Main­land tourists awarded over NT$10 mil­lion for 2012 ac­ci­dent

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Chi­ayi Dis­trict Court on Mon­day awarded to­tal dam­ages of NT$10.59 mil­lion (US$342,000) to nine main­land tourists who had sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries in a bus ac­ci­dent in the city three years ago.

In Au­gust 2012, a tour bus crashed into an un­der­pass at the in­ter­sec­tion of Boai and Shix­ian roads in Chi­ayi City, in­jur­ing 20 main­lan­ders, nine of them se­ri­ously.

The nine main­land pas­sen­gers sub­se­quently filed a law­suit against the travel agency, the tour bus com­pany, and the Tai­wanese driver.

The driver was con­victed on charges of crim­i­nal neg­li­gence that had caused bod­ily harm and was sen­tenced to six months in prison, com­mutable to a fine. It was de­ter­mined that the bus had crashed be­cause it had en­tered the un­der­pass at a point that was too low to gain clear­ance.

In­stead of the en­ter­ing in the fast lane where the un­der­pass had a clear­ance of 4.6 me­ters, the driver took the slow lane, smash­ing the top of the 3.8-me­ter high ve­hi­cle into the un­der­pass.

The court found the char­ter bus com­pany and the driver li­able but cleared the travel agency of any re­spon­si­bil­ity since the driver was not one of its em­ploy­ees.

Based on the sever­ity of their in­juries, the nine main­land tourists were each awarded dam­ages rang­ing from NT$ 300,000 to NT$4 mil­lion. The case, how­ever, can be ap­pealed.

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