Motor scooter accident
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jan 24, 2012 10:10 AM Last Post By: RGM
Jan 21, 2012 10:45 AM
Motor scooter accidentThis is my experience after having been run off the road by a Mexican driver.
In the clinic my treatment, 2 more X-rays done immediately, then an IV, a doctor and an anesthesiologist and a nurse assisting. I was anesthetized while they worked on lining up the bone.
Cost for all that 7,050 pesos.
Motor scooter accident
January 20, 2012 07:18PM
Yesterday afternoon about 3:30 pm I just came off the Barra turn-off toward Melaque and had just passed the tope across from the car wash when I was passed by a Mexican driver who then immediately made a right turn in front of me into the Jaluco turn cutting me off.
I hit the brakes and went into a skid. The car driver briefly stopped and then ran off,
Then a few Mexicans came to my aid, the owner of " Pollos los hornitos" who kindly is taking care of my scooter until I can make arrangements to retrieve it.
The owner of the abarrotte and gym in Villa Obregon corner of Esmeralda and Abel Salgado who took me to a doctor in Barra after not finding Dr. Rosa open.
Then I especially want to thank my friend Duke from Barra who took me to Cihuatlan to a hospital and some crappy X-rays for 500 pesos and eventually to the private clinic in Manzanillo, Colima. He stayed with me the whole time from about 4 pm and delivered me to my house at about midnight
Duke also advanced me the monies for X-rays in Cihuatlan and the charges in the clinic, which I will return this Friday evening.
I also want to thank Joyce from Roosters restaurant who was extremely concerned about my well being and still is. And of course I want to thank Duke's wife Marylee who suddenly found herself without her husband for what was supposed to be a special dinner evening.
Luckily my speed was only about 20 kph and the damage to me is a broken left humus bone and a lot of skin abrasions.
This incident showed me that there are people who do still care about a fellow human being, be they friends or total strangers.
I just want to report some of the good that can be in Mexico, such as in this case of an accident
Jan 21, 2012 11:09 AM
Jan 21, 2012 12:42 PM
2That's typical in México. Just one more reason to live here.
A few years back I had a very serious traffic accident. The vecinos and the Cruz Roja guys worked hard to free me from my totaled truck. The Cruz Roja team stabilized my dislocated hip and broken pelvis and my broken arm and delivered me to the local Hospital General (the charity hospital), all for no charge whatsoever! Once at the hospital, while still on a gurney, a young English-speaking doctor told me I was being charged by the police for driving without a license and having no insurance, and the reason I was in the Hospital General was because I had no insurance.
When I told him my drivers license was in my wallet (no one had ever asked for it) and my insurance policy was in my briefcase in my truck, he took it upon himself (without asking me at all) to find the wrecking yard where my truck was, retrieve my briefcase, go to the police and show them that yes, I did have a drivers license, an FMT tourist card AND full insurance. Then he notified my insurance company for me (the charity hospital didn't have phones for patients). All of this was free of charge also.
My insurance company assigned an adjuster, had me transported to a private hospital and arranged (with many long distance calls) with my U.S. health insurance provider to have me transported by air back to the U.S. for the necessary surgery (broken pelvises along with a dislocated hip require a specialist surgeon that wasn't available where I was in México and actually not available at the insurance company's hospital in the U.S. but was available in the same city) and from there it was clear sailing.
Oh, since I was still 200 miles from my destination, I called a Mexican friend there and rather than arrange something with a local trucking firm as I asked him to do, he rented a car, drove to where I was and unloaded my goods to the car and then took them to their destination. I had to argue with him at length once I got to my destination (by air, over 3 months later) to get him to accept reimbursement for what he did. It was my introduction to the Mexican culture of kindness, that once I had relocated to México, I found was absolutely common, and none of my Mexican friends thought that there was anything unusual about it at all.
Jan 21, 2012 2:06 PM
Jan 21, 2012 3:49 PM
4My mother speaks no spanish and was down having dental work in Las Varas she rented a hecho room and when she did not come out at the normal time, the owner checked on her. She could tell something was wrong and went and contacted someone that could speak english. They came and took her to the local public health clinic where the english speaking friend stayed to translate. She has some random infection and she was taken care of free of charge.
She had her teeth entirely redone and the dentist called in a friend to tell my mom he could tell from her teeth she needed to see a doctor. He made an appt with a specialist in Tepic and his daughter went with her to the doctor and my mom stayed at her house. The specialist fee for visit lab, drugs was $35 and her fibromyalgia was cured. She gets off the plane a new woman. I was shocked new teeth and walking like she lost 30 years. She has no idea what was wrong and didn't save the empty prescription bottle.
Mexican people are amazingly caring even with total strangers that can't even talk to them!
I love Mexico still working on citizenship and getting my husbands recognized. That has been a real pain. I am working on it here as well. I am in a hotel in Mexico city as I type. LOL
Jan 21, 2012 11:24 PM
5Wow..that is a story. That driver was a real idiot, but glad everything else worked out.
Take care of that fracture. I broke my humerus a year ago and ended up with Frozen Shoulder and still dealing with it. Most painful, debilitating thing I have ever experienced. Make sure you get some good therapy if you need it.
Jan 22, 2012 2:25 AM
Jan 22, 2012 9:11 AM
7Thanks for the report, and good to hear you're on the mend. And that you didn't become another Canadian-victim we read about. So you experienced both sides of living in Mexico: Mexicans who are uncaring and don't think twice about injuring or killing you on the highway, and Mexicans (and some expats) who are caring and come to your aid when you need assistance. The world over, I think the good outweigh the bad and we see that demonstrated in times of need.
Jan 22, 2012 6:47 PM
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Jan 24, 2012 10:10 AM
10With all the adversity constantly being reported about Mexico, I find it nice to have some people sharing the good experiences in Mexico!
Just think, these are just a few, how many others never report the good anywhere!
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