Drivers in China who have a traffic accident often back over injured pedestrians in order to intentionally kill them. This shockingly depraved disregard of life is encouraged by the compensation laws. According to Geoffrey Sant, writing in Slate,
Most people agree that the hit-to-kill phenomenon stems at least in part from perverse laws on victim compensation. In China the compensation for killing a victim in a traffic accident is relatively small—amounts typically range from $30,000 to $50,000—and once payment is made, the matter is over. By contrast, paying for lifetime care for a disabled survivor can run into the millions.
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