Recently, I was driving along, my wife in the car with me, we were on a 4 hour trip, and bang, some lunatic cut me off, and sideswiped me.
I was in the traffic stream, and the other driver, very annoyingly typical of that type, overtook everybody, without giving two hoots about oncoming traffic, and then just tried to ram his way in, and out of the way of oncoming traffic.
I made it a point to learn the road rules in the Philippines, so I do know them, many do not even know they exist.
The other driver blames me for the damage, and is claiming that I did not give way to him!
The police came after the other driver rang them, and they say that I did not give way to the overtaking vehicle - come on, there is no rule that states that I have to give way to an overtaking vehicle, but the rules say that if another driver has indicated he wants to overtake, I am not to speed up, and of course, common sense tells you not to hinder the overtaking vehicle.
The law is very specific when it comes to the overtaking vehicle though, they cannot overtake into oncoming traffic ( as he did ), must not cut you off when coming back into the traffic stream, and the list goes on, and in fact,the rules are the same wherever you come from.
Now this policeman, tells me that I should have braked/slowed quickly, to let him have his way, and because I saw this vehicle, I am therefore driving recklessly.
I saw the other driver, a split second before he hit me; I had cars to the front, and cars to the rear.
I had to surrender my license to the policeman at the scene of the incident, then pick up the police report a few days later.
The police report is an example of bias, because the policeman wrote it up as being my fault: he wanted me to sign the report,which I refused to, and I told him that I committed no offence, whereas the other driver committed at least 3 dangerous/reckless driving offences, but he insists that I failed to give way to the overtaking vehicle - check out the road traffic rules yourself by going to the LTO website.
When I left the scene of the incident,mthe other driver and his wife,mwere still at the scene, and deep in conversation with the policeman, Lord only knows what was being discussed, but I think we know.
I told the policeman that I will fight him all the way on this one, because I an not going to accept the blame when I committed no offence.
I have written to the LTO to lodge a complaint,mandcas yet,mhave not been repliedbto; I will attend there Friday, and give them a hard copy of the email.
This is the second time, where I have been totally blameless, but blamed, but this time I will not accept it; FYI, the first time, a jeepney pulled out from the side, and hit me, and guess what,surprise, surprise, I was blamed for overtaking without care, reckless driving that is, but not this time folks.
Anybody had similar?