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    Default Need help understanding the aftermath of an accident

    I was just at local market getting ready to leave when an accident between a Dominican woman in a Jeep Cherokee and a motoconcho with a female passenger. I didn't witness the accident but noticed it from inside the market right after it happened.

    As I observed, the driver was still attempting to park the car in front of the market, the female passenger was on the ground bleeding and obviously in pain. She appeared to have a head injury. What is strange is that the driver of the car was attempting to squeeze her car into a small spot in front of the market right next to the bleeding girl on the ground. I don't know why she didn't just leave the car where it was and tend to the accident victim. She got the car parked, got out and entered the market, ignoring the victim and the bystanders. Almost immediately there seemed to form 2 groups. Those supporting the driver of the Jeep and those tending to the girl on the ground. A man stood in the doorway of the market exchanging words with the driver. She was yelling quite loudly and then started making a phone call.

    She seemed to have no regard for the girl lying bleeding on the ground. I found this very odd. And it seems a little weird that the bystanders sort of formed 2 groups.... this kind of Us vs. Them thing.

    Why would the driver remove herself from the situation so rapidly and show such callousness toward the injured girl on the ground? Regardless of who was at fault, I would think if it were me I would have immediately jumped out and tended to the girl on the ground.

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    I am surprised she didn't just drive away, which is what most people would have done. The reason for that is, that if you tend to the victim you automatically show responsiblity and you will be the target of 1) the mob of motoconcho drivers that will come to the rescue of their friend 2) lawyers who will want to sue the 'rich' car owner on behalf of the poor motococho driver 3) any hospital bills that the motoconcho driver incurrs especially if you drive the victim to the hospital.

    Whether the accident was the fault of the motoconcho or not, will not have any influence on the outcome of any of the above 3, which almost always, will always end up the responsbility of the person who had the car. If its a foreigner, then the amount times 5.

    Avoiding responsibity is a major culture trait here. Nobody admits they were at fault or did something wrong.

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    What Conchman said....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conchman View Post
    I am surprised she didn't just drive away, which is what most people would have done. The reason for that is, that if you tend to the victim you automatically show responsiblity and you will be the target of 1) the mob of motoconcho drivers that will come to the rescue of their friend 2) lawyers who will want to sue the 'rich' car owner on behalf of the poor motococho driver 3) any hospital bills that the motoconcho driver incurrs especially if you drive the victim to the hospital.

    Whether the accident was the fault of the motoconcho or not, will not have any influence on the outcome of any of the above 3, which almost always, will always end up the responsbility of the person who had the car. If its a foreigner, then the amount times 5.

    Avoiding responsibity is a major culture trait here. Nobody admits they were at fault or did something wrong.
    So true. That lady was probably on the phone with a brother/sister/father/uncle who happens to be a Major/Coronel/General of the police/military.

    We really need to end this in DR, and start holding people responsible for their actions regardless of who they know. But as my parent's say, this corruption is what we inherited from Trujillo.

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    What a sad state of affairs.

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    This responsibility has to start from the top and work its way down. How are the citizens supposed to act responsible when the government itself has no regard for its law...Case in point.... http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/loc...iate-motorists

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    Ditto .... Conch and Robert.
    Driving is THE most dangerous thing foreigners do here IMO,
    as we do it daily.
    Used to drive faster....I've slowed it down.
    Saves gas too. Buy full insurance, no cheapy, cheapy on that
    one.

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    You saw nothing. You know nothing.

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    i second conchamn. the first rule is NOT TO STOP. even if your victim is cut is half. or maybe especially then. you drive directly to the police. on the way call your family, friends and a lawyer. DO NOT STOP.

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    A few years ago, I shipped my car to the DR, so I used to drive everywhere. We were in PP one aft..(late) maybe 4:30..5:00 PM....main streets were very crowded, lot's of motos, cars etc. I was heading in the direction toward Costambar, Cofresi.

    I pulled over to park to buy something...the passenger sitting directly behind me...(I was on the drivers side, his door was on the street side) opened the back door without looking behind him, and BAM!!!...........a motoconcho hit the door, and he went flying. I was like HOLY S--T!!!!!

    Within seconds, a crowd started to form....he was bleeding, but he got up and was walking around dazed. I went over to him and apologized, and tried to comfort him...I looked at the CHAOS that was developing...I'm like....we are F----D!!!.... reached in my pocket and gave him....like $3700.00 Pesos, and stuffed it in his hand...apologized again...told my friends to GET IN THE CAR NOW!!! and got the F--K atta there....

    I still remember him saying gracias...(with blood running down his face, and him limping) after I gave him money, and patting me on the back like he had just won the lottery. Really weird.

    But that could've gotten REAL UGLY....REAL QUICK.....
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