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Increase in Trucking Accidents Due to Language Barriers

Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, truck drivers must understand
the English language.

Language barriers present significant risks in trucking collisions. Consider the
importance of the challenges presented just by reading road signs.

The rules governing truck drivers, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations,
specifically state that operators of commercial vehicles must be able to read and
communicate in English. Those rules specifically require operators be able to:

“Read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse
with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals
in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and to make
entries on reports and records.”

See FMCSR 391.11(b)(2)

We have handled serious injury cases caused by truck drivers who could not
adequately complete the employment application on their own because of language
barriers. These barriers present significant risks to the motoring public, and must be
considered in the context of any trucking collision.

If you or a family member is injured in a truck accident, we would be happy to speak with you and thoroughly investigate the case.

Michael O'Donnell

Author: Michael O’Donnell

Attorney

O’Donnell Law Offices
267 Wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA 18704

E-Mail: michael@odonnell-law.com
Phone: (570) 821-5717
Fax: (570) 821-5799

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