Driver must pay crash victim NT$15.62 million

The China Post news staff

The Taipei District Court yesterday ruled to have an offending driver in a traffic accident pay a compensation of up to NT$15.62 million to the victim who has become a paralyzed in the accident that happened three years ago. The court said that the offending driver, surnamed Tsai, should pay the compensation to the victim, surnamed Chiu, who was then a junior at the department of public sanitation of the Fu Jen Catholic University.

The traffic accident dated back to a morning in August 2007, when Chiu, riding a motorcycle, was seriously hit by Tsai’s car running around the traffic circle on the Jen Ai Road. Although Chiu was rushed to a nearby hospital, he finally became paralyzed due to serious brain damage.

Chiu’s family members filed a civil suit against Tsai, demanding compensation of up to NT$40 million.

But the district court finally ruled to have Tsai make a compensation payment of NT$15.62 million after weighing the responsibilities Tsai and Chiu should assume for the traffic tragedy. The court said Tsai was to blame for failing to give way to Chiu’s motorbike that was running directly forward, and Chiu should also be blamed for driving his motorbike at an extremely high speed.