What To Do If You Have A Car Accident Abroad

When you go on holiday, the last thing you’re going to think about is what might happen if you’re involved in a car accident. However, although it’s rare, the potential for an accident is always there, and big or small, you’ll need to know what to do next and how to solve any issues that might arise. Read on for some tips that should help you if you have a car accident abroad.

Back of car tyre on  a country road
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The first people to call if someone is hurt in a car accident abroad are the police and ambulance services, but if there are no injuries, your insurance company should be your first port of call. However, this will only be of use if you are driving your own car – if you’re not because you hired one while you were on holiday, you must call the insurance company linked to that car hire. If you’re not sure of the details, then phone the car rental business to report the issue and let them know what the damage is. Since you will need to contact the rental company anyway, many people feel more comfortable doing this than calling an insurance company, especially if English is not the first language of the company you’re in.

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Ask For An Interpreter

If there is an issue when it comes to language, and you cannot understand what is being said, it is best to ask for an interpreter. You don’t want to agree to something that wasn’t your fault accidentally, or that will come back to cause you problems in the future. The easiest thing to do in this situation is to phone the police and ask for assistance because you cannot understand what is happening.

Remember, you may receive legal documents relating to your car accident, and if they are written in a different language, then legal translation services are your best option. You will then understand everything that has been written, and you can agree or disagree with it after that.

Don’t Let It Ruin Your Holiday

Accidents happen every day, and most of them are minor with no injuries and hardly any damage to the vehicles. If this is the kind of accident you have been involved in, don’t let it ruin your holiday.

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Although this is always going to be easier said than done, if a car accident is the only thing that is on your mind for the rest of your trip, you’ll find that you become stressed, anxious, angry, and you won’t be able to have a good time. Try to focus on other things, such as spending time with your family, the interesting sights you’re going to see, the beauty of the landscape, and so on. If you can stop thinking about the car accident, you’ll have a much better time, and if you can’t, the only memories of the holiday you had been looking forward to and spent a fair amount of money on will be negative ones.

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