If I was at-fault for a vehicle accident for which I received a traffic citation but the other driver had a suspended license and no insurance, am I still legally obligated to pay for damages?

There was minor damage to both vehicles.

Asked on March 24, 2015 under Accident Law, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes...if you are at-fault in causing damage to another vehicle, you are liable (or financially responsible for) the damage you cause, even if the other driver had a suspended license and no insurance. Liability is based on your wrongful behavior, not the status of the other party. (He/she is potentially subject to some criminal penalties, which may at least provide some justice in that regard.)

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