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Auto accidents and language barriers

On Behalf of | Jul 13, 2018 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle crashes have all sorts of causes and many drivers realize that intoxication, speeding, distractions and other behaviors can significantly increase the likelihood of a wreck taking place. However, there are many other factors that cause motor vehicle wrecks, such as language barriers. There are different ways in which a person who is unable to speak or read the local language may find themselves in an accident and language barriers can be difficult for many reasons.

When someone cannot read a particular language, they may struggle to make sense of signs or be unable to follow directions. This can be challenging for people who may have moved to a new country or are driving during their vacation. Not only do some drivers potentially put themselves in danger by getting behind the wheel when they are unable to read signs on the road, they may endanger other peoples’ lives also.

Aside from language barriers, some people may not be familiar with driving in a different country even if they are fully fluent. For example, they may not be used to driving on the other side of the road or they may be unaware of certain traffic laws.

Driving in new countries (and even in different parts of the same country) can be challenging, but it is essential for drivers to make sure that they are fully capable of safely operating a vehicle. Head to the crash page on our law firm’s site for more material connected to the consequences of car crashes.