a revoked driver's license rear-ended the bus. Finally, in another incident a woman was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger was forced off the interstate by a motorist with a revoked driver's license.

As this shows, motorists who operate their vehicles despite having their driver's license revoked post a significant threat to other motorists on the road. A blatant disregard for the safety of others can lead to a car collision that can cause significant injuries or even fatalities. Those who have been injured in a car crash caused by someone with a revoked driver's license may want to determine if they are able to pursue a lawsuit, in order to hold that driver accountable.

Source: WRAL.com, "NC law does little to keep drivers with revoked licenses off road, investigation shows," May 8, 2017

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