Please forgive me for the redundant question I am about to ask, but the link to the archives is not working and I would really like to pose this question to Hartzell, esteemed colleagues, et al…
I got into an accident last night. I was traveling south on Jian Guo at He Ping when somebody attempted to make a right turn from the left turn lane. After cutting off three columns of traffic the car hit me (on my scooter) and I went flying. I hit the ground heavily and dislocated my shoulder, no doubt rupturing the ligments/rotator cuff…fun stuff. I was taken to the hospital. I may have to undergo surgery to replace the shoulder and reconnect the ligaments, and additionally wear a brace for one or two months. But it could have been worse.
The police were on the scene in no time and reports were made. I answered all their questions. I feel completely victimized, and was given the impression from the police that the other driver will be faulted. Their decsion will be mailed to me within a month.
I like to pride myself on being a reasonable person, and a compassionate person. But I feel compelled to seek compensation for this travesty. I was studying breakdancing, believe it or not, and now that dream has been indefinately postponed…if not crushed. At this moment, I must bend my body into a grotesque Quasimodo shapes just to type this email comfortably. This is only day two. There is going to be pain&suffering beyond the fact…of this I am sure.
Now here’s the question:
In Taiwan, does a foreigner stand a chance in court? If I am forced to resort to a lawsuit to seek my paltry remuneration, will I be wasting time and money? From the few posts that I read here it is apparent that in many respects foreigners do not have equal standing on the books, and I fear some judge is going to look at me and think, “He don’t need no money, he could still teach English without arms.” Am I misled?
I would greatly appreciate any guidance, advice, Do’s or Don’t that can be offered.
Thank you for reading my mail,
Drew Taylor, theOriginalGangsterMonk