Non-Citizen Rights in a Car Accident

daughter on fathers shoulders holding an American flagNo matter what country you were born in, you have rights in the United States if you have been in a motor vehicle accident. Your current legal status, when it comes to seeking compensation for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, does not affect whether you can file a personal injury claim or not. Whether you hold a green card or you are undocumented, you have the same right as every American to file a personal injury lawsuit without the fear of deportation.

If you are a noncitizen, or a nondocumented worker, state laws and regulations do not allow discrimination against you when you seek compensation for injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Permanent residents are treated the same as citizens. You can file a personal injury claim and obtain a state issued driver’s license. If you are a non-permanent resident, you may not be entitled to a state driver’s license. Even without a license you can still file a personal injury claim if you were injured in an accident and it was not your fault.

It is very important to know and spread the word that even those who are undocumented and have no driver’s license can file an insurance claim for personal injury. If you’ve been injured in an accident and it was not your fault, we can help. Any automobile occupant who sustains injuries in a car accident has the right to bring a claim for compensation for the injuries they received, regardless of their current legal status. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call LifeLaw for help. We are your Salt Lake law firm, here to guide and assist you every step of the way.

 

Utah Code, Insurance Code:
https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title31A/Chapter22/31A-22-S309.html

Utah is one of 12 states that has a no-fault insurance system for auto accidents:
https://www.iii.org/article/background-on-no-fault-auto-insurance