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    Quote Originally Posted by Mundi View Post
    I ended up in the same situation late last year in Nakhonsawan. 19 year old uni kid ended up with his hip smashed and right leg broken in two places. No lawyers but both parties had advocates who did the negotiations. They wanted 200,000 baht, we offered 20,000 and stuck to our guns. In the end the advocates agreed to the 20K, and convinced the boys family to accept the deal. I went to pay the next day and the boy's father tried to renege and wanted the 200,000. His advocate was furious with him for embarrassing her, took him aside, made him sign the agreement and kindly thanked us for the 20,000.

    The police were very helpful throughout and really only wanted both parties to reach an agreement without going to court, though they did emphasise to my wife how serious the situation could have been.
    But were you at fault, in your opinion?

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    Don't have to be at fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    Don't have to be at fault.
    No, I know I just wanted his opinion.

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    Why didn't the OP's "friend" call the insurance company when the accident happened. They would have sent somebody with his interests in mind, and also capable of "monkey speak"?

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    Actually from the description of the accident, the pickup driver should be seeking recompence from the motorbike rider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel
    Why didn't the OP's "friend" call the insurance company when the accident happened.
    Bingo! We have a winner. May be to late but call them now anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Why didn't the OP's "friend" call the insurance company when the accident happened. They would have sent somebody with his interests in mind, and also capable of "monkey speak"?
    The truck is ancient. All he had on it was the government insurance.

    Whether that was his only option, I don't know. You won't get 1st class insurance on an old beater like that but I would have thought some supplementary liability coverage would be available.

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    Yes I do believe that I would be considered at fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mundi View Post
    Yes I do believe that I would be considered at fault.
    Thanks for sharing your experience. Do you know what your insurance paid in addition to that?

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    Sorry for the delay in replying.
    They paid the hospital bills only.
    The family took him straight to a private hospital with expectations that there would be a farang coverage.
    We did have first class insurance which helped. My wife and the advocates warned them not to exploit the situation. Strange thing was the step-father was a bank manager who should have known better.
    In your friends situation, I would suggest a few pointers;
    Notify the embassy. They won't much help for me but it provided a degree of comfort.
    If this happened in his home town, then let as many people know as possible; it is amazing how quickly the rumour network works in a town.
    Treat the police with respect. They have a job to do. Next time you are in the local police station, look at the customers they deal with on a daily basis.
    Above all else, trust his partner.

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