Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has been in a French hospital since a December 29 accident left him in a coma. Now, the German driver is being investigated for another accident, although he was behind the wheel for this one.

A few weeks before his devastating accident, Schumacher was driving a rented Audi A4 in Spain when he allegedly hit a motorcyclist at a roundabout after failing to give the right of way. The cyclist broke his wrist in the incident, and damaged his bike, clothing, watch and helmet, according to The Irish Independent.

The cyclist is pressing charges, as it's the only way to receive compensation for his medical expenses, as well as damaged property. At this point, it seems likely that insurance companies for the two sides will be able to work the matter out without going to court.


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      RetrogradE
      • 8 Months Ago
      Kick a man when he's down. Ouch. You guys know the difference between a hooker and a lawyer? A: The hooker will stop screwing you after you die.
        Fountain42
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Not really true. My uncles is still giving him bills for his estate.
        Narom
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Well apart from the fact the guy started these proceedings before he had the accident.
      BryanGx
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why does a guy who's worth 18 zillion dollars rent an Audi A4?
      RocketRed
      • 8 Months Ago
      I always thought that the benefit of some basic public health insurance of good quality, as Spain has, was to abate the need for people to sue each other constantly for minor injuries due to "negligence." I'm sure the guy had a nasty spill, but it does not seem like he has life long injuries or disability for which a party in the wrong should be made to pay compensation. I know that he could seek compensation anyway, but assuming his expenses are covered, it seems highly unlikely to recover "punitive" damages in a civil jurisdiction.
        Narom
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RocketRed
        How would health insurance pay for the cost of repairs to his bike? And why should his his health insurance or even bike insurance cover the costs of an accident where the person was not at fault?
        Narom
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RocketRed
        How would that cover the cost of repairing his bike then?
        timber
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RocketRed
        I don't know the specifics about Spain but being in an European country with a similar health service (public) I will tell you how it works Traffic accidents expenses are met by the public system from emergency assistance, transportation (ambulance or helicopter) and hospital stay. If you have an accident you will be received, treated and taken care for all that it is necessary for your well being but the bill will be sent to the insurance company. In this case the insurance of the A4 driver whoever it may be would be liable for all medical expenses. For those criminals that don't pay insurance there a special fund.
        waetherman
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RocketRed
        So that would mean the taxpayers were responsible for the injuries one person caused to another through reckless or intentional action? Doesn't seem right to me...
      Pamela DeBow
      • 8 Months Ago
      Mr. Schumacher will take the 5th...
      propackage
      • 8 Months Ago
      another non news event. I gues they need no-fault insurance in spain
      Bernard
      • 8 Months Ago
      Just pay up and get it over with. It should be pennies to Michael. Although I would tend to think that if you have a vehicular collision with greatest F1 driver to have ever lived, it would be you who was at fault.