Drunk-Drivers Get Slap on Wrist While Victims Suffer

  • By Choi Won-woo

    May 04, 2020 13:14

    Victims of drunk-driving accidents suffer massive financial damage on top of their injuries while the perpetrators often get off with a slap on the wrist, a study suggests.

    The Korea Transport Institute surveyed 256 drunk drivers and 300 victims and found that the victims suffered on average W18.3 million worth of financial damage and their income fell by 30 percent (US$1=W1,219).

    The victims underwent more than three weeks of hospital treatment, while 62 percent suffered from side effects later. Their insurance covered just 80 percent of their accident-related bills or only W14.64 million on average.

    Victims earned an average of W3.34 million a month prior to the accidents, but that fell 28 percent to W2.39 million afterwards. One out of five victims either quit their job or shut down their business following the accident.

    The drunk drivers suffered less damage. Even if they were responsible more than 90 percent at fault, only 24 percent of them ended up requiring hospitalization or medical care. They each paid an average of W11.3 million in compensation, which covered just 60 percent of the damage suffered by victims.

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