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BANGKOK 23 May 2019 00:02
malt25

I killed a Dog.

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11 minutes ago, malt25 said:

So you can have a laugh, 3,000 baht.

I realise compensation isn't a must and I don't feel offering something is nonsense. The sole purpose of offering "something" is purely & simply to keep the peace in our community. I understand the owners of the dog are responsible & are "trying me on" with request for compensation. I like living where I do & if it takes a very modest amount to keep everyone happy so be it. I don't have to agree with the idea of compensation, but sometimes compromise is the least  painful option.

OP, you are being too nice, too kind, and too considerate.  This is making your neighbour think you are weak and a pushover to get money out of you.

 

You are clearly a very nice person with a conscience and tried to do the right moral thing.  But, this is not the culture here to be like that.  Sorry, you have learnt the hard way.  It's always easy to think what you should have done afterwards, but there is no point in that now.

 

The owner has shown himself to be not a very nice person... so, if I were you I would just leave him well alone from now on.  Don't give him anything, don't even get into a conversation with the looser.  Don't worry yourself.... no one in your neighbourhood will think bad of you for this... in fact, they might loose respect for you if you pay up more money to the guy.

 

This kind of guy will now get into a bad mood, and kick up a bit of a fuss.. like a kid having a tantrum as they did not get their own way and don't want to be seem as a looser. But it will blow over very quickly once he realises he can't get his way.  If any police come (very unlikely indeed) just keep level head, act like you are not concerned about it, and tell them you may need to get money off the guy for damaging your motor bike.  

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Don't pay a red cent. Setting a dangerous precedent. You weren't liable. Not only would no Thai pay compensation, most speed away if a dog gets hit. Worst case scenario, go down to the police station and let police decide. If the cops tell you you should pay some amount, tell them you want to consult with a lawyer first, and later tell them the lawyer said if they think you should pay, they should sue. No way, they'll pursue this. End of problem.

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Posted (edited)

Send the owner a bill for your wheel alignment

edit: just reread you were on a bike.

Incidentally, none of the locals here stop if they skittle a dog, you've done more than enough. 

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By law the dog owner would be responsible for any damage to your motorcycle.  Not you for the dog.  This is for animals that are not controlled/allowed to roam.

 

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4 hours ago, cynicalmatt said:

Does the neighborhood have a top man you can approach?

 

 

Always try to use the village head as a mediator if possible

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I wouldnt give the guy 1 satang. Tell him you will see him in court and will claim damages.

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The OP was clearly driving too fast for the road conditions.

 

What if it had been a child that ran out into the road? If he couldn't stop or avoid a dog, he couldn't stop or avoid a child.

 

Not fit to be in charge of a motor vehicle.  Should be stripped of his driving licence.

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4 minutes ago, Bert got kinky said:

The OP was clearly driving too fast for the road conditions.

clearly????

Where did the OP state his speed or even that he was driving fast?

What were the road conditions?

Where you at the scene of the accident or have you visited the accident spot?

How do you know more about this accident than anyone else, or is this just another case of a bar stool lawyer?

 

The mere fact that he killed a dog meant that he was driving too fast.  He was driving so fast he was unable to stop in time.  The dead dog is all the evidence that is needed.  QED.

 

And that he killed a dog meant that he could equally easily have killed a child.

 

Try engaging your brain before spouting nonsense.

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18 minutes ago, Oxx said:

The OP was clearly driving too fast for the road conditions.

 

What if it had been a child that ran out into the road? If he couldn't stop or avoid a dog, he couldn't stop or avoid a child.

 

Not fit to be in charge of a motor vehicle.  Should be stripped of his driving licence.

I hope that you are being ironic, it would be a shame to think you are deluded enough to be serious. 

As for the OP, you have already compromised your position legally by offering compensation; that amounts to a tacit admission you were in the wrong. However, it is likely the whole matter will blow over without recourse to lawyers.

Next time, when you are patently in the right, don't be rash enough to try to be kind. Remember, one of the first things an insurance agent will tell you after an accident is admit nothing, even if you think you were in the wrong - and in this case, from what you say, that doesn't appear to be the case - quite the contrary, the dog owner is at fault, not you. 

But this being Thailand, you will have to suffer the consequences of your original sin - being a farang in Thailand - but had you not offered 3000 Baht at the outset, I'd have expected you to be able to settle for a few hundred Baht eventually.

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