Driving in your own country is in itself very serious business, something which many people unfortunately take for granted. That little card called your licence is a legal document which could save you from really messing up your life should you get involved in a car accident, acting as a record of your fitness to operate a motor vehicle to protect you and other motorists from the law as well, among other things.
So if as you can imagine it’s a logistical, administrative and legal nightmare getting involved in a car accident in your own country, you can only imagine how it must be if that happens to you while you’re abroad.
Okay, so perhaps just how different it would be to what would transpire in your country depends on which country you’re from and which country you’re driving in. For the most part the laws created and enforced around motor vehicle accidents are formulated following the application of some common sense, but you might be shocked as to your liability in some countries. I guess for the law makers in those countries their laws follow their own version of what common sense is.
In some Asian countries (even some of those with advanced economies) for example, if someone rams into you from behind, you’re the one to blame, legally. I know – I was also like “What sense does that make?” when I heard that for the first time, something which naturally just made me resolve not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle in any of those countries. Sure, I understand in some rare instances it could very well be your fault, but that shouldn’t be built into the legal framework I don’t think!
In a situation such as that I would assume logic dictates that it’s probably the fault of the person who rammed into you if the principles of defensive driving are applied.
Anyway, it’s not for any of us to scrutinise the road rules and subsequent legal liability of those countries we visit. Our responsibility is simply to adhere to those laws and procedures, some of which are seemingly non-existent to say the least. For instance, you’ll be shocked if you’re used to the organisation of London’s roads or the organised chaos of New York’s roads and you find yourself on the roads of a place like India or even Egypt. I heard a story which I don’t find too hard to believe about how in Cairo sometimes vehicles bump into each other and then if nobody was injured they just carry on, each on their own paths!
In other places like in a specific part of the United States you would need a local Utah car accident lawyer to handle your case, especially if there is some sort of injury either to yourself or the other party with which you were involved in the collision.
So I guess it’s basically a case of when in Rome, do as the Romans do, but it’s up to you to find out just exactly what it is which the Romans do in Rome.
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