What to do if You Encounter an Accident Abroad

What to do if You Encounter an Accident Abroad

Going abroad is something that people do on a regular basis. While some go for vacations and pleasure, others go for more official reasons like business or family matters. Although you hope that when you travel, things will go smoothly, it is possible that things could go wrong and in a worst-case scenario you could end up getting in an accident.

Getting in an accident at home can be difficult, but when it happens abroad, it can be far more complicated. Find out what you should do if you are ever put in a situation where you encounter an accident while you’re abroad. 

 1. Seek Medical Attention

If you happen to get into an accident while you’re outside of the country, before anything, seek medical attention. At times, the damages caused by an accident aren’t evident right away, so you need to get a full medical examination. According to this link, iconmedicalcenters.com/clinica-de-lesiones-personales-hialeah/?lang=es, whether you are experiencing visible injuries or just feeling pain, it is important to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Make sure you associate with medical professionals specializing in treating accidents and managing pain. However, the type of medical care that you can get is heavily dependent on whether you got health insurance before traveling.

If you happen to have travel or health insurance, then you should be eligible to get short-term emergency medical treatment while you’re there. However, every country has a different policy so consider that as well.

2.  Record the Details

It is imperative that you get as much information as possible when you get into an accident abroad. Make details of everything that happened by writing it down and where possible, take pictures of the scene and your injuries. If it was a car accident, get insurance details, plate numbers, and the address and names of witnesses. Avoid admitting liability or apologizing, especially if you haven’t yet spoken to professionals.  

3.  Contact Professionals

The first thing that you should do if you encounter an accident abroad, you should contact the right professionals. In doing so, you’d be able to take care of the backend which could help give you the closure you need. Firstly, you should contact the local law enforcement, especially if it’s a car accident, food poisoning, or cycling accidents. Also, speaking to a lawyer or professionals such as The Compensation Experts would also be advisable as you may be able to get compensated.

4. Get Enough Rest

If you aren’t able to be flown home right away, the next best move to make would be to get rest where you are. Follow the doctor’s orders and avoid doing things that could make your recovery slower. In case you didn’t know, sleep helps the body heal as while you’re sleeping, your body recovers from damage and protects itself against illness. If you’re having trouble sleeping, see if you can meditate or doing something soothing to rest your mind and body. In the case that pain is keeping you awake, look for natural remedies like hot/cold compresses, herbal painkillers, or a TENS machine.

Getting in an accident abroad can be both daunting and scary. However, by knowing what to do as well as the right procedures to take, you may be on a faster road to recovery.


  1. I agree. My husband and I always scout out the closest emergency center and Urgent care centers any time we are away from home. It is comforting to know where they are located.

  2. Shannon Gurnee - Redhead Mom Blog

    That would be scary encountering an accident anywhere, but especially abroad. These are some great tips!

  3. Accident happens and encountering it abroad would be so scary for sure. Thank you for sharing these tips.

  4. I hope it never happens. I am always afraid of accidents when I am abroad. Your tips are really useful. Thanks for sharing!

  5. We try to be as prepared as possible when we travel, but you just never know. It’s good to plan for the possibility of the unexpected.

  6. These are all great tips. I often get concerned about visiting abroad because of these type of things – what do I do when I have an accident abroad. You just gave me some solid advice to ease some concerns.

  7. Getting hurt or sick abroad can be so scary! I had to go to an ER in Asia and it ended up being a pleasant surprise though…it was free!

  8. These are all great tips to keep in mind when traveling. I actually have an Aunt that got injured while abroad and it was a big issue to get her the care she needed and get her home. Planning in advance and knowing options is so important.

  9. Great information. This is a worst nightmare, having an emergency while traveling. Thanks for the post.

  10. This is great advice. I can imagine how stressful it would be to have an accident overseas. I’ll share this with my family members that travel a lot.

  11. Getting in an accident abroad is one of the things that scares me most about traveling. It isn’t something that you can predict!

  12. These are some great ideas. I have to admit I do worry if I ever go away about having an accident and exactly how I would deal with it and the things I should do.

  13. Yikes, good to know. I always worry about this. My daughter gets hurt a lot, so I can see her needing to go to the hospital at some point.

  14. Kimberly K Croisant

    Great tips. You never know when you’ll need to use them.

  15. I don’t plan on traveling any time soon but it is an important thing to check before you go. I will check my insurance carrier soon and find out these helpful details.

  16. This is definitely something to worry about when you are traveling. I always had trouble insurance because I don’t worry about. I really think these tips are great.

  17. Check your insurance to make sure you are covered while traveling is very important. Never know when something might happen and need to be prepared.

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