Driving in Portugal can and often is a trying experience so, staying alert and driving defensively is the best survival strategy as many drivers seem to ignore the basic safety rules making it difficult to anticipate what actions they are about to make.
You should always carry your driving licence along with the safety accessories required by law, such as reflective jacket, warning triangle, spare lamp bulb kit and Declaração Europeia de Acidente – Vehicle Accident Report Form >
What should you do if you are involved in a traffic accident?
- What determines who is at fault in a car, truck, motorcycle, or bicycle accident?
- Can you be found liable if your car is rear-ended in a crash?
- Is a car making a left turn always at fault in an accident?
- What if one of the accident victims was also at fault?
- If a motorcyclist isn’t wearing a helmet, can they still claim for injuries caused by another driver?
- If you are the victim of a trucking accident, who can you sue?
- If a bike and car collide, who is at fault for the accident?
If you are accused by the police of committing a traffic violation or involved in a road traffic accident you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Let me give you the best possible chance of keeping your licence and staying on the road.
I have listed here links to several pages answering questions commonly asked by foreigners who have settled in Portugal. It would be worth familiarising yourself with the facts: