How long does it take to settle a traffic accident in KL?

Well, it depends…

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I was on my way back home when I saw this large group of people confronting each other amidst a mass of motorbikes and cars. It was a T junction and I gather they’ve gotten into some kind of fender bender, but a mild one by the looks of it.

It was quite late and there was no traffic except more bikes arriving noisily to fortify the already significant representation while I was at that junction, a veritable congregation of two-wheeled owners.

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I went on my way to do some grocery shopping before the supermarket closed – you know, the usual staples of bachelorhood – ramen, more ramen, ramen in a cup, bread, milk, eggs, sausages (erm) and crab sticks.

It took me about 30 minutes (even picked up some toothpaste on sale while I was at it) and my wallet was RM 80 lighter when I was done.

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I took the same route back home and surprisingly they were still there. I couldn’t hear what was being said, it looks like Cars vs Bikes – with the latter dominating – there were a lot of gesturing and pointing going on, so I regarded them with mild interest, and drove back home.

Yup, I know, it’s anti-climatic but the answer to the question is…

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I don’t know. smirk

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24 thoughts on “How long does it take to settle a traffic accident in KL?

    • Haha! Yeah, last time someone bumped into me on LDP, it was settled within 15 minutes, I wanted to go for insurance but he didn’t want to, considering he was just a college kid, I settled for RM 200.

      Turned out to cost more then RM 500.

      Oh well.

      Cheers bro! :)

  1. Nothing to do with the accident….

    It’s ridiculous how much one is paying for basic grocery needs these days!
    Rm 50 is the new 10! :-(

    • Yeah I know right!

      I remember paying a lot less when I first started buying my own groceries over here (discounting my time studying in NZ & Melbourne) – RM 80 went A LONG WAY back then. It would have to be a lot of imported delicacies.

      I’m getting store brand snacks and stuff on sale and it’s still RM 80 as of this year.

      The prices are all rising. :x

      I agree, it seems like RM 50 is the new RM 10.

      Cheers Denise! :)

    • Yeah, I didn’t know what they were doing there that late on a weekend night just to sort this out.

      That’s the way to go for recalcitrant drivers on the other side – just lodge a police report and let the insurance companies sort it out.

      I didn’t do that last time someone rear ended me though, guy was just a college student and claimed he didn’t have insurance (which makes me wonder if he even had a valid driving licence). He was quite eager to settle while I preferred to claim insurance (at that point).

      Repairs ended up costing RM 300+ more than what he gave me but I was in a rush so I didn’t argue. Nice guy though.

      Sorry to hear about your accident. :(

      Yeah, sometimes you just have to do that.

      Cheers ciki! :)

  2. It could be a total set up. My friend was drunk driving n he heard a sudden loud noise from the back of his car when he stopped at the traffic light. When he looked at his side mirror, he saw 2 malay dude fell with their bike. They claimed my friend hit them and demanded money. Out of nowhere, a big gang of bikers came out. hahah..

    Some kind drivers came down to help him settle. after the bikers left, the driver said he saw the dude kicked my friend’s car n pretend to fall. It’s becoming a profession. :P

    • Interesting!

      Sorry to hear about your friend.

      Yeah, it could be a setup. There’s enough scams on traffic incidents here to fill a telephone book – I’ve heard of variations of what you said.

      A common one back home is the days just before Chinese New Year – it was in vogue one particular year about 5-6 years back. I’ve only heard it second and third hand but it seems like a lot of people were caught by it.

      What happened was someone with a half broken down car that’s supposed to be relegated to the scrapyards anyway TAILING you and waiting for you to stop. Supposedly, the group of people inside will be *really* tailgating you and when you stop, they’ll move and intentionally bump into you and then demand money from you saying that you braked for no reason.

      I had one friend nearly caught in this but she was quick enough to switch lanes at the last moment.

      Apparently, the group will extort you, saying that it’s your fault anyway since they rear ended you, even if you go to the police.

      Very interesting stuff, what commercial minded criminal minds can come up with.

      Cheers Fiona! :)

  3. I hope everything remained civil in their discussion. Once I was in a friend’s car and we got into a minor accident with a bike. The guy had his entire bike clan around to back him up. Lots of pushing, shoving and shouting going on that at one point I wasn’t sure if I was going to get home in one piece that night. Thankfully, the biker’s girlfriend intervened, she said she didn’t want any trouble and asked us to leave. Needless to say, we drove off as fast as we could. LOL.

    • Yeah, there were some shouting going on, at one point this guy took up his helmet in an apparent attempt to hit the other side – I had my window down coz I was smoking and just took a couple of photos coz I had nothing better to do. Heh.

      Sorry to hear about your friend’s accident and the ensuing incident mate. That must have been gnarly.

      Yeah, those bikers seem to magically be able to rally a whole lot of people to their cause. I suppose they’re mat rempits (not sure, just guessing from the way they behave and other stereotypes e.g. loud modifications etc). I’ve seen an entire convoy of them waiting beside a highway once to avoid a police road block in front.

      Good to hear everything was resolved in the end.

      Cheers bro! :)

    • Yeah me too bro.

      It’s a total waste of time! I was in a hurry last time someone rear ended me so I settled for RM 200, not knowing that the entire exposed bumper area caved inwards, which ended up with me not even being able to close the boot after I opened it to get my stuff later.

      Fixing just that bit alone cost RM 500+ but since he was just a college kid and very nice to boot (no pun intended), I just settled for RM 200 – he had to go to the ATM and said that’s all he could afford.

      Cheers bro! :)

  4. HB, Y U take so many plastic bags. So environmentally unfriendly are you.
    Heard of reusable shopping bags dude?
    OOT but still relevant becoz you have shown the picture.

    • Heh! Well, the supermarket packed it for me, I just took what was given.

      I can’t claim I’m a champion for environmental rights either. ;)

      I have been caught unaware on Saturdays (no plastic bag day) and paid for plastic bags to put my groceries in.

      I don’t have a habit of taking reusable shopping bags. I don’t usually plan for days when I go grocery shopping, it’s usually when I’m driving home that I figured I needed to pick up some stuff to replenish the diminishing food stock at home that I go, so I don’t have reusable bags with me.

      Cheers bro! :)

      • Neither do I, but I’ve been keeping a couple in the car for those random grocery shopping days. Do give that a try. =)

        The store manager even thanked me for declining the plastic bags once.

        • Nice! I’ll keep that in mind, I do have quite a few reusable grocery bags…at home, where I last put it.

          I’ll try to remember though, the only thing that I keep in my car is spare coat.

          Cheers Ciana! :)

    • HAHAHAHA

      Unfortunately, I don’t buy 4D nowadays – the odds are wayyyy to low. I prefer more favorable odds where you can actually stand a (about 50%) chance of winning – like casinos, or the last time I tried legalized football betting in Singapore.

      I’ve heard people who actually *win* from numbers from accidents though.

      It was explained to me by my old Kuching bro (known him since I was 15) as the yin/yang concept, but I don’t really believe in that. I think it’s more of a case of buttered side up toast e.g. people remember the bad times (in this case, good times) rather than the forgettable times.

      Cheers Jess! :)

  5. I guess some people would not admit they’re wrong and would not fork out the dough to compensate the unfortunate victim…and some unreasonable ones would even resort to violence.

    Wow!!! RM80!!! You live lavishly eh? Wink! Wink! LOL!!! But the truth is things are getting to be really expensive these days. I avoid going out and try to make do without a lot of things. One stop would surely burn a hole in my pocket – the way it did yours. Sighhhh!!!!!

    • Yeah, that’s true! There’s a YouTube video on a fight near Kelana Jaya LRT a couple of years back – I can’t find it now, think it has been removed.

      It showed a man in office attire throwing his shoe and getting in a scuffle with someone dressed like a mechanic in the middle of the road with every car stopped and watching while they scampered around that section of LDP highway, the mechanic guy even took out a steel rod of some sort but retreated after police came. I think both of them were charged in the video description.

      Road rage in KL – that highway is a menace, it’s too congested, frays tempers. My last accident occurred there too – some guy rear-ended me but he was nice enough and wanted to settle for RM 200 (student, he even had to withdraw that from an ATM, claimed he didn’t have insurance, don’t know how he got his driving licence).

      Unfortunately, it’s the price of stuff in Giant, of all places – I even bought store brand snacks (RM 0.99) and crab sticks, toothpaste and instant noodles on sale etc. I did not splurge at all, I agree, things are really getting expensive nowadays.

      Last time that amount would have bought me enough premium stuff to cook for two, including wine, during my time in Kuching.

      Yeah, unfortunately the most expensive things item-wise in my list is milk (2l – RM 8+ and it was discounted) and other essentials that I couldn’t spare.

      Prices are really hiking up nowadays. :x

      Oh well. Cheers buddy! :)

  6. How fast accidents are settled depends on both parties.

    The reason why I said that is because an uncle gave me the unpleasing experience of getting bumped on the passenger door. It was settled quickly because the uncle realized that it was his fault and instead of apologizing to my Mom, he kept apologizing to the crying child in me. That was however many years ago at the now Grand Dorsett Subang, but it has left me with such phobia that I fear whenever people are reversing their cars. Once bitten, twice shy.

    And speaking of groceries, I’m on the same page as you. The packet of Waitrose cream crackers (made in London) that I buy from Cold Storage has since risen up to RM6.99 from its usual price of RM4.99. The rising costs in manufacturing and in the currency exchange has really forced me to cut back on my favorite tidbits from NZ/Australia. Sigh, that scoop of NZ Natural fruit flo only cost me NZD$3.30 back there.

    And crab sticks aren’t actually crab sticks, you know.

    • Yeah, I agree, it’s a simple matter that can be quickly resolved unless it’s a very serious accident (which happened to me once).

      I actually hit someone when I was 23/24 – I thought I’m going to the court for sure, coz if the other party dies I was told that it’s a mandatory jail term.

      I stopped my car and called the police and the ambulance but another passerby saw and took the victim to the hospital. I didn’t move my car – left it in the original position due to the severity of the injuries and incident, so I left it as it was for the police to investigate.

      Luckily, it was a whole lotta broken bones and metal implants and insurance settled all that. I didn’t even need to appear in court. Insurance covers everything, that’s the way to go, I don’t understand why some people keep on arguing when insurance can settle it.

      I’m sorry to hear about your accident when you’re a kid. :(

      That must have been an awful experience.

      Yup, crab sticks are basically flavored surimi, known that since I was a kid when my mom told me it’s unhealthy, wrote a couple of blog posts about cooking with it. I love the stuff. :D

      Groceries are indeed increasing in prices nowadays…everything is. Oh well.

      Cheers Ciana! :)

    • Hello there!

      Nope, I don’t live in Bangsar, or are you talking about the condo just beside the HELP university accommodations?

      I just stay very close to Bangsar, and Pusat Bandar Damansara is the closest place to get groceries for me coz there’s a Giant there and also a 7-Eleven for essentials.

      It’s actually quite easy for me to go to KL too, I technically live in KL, I just prefer to drive the opposite direction to PJ, which is why I use the LDP so often.

      Cheers bro! :)

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