So you're cruising in your proper lane on a two-way road. You're traveling at a modest speed. Suddenly, a vehicle coming from the opposite side of the road hits you while it's trying to enter your lane. Said vehicle hits you smack in the middle of your car's side. Whose fault is it? No-brainer: The other vehicle, right?
Well, not if you're driving in the Philippines and not if the other vehicle is a police car.
This, basically, is the experience of Nino Sesgundo this weekend in Tagaytay. He narrated in a message sent to TopGear.com.ph: "This happened in Tagaytay, on the road to Mahogany Market. I was cruising at a low speed when this accident happened. See the photos. The most exciting part is that the police told me and my mother that, based on their 'findings', I was the one who made a mistake. They said that because theirs was a marked vehicle, I should have been the one to give way. That may be true, but as you can see in the photos, I had already passed them when they hit me. I just want to raise awareness among my fellow motorists."
The police, added Sesgundo, then forced him to shoulder the damages to both vehicles.
"At the end of the negotiation, they told us that since the 'findings' showed that they were on the correct side of the accident, we should pay for the damages to our vehicle and theirs through our insurance," Sesgundo told TopGear.com.ph. "So for the police report before we left, they said that my mom should sign the papers, or else our car was going to be impounded and I was going to be detained."
We hope the Tagaytay Police can clear things up and issue a statement of their own, because this sounds really deplorable. We want to hear their side as well, and we will publish it once we do.
Photos from Nino Sesgundo