One of the most difficult things about accidents is that they can happen at pretty much any time. Having a car accident on holiday is especially stressful, but if you are prepared, you can get through the experience and return to enjoying your trip. Here are a few things that you should do if you get in a car accident while you are on holiday.
Much like in most situations, losing your cool after an accident won’t help you to manage the situation effectively. Staying calm can help you to navigate the situation more effectively and stay in control. Staying calm is easier said than done but there are a few coping techniques you can do to help you keep a level head. The first thing you should do is try to take slow even breaths. This will help you to focus and avoid getting overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. Focusing on what you can do right now will also help you to keep calm.
Call Your Insurance Company
Much like with any accident, it is important to inform your insurance company so they can reimburse you for any work that may need to be done on your vehicle. If you are driving a rental car, the insurance you purchased through the rental company can help you out. Contacting your insurance company will help you to receive any help you may need to get back on the road and return to enjoying your holiday time. Your insurance provider can also give you more information on the processes you will need to take to make sure you are reimbursed properly, which should take a load off your chest.
What if You Are a Rideshare Passenger?
The process can get more complicated if you weren’t driving the car, especially if you were using rideshare (Lyft, Uber etc) to get around. You won’t be at fault, but insurance can be incredibly difficult to deal with. Really you will only need to deal with insurance in this situation if you are injured in the accident. Make sure to get the driver’s insurance information so that you can follow up if you need to. Sometimes you don’t realise the extent or existence of injuries until after the fact.
Figure Out New Transportation
Once you have taken care of insurance issues, you will need to find new transportation to get around. Depending on where you are travelling and the insurance policy you have, you will have different options. Sometimes your insurance may provide you with a rental car while your vehicle is being fixed. Some cities have great public transport options that you can take advantage of. You could also call for rideshare or take a taxi if that makes the most sense for your situation.
Dealing with an accident comes with a lot of hassle, especially when you are on holiday. But, if you keep calm and take the necessary steps, it doesn’t have to ruin your trip. Make sure to take a deep breath and call for help from your insurance provider so you can get back to enjoying your holiday as soon as possible.
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