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Will Your License Be Suspended After a Fatal Accident?

Whether your license will be suspended after a fatal accident will depend on several factors. When involved in a car crash, your first duty under the law is to stop your vehicle. You must make sure that everyone involved in the collision is not hurt. If someone is injured, you must call an ambulance. In addition to that, you must be able to offer your name, address, and vehicle registration when asked. You also need to present your driver’s license to others. 

If there were any injuries or damages to the property during the crash, you are required to report these. In the event that someone dies in the crash, you must report the death. You will need to report the accident to the County Sheriff’s Office, the Highway Patrol, or the local police department. 

If your vehicle is blocking traffic and you cannot move it out of the way, you need to call a tow truck, and you are required to appear in court. 

Failing to perform any of the previously mentioned actions will not result in a suspension of your driver’s license. Instead, your license will be revoked. A license suspension means that it has been withdrawn for a predetermined amount of time. A revocation means that your driving privileges have been terminated. 

Reasons for Suspension

Your driver’s license may be suspended for the following reasons: 

  • Failure to pay your fines
  • Failure to appear in court when ordered
  • Failure to go to driver improvement school
  • Failure to clear a citation issued to you in another state 
  • Failure to pay court-related financial obligations

Reasons for Revocation

Your driver’s license will be revoked under the following circumstances:

  • You are convicted of operating your vehicle while under the influence of a substance or alcohol
  • You are convicted of a felony in which you used your vehicle 
  • You failed to stop at the scene of a crash in which someone was injured or died
  • You were stopped at least three times for reckless driving
  • You performed an immoral act in which you used your vehicle 
  • You are convicted of a felony or possession of drugs

If someone dies in a collision after you were accused of reckless driving, your driver’s license will be revoked for a minimum of three years.

Having Your Driver’s License Reinstated

If your driver’s license has been suspended, you may be able to have your driving privileges returned after the suspension period is over. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you may need to pay fines, attend traffic school, take an alcohol or drug course, complete community service, serve a jail sentence, or complete your probationary period. 

After you have done everything, you must visit the correct DMV license office, but find out if you need to take any documentation before you go. After you arrive, you will be able to begin the process of having your license reinstated. 

You may be able to obtain a hardship license. To do so requires that you enroll in the Aggressive Driver Improvement course. Then, you will receive the Free Enrollment Verification Letter that allows you to apply for the hardship license. 

If your license has been revoked, the only thing that you may be able to do is to apply for a new license. Doing this will require that you pay a $75 fee for a revoked license along with the cost of the new license. Be aware that an extra $130 fine will be applied if you refused to have your blood or breath tested after you were stopped. An extra $180 may be charged if your license was revoked because of a fraudulent insurance claim. 

If you need an attorney to assist you after an accident, contact us at The Law Place

This article is a collaboration with a freelance writer and follows The Haitian Times publishing guidelines

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Feb. 01, 2021

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