Here's what we learned when we experienced the reality of the phrase 'life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.' 1) Fill out the insurance paperwork that is in the vehicle, right away; 2) Perhaps even call the police, even if you're not sure you're fluent enough to communicate effectively. Here's what happened. […]
Here's what we learned when we experienced the reality of the phrase 'life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.'
1) Fill out the insurance paperwork that is in the vehicle, right away;
2) Perhaps even call the police, even if you're not sure you're fluent enough to communicate effectively.
Here's what happened. It was a rainy day in Blansko, a town located near the Punkva Caves, for which we had a reservation to tour about an hour after life happened.
We were driving through a roundabout en route to looking for a restaurant in Blansko when the vehicle ahead of us stopped for a pedestrian. We stopped also. A young man named David, entering the roundabout from the north, however, didn't stop and ran straight into the passenger side of our rental car.
Fortunately, he was honest and followed me out of the roundabout to a nearby bus stop. I soon learned that he spoke little English, and I was not fluent enough in Czech to communicate with him (or the police) very effectively. The damage to the car appeared to be minimal, and no one being injured, so I just got his cell phone number, and we continued on our separate ways.
I didn't realize that there was paperwork in the glove box which should have been completed. Also, others told me that Czech police departments generally have at least one officer who speaks English.
Anyway, our meeting with David resulted in a succession of phone calls between fluent Czech speakers and this young man. Fortunately, he was an honorable person and answered his phone every time (or else called shortly thereafter).
The end result? My cousin Roman traveled with my wife and I the two hours back to the scene of the accident. David was awaiting us there, along with his father. We finally got that insurance paperwork filed out, and it was submitted to the airport rental car agency when we returned the car, just before leaving Czechia
As another saying goes, all's well that ends well. I feel fortunate to have had my Czech cousin help me to straighten things out when life happened.