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Old 18.10.2017, 16:19
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Well, I stand firm where I am thinking that crashing into a fence is not exactly a nerve-wrecking event.
To you maybe but different people react differently in that kind of situation.
I think I'd be pretty rattled if I'd driven my foreign registered car into a fence whilst in another country and being unable to speak the local language.
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I think I'd be pretty rattled if I'd driven my foreign registered car into a fence whilst in another country and being unable to speak the local language.
Following the lead, if you have no idea how you would react in this kind of situation and see it perfectly plausible to just stroll away for two hours, then you probably shouldn't be driving a car in these circumstances.
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Old 18.10.2017, 16:35
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Re: URGENT Car Crash Help

Personally, I'd calculate 30 minutes to walk 1 km, grab some documents, and return, not two hours.

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Old 18.10.2017, 16:53
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Following the lead, if you have no idea how you would react in this kind of situation and see it perfectly plausible to just stroll away for two hours, then you probably shouldn't be driving a car in these circumstances.
How does anyone know how they'd react in that kind of situation unless it's actually happened to them?
By your logic nobody should drive their car in another country where they don't speak the language unless they've had an accident in the past and know what their reactions will be.

People do all sorts of weird things in stressful situations. I don't think I would have done what the OP did but who knows?
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Old 18.10.2017, 16:58
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Next thing we will need included in the driver's license test is a psychological test, which evaluates how the aspirant will react in the completely unlikely and never heard of event of having an accident.
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Old 18.10.2017, 17:01
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I wonder what the true percentage is of accidents reported that should - by law- actually be reported.
Guilty as charged. I was, on foot, knocked over on a pedestrian crossing. I was fortunately wearing jeans and a sturdy soft shell jacket and although I was lifted onto the car bonnet and unceremoniously dumped on the ground , apart from a slightly grazed forearm I wasn't hurt at all. The driver, who was much more upset about it than I was, insisted we went to my doctor's for me to be checked over. As I expected, no injury was found and the driver paid the doctor's bill.

We should, however, definitely have informed the police. The driver would probably have lost their licence for a while. I didn't even think that far. I was Ok. The driver needed a bit of time to recover from the shock.. Nothing would be gained by making them hang around with the car half-blocking the road... they will certainly look more carefully in future.

But what we did was against the law. Probably very much so. I cannot even claim I was in shock. I was just 'in stupid!

Which is why, however stupid someone else's actions seem, I remember that it could have been me.
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Personally, I'd calculate 30 minutes to walk 1 km, grab some documents, and return, not two hours.

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You aren't calculating the actual length of bollocking from his better half in there!
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Old 18.10.2017, 17:08
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We should, however, definitely have informed the police. The driver would probably have lost their licence for a while. I didn't even think that far. I was Ok. The driver needed a bit of time to recover from the shock.. Nothing would be gained by making them hang around with the car half-blocking the road... they will certainly look more carefully in future.
No one was injured and no unkown's third party property damaged. No police needed by law.
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Old 18.10.2017, 17:08
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Guilty as charged. I was knocked over on a pedestrian crossing. I was fortunately wearing jeans and a sturdy soft shell jacket and although I was lifted onto the car bonnet and unceremoniously dumped on the ground , apart from a slightly grazed forearm I wasn't hurt at all. The driver, who was much more upset about it than I was, insisted we went to my doctor's for me to be checked over. As I expected, no injury was found and the driver paid the doctor's bill.
I once went over the bonnet of a car. I was on my bicycle and it pulled out of a side road.

The driver drove off after shouting obscenities at me - this was the U.K. so it's not illegal there (the obscenities, not the driving off).

Anyway, I found I couldn't speak properly for a couple of hours afterwards. It wasn't physical shock from trauma but just like I was totally drunk.

I didn't think to call the police or anything like that.

Beforehand there's no way I could have told you I would have acted like that.
I think some people are being a little harsh on the OP but then as others have said, there appear to be some 'perfect people' on the forum and I'm obviously not one of them.
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Old 18.10.2017, 17:14
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No one was injured and no unkown's third party property damaged. No police needed by law.
But we should have called the police before we went to the doctor's. Before moving the car. Just because I said I was OK doesn't mean I was really. Lots of injuries can show up later. If you knock a 70 year old lady off her feet with your car, I guess you inform the police.
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How does anyone know how they'd react in that kind of situation unless it's actually happened to them?
How do you react to any random situation? You can't get through life without having to deal with the unexpected. As an adult, you think and analyze if in doubt. You have structure. You take precautions. You learn the rules. Or not ... then see what happens.
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Old 18.10.2017, 17:22
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Guilty as charged. I was, on foot, knocked over on a pedestrian crossing. I was fortunately wearing jeans and a sturdy soft shell jacket and although I was lifted onto the car bonnet and unceremoniously dumped on the ground , apart from a slightly grazed forearm I wasn't hurt at all. The driver, who was much more upset about it than I was, insisted we went to my doctor's for me to be checked over. As I expected, no injury was found and the driver paid the doctor's bill.

We should, however, definitely have informed the police. The driver would probably have lost their licence for a while. I didn't even think that far. I was Ok. The driver needed a bit of time to recover from the shock.. Nothing would be gained by making them hang around with the car half-blocking the road... they will certainly look more carefully in future.

But what we did was against the law. Probably very much so. I cannot even claim I was in shock. I was just 'in stupid!

Which is why, however stupid someone else's actions seem, I remember that it could have been me.
Most accidents in Switzerland are handled like this. The only time you must call the police is when people are injured (Unfall mit Personenschaden).

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SwissintheUS beat me to it :-)
longbyt: Injuries discovered after will still be covered by the insurance. I had a whiplash once which only started to show hours later.
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How do you react to any random situation? You can't get through life without having to deal with the unexpected. As an adult, you think and analyze if in doubt. You have structure. You take precautions. You learn the rules. Or not ... then see what happens.
This really smacks of someone who has never had an accident.
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Old 18.10.2017, 17:24
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How do you react to any random situation? You can't get through life without having to deal with the unexpected. As an adult, you think and analyze if in doubt. You have structure. You take precautions. You learn the rules. Or not ... then see what happens.
Print that out and frame it to remind yourself what you should have done the first time you make a serious mistake when in a totally unexpected panic mode.
When I was as young as you are, I knew it all too. Then life caught up with me. :-)
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Old 18.10.2017, 17:27
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I still find it completely irresponsible to not be carrying ID, especially when travelling abroad. Then the OP would not have had the need to flee the scene, or get bollocked from the partner.

I doubt that OP was in a state of shock, as not even a Doctors visit has been mentioned.

Why this happened is still not answered, and I'm completely surprised that the insurance will pay, as there was no police report made at the scene. Luckily no-one was injured / killed.

But I do congratulate those posters who didn't make reference to "must have been a male or female driver ;-).
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Print that out and frame it to remind yourself what you should have done the first time you make a serious mistake when in a totally unexpected panic mode.
When I was as young as you are, I knew it all too. Then life caught up with me. :-)
My age notwithstanding, I have my fair share of mistakes. You wont hear about them from me though as I'm probably still too embarrassed years after they happened. I hopefully learned my lessons and got better at taking precautions.

And I've been in more than one traffic accident/incident.
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I doubt that OP was in a state of shock, as not even a Doctors visit has been mentioned.
I guess the "state of shock" was more in the sense of "panicking" which doesn't really need medical attention.

Most people when they've had a shock don't react very predictably. Some go really quiet and just let people sort them out, others are more volatile, some go through the motions of being super efficient and appear totally in control then go to bits afterwards.
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Old 18.10.2017, 17:40
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How do you react to any random situation? You can't get through life without having to deal with the unexpected. As an adult, you think and analyze if in doubt. You have structure. You take precautions. You learn the rules. Or not ... then see what happens.
I seem to recall that if you plan what you will do in the event of an emergency - work through scenarios etc. - you're more likely to react correctly.
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Old 18.10.2017, 17:51
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Print that out and frame it to remind yourself what you should have done the first time you make a serious mistake when in a totally unexpected panic mode.
When I was as young as you are, I knew it all too. Then life caught up with me. :-)
Really, I disagree with you. We're talking about a minor accident here and you all excuse the driver as if he had been in a multiple pile up plus in the middle of it, totally caught by surprise.
He hit a fence. There was definitely no ice on the street so what was it? He just walked away. If an adult is not capable to a) simply note he caused an accident (shit happens), b) know as a driver what a driver is expected to do in such a case (part of the driver's education, no? In any country it is basically the same too) then it might be better he wouldn't drive at all.

I'm beginning to wonder if the driver had been drinking too.

However, police in Switzerland is not "out to get you". He might get away lightly. And if he does, that's fine with me but if he doesn't learn from it once and for all I really don't want to come accross him on the street in the middle of the night. Because this was crap behaviour.
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Why this happened is still not answered, and I'm completely surprised that the insurance will pay, as there was no police report made at the scene. .
I'm not, why would there always be the need of a police rapport when there's only material damage?
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