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Can My License Be Suspended After an Accident?

Can My License Be Suspended After an Accident?

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 San Francisco Car Accident Attorneys

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 San Francisco personal injury attorneys have over 30 years of experience defending your rights and will work with you to receive the best possible outcome.

Call (415) 466-8544 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation with Delfino Green & Green.

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