Dos and Don’ts After an Accident

If you get injured it can be very hard to act rationally. Pain generally makes people panic and want to lash out. This is natural and normal.

This is why it helps to be prepared and to learn about what to do in the event of an accident. Knowing the dos and don’ts after an accident can make a stressful situation a little bit easier


  • Take deep breaths. It sounds strange but one thing people often forget to do after they have been injured is breathe properly. They may panic and breathe too quickly and this often increases a feeling of panic.
  • Get medical attention. While a claim is important if you need medical attention this should be your first priority.
  • Talk to people around you. Make sure people know what happened and find out if they would be willing to speak on your behalf. It can often be easier to make a claim if other people are willing to verify it.
  • Make a journal noting your symptoms. Some conditions such as whiplash can occur hours or even days after an accident occurs so it helps to have some kind of record, especially if it can be verified by a medical professional.
  • Get contact details. If you can, get contact details of people involved, especially if there is a police officer on the scene.
  • Take photos. This is especially true in a car accident as some claimants have been known to falsify the damage or exaggerate the number of people involved in an accident.


  • Move unnecessarily. If you have a back, neck or spinal injury then it is vital that you do not move unless you have to.
  • Be abusive. In a stressful situation emotions are often heightened. However you need to resist the urge to verbally abuse someone if they have hurt you.
  • Exaggerate. If an accident is not your fault then you do not have to further exaggerate the circumstances in order to get compensation. There are people who can guide you on this.
  • Forget to see the doctor. Even if you feel fine it is still a good idea to get checked over after an accident.

Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline

Accident Advice Helpline has been guiding people who have had accidents for over 13 years. We take people through the process, allowing them to decide if they want to pursue a claim and giving them the information they need.

We are available 24 hours a day so there is always someone to discuss your claim and guide you through the process. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!

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