Drivers and victims had better be careful about compounding an accident.
Settling on the spot could lead to legal problems such as being charged with failing to report to the police or careless driving.
A recent online clip shows a little child was hit by a taxi near the Central ferry piers, Headline Daily reported Wednesday.
The taxi driver said he did not mean to do it but the child ran across the road by himself.
After talking to the child’s family, the cabby drove off. The family also left with the child.
Some netizens blamed the accident on the child’s parents but others said the driver was to blame.
But the driver could get into trouble for not reporting the accident to the police, said a lawyer.
Failing to report a road accident to the police is disadvantageous for both the driver and the victim, Law Siu-hung, president of the International Professional Insurance Consulting Association, was quoted as saying.
This is because insurance companies may refuse to settle any claim on the ground that the driver and victim had settled handled the matter on their own.
A doctor, meanwhile, said those injured in accidents should not ignore the impact to their body as there might be potential risk of internal bleeding that could be not obviously seen.
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