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Everyday Law in Russia$
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Kathryn Hendley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705243

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705243.001.0001

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Dealing with Auto Accidents

Dealing with Auto Accidents

(p.90) 3 Dealing with Auto Accidents
Everyday Law in Russia

Kathryn Hendley

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how Russians react after automobile accidents. It first describes the institutional infrastructure governing auto accidents before considering the aftermath of traffic accidents, with an eye to what it reveals about the country's legal culture. A comparison of water leaks and automobile accidents illustrates how people behave in the wake of such accidents. The chapter shows that Russians prefer to work out solutions on their own. They are skeptical of the capacity of formal legal institutions to provide help. It also discusses the ways in which Russians respond to auto accidents, such as seeking reconciliation, resorting to third-party intervention, employing avoidance strategy, negotiating privately, or initiating litigation to avoid having to go through the bureaucracy of their insurance companies.

Keywords:   automobile accidents, legal culture, legal institutions, third-party intervention, avoidance strategy, litigation, insurance companies, Russia, institutional infrastructure

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