Greetings and thanks to followers and/or supporters of this blog. Some of you might have noticed the lack of new posts for the past six or more months, and wondered if I had grown disinterested in the issues addressed herein …
Well, let’s flash back to December 2017. Imagine yours truly and family sitting in a Ford Mustang convertible parked on the side of the road in California. Though it was winter we had the top down and so we pulled over to put some more warm clothing on.
Sounds pretty cool huh?
Well yeah, but then an unlicensed/uninsured drunk slammed their car into the back of ours whilst they were barrelling along at highway speed. I have no memory of this, nor of the next week and a half of my life. Goodbye to our plans for a special Christmas dinner in Vancouver. And a whole lot more.
Anyway everyone survived, and luckily I was the only member of our family to be seriously hurt. So it would seem that god kept me alive to continue this blog. Either that or I was just lucky. But that doesn’t sound as profound so I’ll go with the former.
So my head’s been kind of fuzzy and I forgot all my passwords, and you could say that we’ve been rather tied up with medical, insurance and legal matters (unbelievably, only just winding up in August).
And updating this blog was one of the things that suffered.
OK, so what’s to learn from this episode?
- Holidays can go from dreamy to nasty very quickly, so enjoy them while you can
- Purchase travel insurance from a reliable provider (and provide your partner with details as you may not be able to do so if/when you really need to)
- Don’t anticipate getting compensated quickly, don’t expect the process to be easy, and don’t expect to cover all your costs. Our travel insurance claim took over five months to resolve (and was surprisingly time-consuming) and the court case took about seven months.
California has a Victims of Crime compensation process but it won’t cover loss of personal property (and in our case for example, the rental car we were driving and which was destroyed, was considered personal property). Even if the judge orders “restitution” as part of the sentencing process, as happened in our case, unfortunately there is no guarantee you will receive anything anytime soon.
Apart from my family not being seriously injured, the only other good news was that the attitude of police/first responders and staff of the relevant District Attorney’s office was consistently respectful, helpful and positive.
Drive safely folks.