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Australian man critical after hit and run in Samui, family told no license invalidates insurance

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Australian man critical after hit and run in Samui, family told no license invalidates insurance

 

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An Australian tourist is in a critical condition after being involved in a suspected hit and run on Koh Samui.

 

Benjamin French, 36, was on the island to attend a friends wedding when he was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle at around 4am on 28th March. 

 

"It appears that way. He was found at four o'clock in the morning — someone rang to call an ambulance and they turned up there was no-one there so they're finding that very suspicious," his sister Kirsty told ABC News.

 

"He is currently in a coma. He has all his ribs broken, he has punctured lungs, a broken spinal cord in four places, several brain injuries and he has already died twice," she said.

 

Benjamin’s parents are at his bedside and are working with the authorities to try and establish what happened but initial investigations are yet to yield any suspects.

 

Kirsty said the police on Samui had been “absolutely brilliant” in trying to find those responsible.

"Mum said she can't fault anyone. Everyone has been great."

 

The family also revealed that because Benjamin did not have an Australian motorcycle license his insurance company are refusing to pay out.

 

They claim the lack of a license invalidates Benjamin’s insurance policy leaving him with hefty medical bills, which currently stand at more than $20,000 per day.

 

"The hospital bills are about $20,000-plus a day because he is having to have CT scans, he's had a few brain surgeries and he is on life support," Kirsty told ABC News.

 

The family have now set up a Go Fund Me page to raise the funds needed to get Benjamin transferred to a hospital in Perth.

"Once his brain stabilises and the swelling goes down, we can get him back to Perth via Medivac but that is about $100,000," she said.

 

"In 24 hours [it has raised] $47,000. We need to reach about $300,000. There's extensive costs," she said.

 

 
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Another sad story,it looks like the young fellow is going to need a miracle to survive.....best wishes :thumbsup:

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So did the shop rent out a bike to a bloke with no bike license from any country...?

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It is long overdue for motor bike rental companies to be forced to not rent a vehicle out to any one who does not have a valid licence for the country. There are way too many accidents and way too many people thinking they are insured, then finding out that they are not, leaving someone else to foot the bill.

 

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1 minute ago, transam said:

So did the shop rent out a bike to a bloke with no bike license from any country...?

I see tourists every day that never ride before and think it's a good idea to learn on the deadliest roads in the world. 

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Yes another tragic story, seems to me he would be better of dead, but then i am no expert, and it's easy to talk when you have no connections to this unfortunate soul.

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8 minutes ago, PoorSucker said:

They must tell the insurance company that his Thai girlfriend was driving, he was just a passager. 

Insurance company is correct not paying if he was driving without a licence but must pay if he was riding in the back. 

But it doesn't say he was driving without any license? Just that he didn't have a motorcycle license. Do insurance companies refuse to pay out if you have a licence to drive a car in Australia? But then rent a motorbike?

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If he was hit by someone else, then their insurance should be paying, though to drive here without the correct license and ensuring you have valid insurance is definitely a risky and inadvisable thing to do. The roads here are shockingly dangerous even when you have a lot of experience here, which many renters simply do not have.

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18 minutes ago, PoorSucker said:

They must tell the insurance company that his Thai girlfriend was driving, he was just a passager. 

Insurance company is correct not paying if he was driving without a licence but must pay if he was riding in the back. 

Insurance companies are always right, and will do anything not to pay.

Clemency is not part of any financial intitute, including banksters and insurance artists.

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14 minutes ago, midas said:

But it doesn't say he was driving without any license? Just that he didn't have a motorcycle license. Do insurance companies refuse to pay out if you have a licence to drive a car in Australia? But then rent a motorbike?

Every insurance is void if you don't have proper licence. 

Normal travel insurance does not cover MC driving even if you have licence. 

Only covers if the bike is less than 50cc, check the fine print. 

If you intend to drive a MC in Thailand you actually need an extra insurance for that. 

Only big bikers know this. 

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10 minutes ago, ThreeEyedRaven said:

If he was hit by someone else, then their insurance should be paying, 

Who hit him, then?

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I wonder what % of scooter renters have a valid mc license ?  I guess maybe 10% .... if they refused, big bis loss, also the po po get a nice bonus as they get at least 500 bt. per unlicensed driver at checkpoints.  a win win till ya lose situation.

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Ive been saying this for years as do many others. Wheres the license checks? Ive been riding and competing professionally since 8yrs. You learn to see who can ride and who can not. Atleast 99.999999% can not and i gringe watching these people on the road because you know there is a good chance they could cause or be a victim of a herendous accident. If only the government gave a sht about its appearance!!!!!!  Oh wait they do. Thats why they have fancy watches. Silly me....

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12 minutes ago, ThreeEyedRaven said:

If he was hit by someone else, then their insurance should be paying,

If they find him and if he has insurance. 

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