Can My License Be Suspended After an Accident?

Authored by:

Attorney William Green from Delfino Green & Green Law


William Green
Mr. Green has made a career of championing the rights of the most vulnerable members of society against the most powerful corporations, government entities, and insurance companies. Where most attorneys take on “a case,” Mr. Green takes on clients and their cause.

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Delfino Green & Green
For over 30 years, the highly skilled and experienced attorneys at Delfino Green & Green have been protecting the rights of individuals throughout California. We work hard to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions that caused injuries, insurance companies responsible for their promises to pay disability benefits, and employers accountable for their commitment to protecting their employees in the workplace.


When a teenager first gets their driver’s license, the freedom of being able to go anywhere at any time is at the forefront of the mind. It’s not often that they have to consider what would happen if they ever got into a car accident. And it’s even more unlikely that they would acknowledge that their license could ever be suspended or taken away as a result of this event. Each state has certain thresholds for suspending licenses following an accident. While many of them require severe circumstances, California can suspend a license in several different instances.

How Is It Decided?

Depending on the severity of the accident, your license can be suspended for any length of time, from 30 days to indefinitely. Most often, it will come down to one of three factors:
  • Property damage totaling $750 or greater
  • Bodily injury
  • Death
In each of these circumstances, you are required to report the accident, and it will be up to the California Department of Motor Vehicles to determine the length of the suspension.

Can My License Be Suspended for Other Reasons?

Aside from car accidents, other instances that may result in losing your license include:
  • Driving without insurance
  • Failure to report an accident
  • Driving under the influence, refusing a drug or alcohol test, or underage drinking
  • Excessive driving record points
In April 2019, San Francisco County overturned the practice of suspending licenses for missed court dates, clearing over 88,000 holds on licenses. The potential financial impact and connection to poverty were the determining factors in this decision.

Contact the Experienced Attorneys at Your Firm

Sometimes car accidents may be inevitable, but they can have devastating effects on your entire family should an injury occur. If you or a loved one is suffering from an injury following a car accident, contact our office today. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience defending your rights and will work with you to receive the best possible outcome. Call 415-442-4646 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation with Delfino Green & Green.
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