The Short Story of What Can Happen Overseas:
The Story: A Legal Look at What is at Play in another Country
We left home Sunday night. Flew from Chicago to New York and then straight across the pond to Edinburgh.
In Edinburgh, I had booked a hotel for the day and the night. We were going to arrive in the morning after traveling for a bazillion hours, so I wanted us to have a whole day plus our first night in one hotel where we could recover a bit from the flight over.
So that was great. It was the perfect plan.
We took a cab from the airport to the hotel, walked into our room, flopped down on the bed and slept for three hours!
We both got up and got refreshed and then went to the roof-top tea room. The wife was in heaven, and I thought it was pretty nice too. We did the Brit thing—got tea and crumpets.
I have to say, those Scots know how to make crumpets. Or scones. Or whatever the hell they actually are.
So after that we went outside and decided to get some fresh air. Walked up and down high street, looked at the red double-decker busses, found Princess Street, went window shopping, stopped in a pub, had bangers and mash and a couple o’ stouts, came back to the hotel, and died for the rest of the night.
Next day, which we called our first official day in Scotland, we picked up our car. It was going to be our home away from home for the next indefinite number of months!
Accidents while traveling
Would you believe that not two hours later we got in an accident? It’s true. As I write this, we are back in the hotel we stayed, and I have just spent an hour on the phone with our international law firm back home!
Holy crap! I’m really upset but settling down a little!
So, I spoke to our attorney who handles car accidents abroad. By the way make sure you talk to your rental car company (like Hertz) for instance. This firm provides legal services to businesses and people who need help resolving legal issues in the US and Europe, especially the UK and Germany.
I plan to have the next accident in Germany, lol.
My attorney was great and walked me through the things I need to do to deal with the accident. He had a checklist that I’m working through.
In the meantime, the wife is laying down with a cold compress on her forehead.
Neither of us were injured, thank God. But I do actually think the car was totaled. It wasn’t my fault. Also thank God for that.
Now it’s just a pain in the butt to get sorted out. Of course the police showed up and took reports and all that. And then a tow-truck came and hauled the car away. Nothing happened quickly, naturally. Apparently some things are the same regardless of what side of the pond you’re on.
It probably took three hours of standing beside the road, first waiting for the police and then waiting for the tow-truck and then waiting for a taxi to take us back to the hotel. (Fortunately the hotel had a room open.)