The California Vehicle Code allows you to go after the registered owner of the car (for up to $5,000 in property damages).
You can pursue the registered owner of the vehicle for damages. To determine if the owner had insurance, you should file an SR-1 Report of Accident with the DMV and then follow up in about 30 days with an SR-19 request for insurance information on the vehicle. If you were injured, you should retain an attorney to do all of this for you.
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First I suggest you get uninsured motorist coverage on your own vehicle, in case this happens again. That does not help you know however. You did not mention if the other driver had auto insurance but I am assuming they do not since they had no driver's license and expired registration. You will have to sue the at fault driver directly since there is no insurance to collect from. You would sue for both your property damage and your injuries. If less than $10,000 total it can be done in small claims court. If it's over $10,000 you will have to go to superior court and most likely will need an attorney. Weather you can get an attorney will depend upon the assets the at fault party has and whether it is worth pursuing. Perhaps a letter from an attorney to the at fault party to pay you a certain amount (ie. settle) would do the trick? Good luck.
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For automobile accidents, the issues surrounding insured/uninsured, licensed/unlicensed, fault/not at fault, and such are quite complicated, and if there are physical injuries involved, there can be quite a sum of money at stake but there may be medical liens to contend with. Fortunately, a good personal injury attorney will identify all of these issues and address each one. One of the goals of the attorney will be to identify sources of recovery - that means locate the pockets... these pockets may be in the coat of the driver, the owner, the insurance company, an employer of the driver, etc. Since personal injury attorney generally offer free consultations, there is nothing to fear when calling us.
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