Not much difference in Europe or here in Japan, the point is only about insurance cover and much much higher financial demands than in China.
I remember the death of Princess Diana. One of the first people, who stopped his car was a medical doctor going home from hospital after work - he took a look inside the car and was calling the police using his mobile phone.
As a 'Thank you' he received later on a lawsuit for 'inadequate first aid' filed by Egypt friends and the father of this Dodi Fayed, who also died with her in the accident. A French court requected this millions of dollar claim.
After the crash, the ambulance arrived, there was a French doctor, Dr. Malyes (ph), who treated her at the scene. But quite surprisingly, he never joined Princess Diana in the ambulance to go to the hospital. And one would imagine that even for the sake of continuity after treatment that he'd given that he would have done that.
I can only recommend never touch the victim of an accident if you are not fully authorized personnel, which is protected by law against malicious lawsuits.
The only difference I see between China (but also Thailand and similar countries in Asia) and Japan, is the fact, that the health insurance system and police investigation are very advanced and not corrupt.
My motorcycle insurance protects me against any claims of third party, regardless what kind of damage - it's ' unlimited', same with the office car insurance, which I use almost daily. The unlimited all-risk insurance covers me and all people inside the car against any kind of damage.
Many drivers here in Japan are clearly underinsured or unwilling to pay for full cover, especially bus- truck- and taxi-companies. Even if you are totally innocent and there is a serious accident you might fight your claims out in courts over years, with lawyer fees and hospital invoices similar to USA, with millions of dollars. In case of the all-risk unlimited cover the insurance companies will fight all that out for you.
Quite understandable for me, that many in China in case of accidents, if they are related to the accident or only by-standers, do the best to disappear and claim they have seen nothing and done nothing wrong.
Uncle Gweilo, on 26 October 2011 - 12:05 AM, said:
Here's another article on the incident in The Guardian:
I think this article is more or less BS - and the follow up comments by religious do-gooders etc. also.
Let us see - What will happen in Japan, USA or UK in case of such an accident? Good question...
I think, the driver will stop. Why should he not stop? (except if his own car or he himself is not OK, like drunk driving, stolen car etc.) This accident is not his fault. I would stop in such a case here in Japan. I know financially I will be secure, whatever will happen legally seen.
As a fact it was this child entering the road was causing the accident, and not the driver. The driver cannot be blamed as there is no signal there and no pedestrian crossing. This is a road and not a sidewalk.
In case of insurance claims, what could be the next step? The driver/insurance company might file a lawsuit against the mother in return, as she is the responsible person to take care of this child. What she did is contributory negligence for sure.
The child is dead, so the article does not blame her. However as a fact you cannot overlook that she was negligent.