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On Saturday a Russian tourist was involved in a fatal accident with a local taxi driver. At around 2pm Martin Johannes drove into head on into the back a taxi at the front of Song Suzi near Paradise Chaweng fatally injuring himself.
This tragic accident has now caused much speculation on a Thai social media site as to who is to be held responsible for the damage to the taxi. The taxi driver was in no way to blame for the accident and the demise of the diver of the rented bike has left him considering if the owner of the rented bike should be held accountable for the damage. While such incidences are deeply regrettable it does highlight the ongoing problems associated with the lack of insurance provided with rental motorbikes and the dangers posed by the roads of Koh Samui for residents and visitors alike.
Concerned local residents have set up the Roads of Koh Samui Facebook page to try to highlight the problems faced by divers on the island, the majority of whom still elect not to wear protective clothing or helmets even if they are new to the island and have little or no experience of riding a motorbike.