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By Steven M. Bialick, Attorney,

If you're driving without a valid driver's license or endorsement, and are injured when someone negligently crashes into you, does your lack of a license prevent you from getting paid for your injuries? Probably not.

In the case of Mahowald vs.Beckrich, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided that an unlicensed driver was not prevented from getting paid for his injuries because there was no causal connection between his failure to comply with the licensing statute and the accident. In other words, the lack of a license did not cause the accident.

Obviously, it's never a good idea to drive without a proper license or endorsement, but failure to have a license doesn't mean you can't get paid if another driver injures you.

Please note that the law regarding this issue might vary from state to state.

Steven M. Bialick has been in the private practice of law since 1980.  He practices in the areas of accident and personal injury law.  This article is intended to provide general information only, and is not legal advice or a legal opinion on any certain facts or circumstances.  Readers are encouraged to consult with an attorney on any specific legal questions or matters.

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