``Lee had to be more observant to prevent the collision but failed to see Cho, and this made the accident more serious. She is 50 percent responsible for the injury,'' [the Seoul court] said, ordering Cho to pay 84 million won in compensation.
That same approach to accidents also applies to drivers in South Korea.
Korea handles automobile accidents according to an odd “blame-sharing” concept whereby both parties are always deemed to have some fault in the accident. The usual apportionment is 60-40. What this means is that the driver who caused the accident bears 60% of the responsibility (and therefore cost), and the driver who simply got crashed into gets stuck with 40% of the responsibility on some cockamamie theory that had he not been operating a motor vehicle he would not have gotten into the accident. So the 60% driver pays 60% of the damages incurred by the driver he struck, but receives from the driver he struck an offsetting payment of 40% of the 60% driver’s damages.
All the more reason not to get behind the wheel here. That and the "you'll probably get killed" thing.