Last Saturday, MIL fetched my girl for her ballet lessons. On the way, they met with an accident. Thank god no one was hurt even the car's door (driver side) was badly damaged. The accident happened INSIDE a petrol station.
Both parties made a police report separately. It was quite a complicated case. Both were right and both were wrong too depending on how you view it. However, the police issued a summon to MIL, saying it was her mistake in view of the 'undang - undang'.
The petrol station has 2 entrances and 2 exits. MIL turned into the back entrance of the petrol station to cut through the empty space at the side of the petrol station to get into the opposite road. There is a road further down for a proper U-turn but it was very jammed during that time. 9 out of 10 cars will used the Petrol station road to make the U-turn, so it was a very common move. However, we, include MIL rarely use the petrol station to make the U-turn unless necessary just like what happened that day - very jammed.
As for the other party, he just finished filling up petrol and was turning out from one of the petrol pump and driving straight towards the exit of the petrol station.Suddenly, the car banged into the driver's side door of MIL's car. Everything happened so fast. Luckily my girl fasten her seat belt and she only suffered light bruises on her knee. * Please remember to buckle once you are inside the car. You won't know what will happened on the road *
Police said the other party was moving on his own lane (towards the exit) which is considered his road and it was a straight road. Therefore, MIL should have to be more careful if she needs to pass through that road. It was not wrong for MIL to drive through that road too because MIL entered the petrol station using the proper entranced but she just need to be more careful. Even the other party banged on us, it was still our mistake as we 'cut' their road.
We (MIL & I) even went to the petrol station together with the sergeant in charged to show him how the accident happened and showed him which road MIL turned in the other day. The friendly sergeant was quite approachable.
We had paid the summon and is now waiting to claim the insurance. MIL was very sad but what done cannot be undone. It was an accident and nobody wants it to happen if we have a choice.
Reminder Again ~ Please remember to fasten up the seat belt whenever you are in a car. It does make a difference !