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Bajaj Dominar crashes into my BMW 320d while merging onto the highway

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I paid the biker's hospital bills & he also apologised for his mistake. However, 2 weeks later, he filed a police case against me for causing an accident!

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Was cruising at around 85-90km/hr on NH 47 near Thrissur when a biker merged onto the highway and crashed into my car (BMW 320d). He was a young guy, 19-20 years old on his new Dominar, hardly a month old. I took him to a nearby hospital and was soon joined by his friends and locals at the hospital. Those who saw the incident admitted it was the biker's fault. I paid for all the hospital bills/procedures/consultations. The biker apologised for his mistake and his mother also thanked me for paying the hospital bills.

2 weeks later, I got a call from the local police station (2 hours away from my house) that there is a guy who filed a complaint against me for causing an accident. I told them that I have the dashcam footage and can share it with them. He asked me to meet the SI the next day with my footage and also called the biker. The biker didn't turn up. Police told me not to worry as my dashcam footage clearly showed the incident and I left.

2 weeks later, I got a call from the same police station saying the biker now has some new evidence against me. I went again and the biker was there this time around. He showed a 2-second clip of the accident (from the CCTV footage from a nearby bakery) from a side profile where you can't make out who's at fault. I showed my clip and the SI immediately asked the other guy why he wants to file a case against me as my footage clearly shows who's at fault and dismissed the case.

I should have made a GD entry in the police station that same day itself. Someone must have instigated the young guy to file a case against me to get some more money.

Here's what BHPian tharian had to say about the matter:

This section of Airport road is so badly designed, it is a place for an accident waiting to happen. There were plenty of bad accidents that had happened at this section.

Riders/drivers on the service road think it is their right of way to cut across and join the main road, since the service road continues to join the ring road at the Hebbal intersection. Most of the traffic merges onto the main Airport road at this point to go over the Hebbal flyover. On the other hand, vehicles coming down from the Airport road, come at good speed until this point and have to brake hard to avoid accidents because of vehicles merging onto the main road without bothering to check for traffic (which is a trait of Indian roads anyway).

Like many others said, honk honk honk when in midst of two/three-wheelers. It may annoy people inside the car as well as outside, but you can avoid situations like these.

Heck, I even honk a couple of times when approaching a two-wheeler on a straight/un-divided road.

Here's what BHPian SR-71 had to say about the matter:

Don't be surprised if that someone were the cops themselves. A few years ago, when my friends and I were returning from a trip to Masinagudi, a drunk biker hit my friend's stationary car head-on. This was in Malavalli police limits. While the biker apologized and my friend left the spot, he was surprised to be chased down by a patrol vehicle 10 minutes later on the town outskirts. They were threatened and dragged to the police station for hit and run! His was a TN registered vehicle and the dashcam footage was seized.

Unfortunately for the cops and fortunately for my friend, the trip had 3 lawyers who were in my car. We were behind them by 30 minutes and the belligerent cops changed their tone once they realized they have bitten more than they can chew. The SI left the station apparently for a cup of tea and a couple of minutes later a constable requested my friends to leave.

Here's what BHPian NiInJa had to say about the matter:

Good that nothing serious happened and the case got closed.

But in my opinion, looking at the dashcam footage, cruising at 85-90kmph at that crowded junction having a signal doesn't sound right. At least in Maharashtra, the speed limit on NH around the town area is 50 kmph. If I was in such a situation I would have reduced my speed, especially if I was on the left lane, and would have used my car's horn. Not saying you were wrong, but just some desi things that we have to do on roads.

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