“Anytime a plaintiff is on a motorcycle, the jury will find them somewhat at fault, just because they’re on a motorcycle,” Mallabo’s lawyer, David M. Ring, said in explaining the jury’s decision he was 5 percent at fault. Wan Hai Lines attorney Douglas D. Cullins was out of the office in trial this week, a receptionist said. The jury decided Wan Hai Lines must pay Mallabo $3.6 million for medical bills and lost wages and $15million for past and future pain and suffering. Tai’s husband, Ching Tarng Lin, was transferred to the company’s Long Beach office and his wife moved with him from Taiwan. California law allows drivers to rely on foreign licenses as long as they don’t move permanently. Tai attempted to obtain a California license four days before the accident but failed the road test. Failure means a driver made at least 16 mistakes during the test, Ring said. “If you can’t pass the test, you shouldn’t be driving here,” Ring said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – A Taiwanese shipping firm must pay $17.7 million to a motorcyclist severely injured when the wife of the company’s U.S. president struck his motorcycle with a company car. Wen-Ting Tai turned a Wan Hai Lines company car into the motorcycle’s path on Oct. 23, 2004, four days after she made at least 16 mistakes and flunked the California driving test. The Norwalk Superior Court jury deliberated two days before deciding April 19 on the $18.6 million award. The panel said the motorcyclist, plaintiff Joyson Mallabo, was 5 percent at fault. Mallabo, who was 23 at the time of the crash, was riding his motorcycle in Cerritos when Wen-Ting Tai turned left in front of him at an uncontrolled intersection. He suffered massive injuries and must now use a cane to walk.