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Old 13.03.2011, 21:21
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Road accident experience in Zurich

So this morning, yours truly crashed into another car on the road.
I was at fault as I did not see the yield triangles painted on the road and was too busy checking for cars coming from the right to notice the one heading my way from the left.

The only injury that occurred was that of a 7 year old girl in the car I drove into. She had a bump on her head. The paramedics said she was fine but as a precautionary measure she would get checked out at the hospital.

Needless to say I was a mental and emotional wreck

Now that the shock has worn off, I realize how grateful I must be that no serious injuries occurred.

The reason why I am writing this post is to tell you what happened and how touched I am.

The first thing that went through my mind when the accident occurred was "oh no, stupid foreigner freakin causing accidents, the police are going be so angry!" HAHA! I was proven sooooo wrong!

The whole matter was handled with such politeness and they were so gentle and caring! Even the driver of the other car was so kind! I could not believe it!

I hope that if I am ever in the same situation as the driver of the other car (heaven forbid), that I will also react the way he did and try to put the guilty party at ease.

Anyway, I just wanted to post an anti-rant about our friendly and kind Zurich Polizei.

Safe driving everyone!
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Old 13.03.2011, 21:36
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

Glad that you were also ok. It happens to the best of us.
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Old 13.03.2011, 21:37
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

Iit must have been a horrible experience for you all and the other drivers reaction I'm sure made a big difference...

These things happen, get the paperwork but put it behind you ......

Glad that you are all OK...
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Old 13.03.2011, 21:43
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Awful for you. Maybe a follow up call to the Mother to ask how the little girl is will ease your worry. (I assume you got her details ?)

All's well that ends well. I hope your claims process goes smoothly.
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Old 13.03.2011, 21:52
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

Thanks guys. I don't really feel that I deserve your kind words.

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Awful for you. Maybe a follow up call to the Mother to ask how the little girl is will ease your worry. (I assume you got her details ?)

All's well that ends well. I hope your claims process goes smoothly.
Brilliant idea! Thanks!
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Old 13.03.2011, 21:55
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

My girl, I am sorry to hear this but absolutely relieved you are all okay. Also, it's really refreshing to hear something positive said about the police anywhere these days.

Am gonna PM you in 5. xxx
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

Sorry about the accident but glad it was not that bad. Nice to hear you got the treatment you deserved, i.e. fair and objective. Sh1t happens, we have to live with it, Of course, we must try to minimize it, but making a big thing out of it just doesn't make sense. Take care.
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Old 13.03.2011, 22:25
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

Glad all OK.

Expect lots of fines (c 1500-2000 by the time you've included various admin charges) + a 1 month ban + suspended sentence for 2 years.

...based on my experience* anyway...

Again, most importantly, no one seriously injured.

*no injuries in my case either, but also no right of way issue, so this may be something worse for you...
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Old 13.03.2011, 22:40
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

Oh Dear Meisie,

I am so happy you are fine and the little girl too. Let us know if you get news from her.

I believe you must have quite a shock, I hope you'll get over it soon.

Big kisses and hugs for you!
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Old 13.03.2011, 23:07
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

Glad it wasn't more serious.

Out of interest was the 7-year old who banged her head restrained in the car at all. I ask because I never cease to be amazed at how many children here are driven around loose in the car - even when their parents are belted in...
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

An intersting question AbFab, which would of course have a great influence on Insurance issues (strapped in AND in a proper child seat as per the Law here).
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

Glad everything is fine.

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Glad all OK.

Expect lots of fines (c 1500-2000 by the time you've included various admin charges) + a 1 month ban + suspended sentence for 2 years.

...based on my experience* anyway...

Again, most importantly, no one seriously injured.

*no injuries in my case either, but also no right of way issue, so this may be something worse for you...
Those penalties are always applied when there is a road accident? No matter the situation?
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Old 13.03.2011, 23:22
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Glad all OK.

Expect lots of fines (c 1500-2000 by the time you've included various admin charges) + a 1 month ban + suspended sentence for 2 years.

...based on my experience* anyway...

Again, most importantly, no one seriously injured.

*no injuries in my case either, but also no right of way issue, so this may be something worse for you...
Fines and/or bans depend on the exact circumstances and whether laws were violated. The damage to the other car is covered by the insurance but the damage to the car of the guilty party possibly not or only to a certain part. And the insurance premium may go up a bit, but not dramatically. So, I would abstain from dramatic forecasts.
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Old 23.03.2011, 20:58
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Glad it wasn't more serious.

Out of interest was the 7-year old who banged her head restrained in the car at all. I ask because I never cease to be amazed at how many children here are driven around loose in the car - even when their parents are belted in...
Yes, she was. She was in a children's car seat. I don't think she was strapped in tightly enough though.
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Are you OK Meisie? Have you heard anymore from the police? Fingers crossed.
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Old 23.03.2011, 21:15
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I'm fine.. Thank you Odile
Yesterday I was informed that the driver of the other car will not be pressing charges and that all the documentation has been submitted to the state. So now I just wait to find out what all the bills are at I need to pay, the ban and the suspended sentence.
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Old 23.03.2011, 23:06
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Fines and/or bans depend on the exact circumstances and whether laws were violated. The damage to the other car is covered by the insurance but the damage to the car of the guilty party possibly not or only to a certain part. And the insurance premium may go up a bit, but not dramatically. So, I would abstain from dramatic forecasts.
No shit... however, I saw a lot of similarities in the OP's situation, and I did add a disclaimer

Never said anything about insurance. For the record, my car was a write-off, I got a very fair price for my car, my insurance premiums didn't go up, as my insurance broker made sure I had insurance for my insurance (only in CH, eh? ).

The accident was in Aug 2009. I "served my ban" in 2011 and my 2-year "probation" started immediately after the ban. So it took a while for the whole thing to be sorted. Indeed, it won't be sorted 'til 2013.

Part of the reason for the increased fines is that the accident was in BL, so I got fine+admin from them. Then it got refered to BS where I got an automatic fine+admin. Then it went to court where it was decided that it was a "mittlereschwer" (or however it is spelled) accident that warranted the temp suspension of licence.

When I spoke to various people about at the police and legal departments of BS as this was all going, they were all generally civil, polite and helpful. I think there was a basic understanding that accidents do happen - helped by the fact that speeding and alcohol were not involved.

I think based on my dodgy German that I was done for the equivalent of something like "driving without due care and attention, and causing harm to others or putting other road users at risk".
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Old 24.03.2011, 00:14
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

Glad to hear no one got hurt! Fines and stuff are insignificant long as people survive. I don't think I'd care about paying fines (don't think the op does either).. I'd be glad no one got hurt.
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No shit... however, I saw a lot of similarities in the OP's situation, and I did add a disclaimer

Never said anything about insurance. For the record, my car was a write-off, I got a very fair price for my car, my insurance premiums didn't go up, as my insurance broker made sure I had insurance for my insurance (only in CH, eh? ).

The accident was in Aug 2009. I "served my ban" in 2011 and my 2-year "probation" started immediately after the ban. So it took a while for the whole thing to be sorted. Indeed, it won't be sorted 'til 2013.

Part of the reason for the increased fines is that the accident was in BL, so I got fine+admin from them. Then it got refered to BS where I got an automatic fine+admin. Then it went to court where it was decided that it was a "mittlereschwer" (or however it is spelled) accident that warranted the temp suspension of licence.

When I spoke to various people about at the police and legal departments of BS as this was all going, they were all generally civil, polite and helpful. I think there was a basic understanding that accidents do happen - helped by the fact that speeding and alcohol were not involved.

I think based on my dodgy German that I was done for the equivalent of something like "driving without due care and attention, and causing harm to others or putting other road users at risk".
Hi. What is insurance for your insurance? I have never heard about that. What is the name for it for me to discuss that with my broker.

thank you for the information
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

Hi Meisie…Sorry to hear about your accident. I’m glad it was minor and no one was seriously hurt.
This is a little off topic, but has to do with driving. I am going to be relocating in the summer. I visited Switzerland in November and noticed the roads are a lot more narrow and the signs are different then I’m use to in the States. This might sound funny, but I was thinking of trying to get some driving lessons. My concern is being able to understand the signs, etc. Do you think driving lessons for a newcomer is a good idea?
Again, sorry to hear about your ordeal and I’m glad you are alright.

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