Source: my paper
Lawyers representing the family of the Ferrari driver who died in the Rochor Road crash have blamed the incident on "poor traffic conditions" and the "surroundings".
The Ferrari driver, Ma Chi, beat a red light and crashed into a taxi and a motorcycle at the Rochor Road traffic junction.
The family's lawyers from Drew & Napier LLC also said the actions of the Ferrari driver who was a financial investor from Sichuan, were "unintended, unexpected and/or fortuitous". The May 12 crash killed the taxi driver and his Japanese passenger and injured the Ferrari passenger and the motorcyclist.
They argued that the placement of the traffic lights at the junction "made it difficult for motorists to spot the traffic signals readily and easily", among other reasons. Their documents also stated that this led to vehicles having a "high likelihood" of failing to comply with traffic lights that just turned red against them.
Adding on, the lawyers said the traffic-light system at the junction "did not provide sufficient time" for an "all-red phase" -- where all vehicles would stop at the junction. The junction was also labelled a "black spot" by the Land Transport Authority for the frequency of accidents there (over 15 accidents resulting in deaths or injuries in three years).
Mr Ma's family lawyers were responding to a counter-claim and defence filed in the High Court on Sept 3 by lawyers acting for AXA Insurance Singapore who had withdrawn its coverage for the crash as it was "highly probably, foreseeable and to be expected".
The lawyers from United Legal Alliance LLC also said it was a "collision", which meant the driver was aware that his actions would cause an accident, thereby voiding the insurer's liability to make a payout.
However AXA told The Straits Times it would compensate the families of the third parties who were injured or killed in the crash.
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