I went to a witnessed negotiation with the guy to take care of a car accident.
He thinks he’s negotiating, saying that either I pay 100,000 NT or he’ll sure me for 200,000 NT. Is this possible? He has proof of his incurred expenses as a result of the accident. The total, including medical expenses and lost pay, is around 100,000 NT.
After we determined this amount, we tried to determine the fault in the accident. He said that it was impossible that his lights were off, but then changed his story to say that his lights were only off because when I hit HIM, his hand “accidentally” brushed past the switch and turned the lights off. He also said he was wearing only a tonka-truck helmet and that’s why, although he was wearing it properly fastened, it fell off. He even had the nerve to say that I hit him, but changed his story when I asked why his scooter didn’t veer off into another direction as a result.
So now, even though he’s conceded some major responsibility for his injuries, he refuses to back down from 100,000NT. He has threatened that if I don’t pay up, he’ll sue me for 200,000 or more, to cover his “pain and suffering.”
I’m looking into getting some legal advice; it’s been really difficult to find someone locally who will have anything to do with a foreigner. In the meantime, can anyone tell me if what he’s threatening is just a bluff, or can he actually pull a number out of thin air? I know it’s possible at home but from what I gather the court system is different here.