Vacations are all about relaxing and making as many happy memories as possible. Sadly, if you find yourself involved in a car accident, the only memories you’ll be making are dreadfully painful ones. From a minor collision to a full-on crash, when you’re away from home and in a strange place, you’re going to feel even more vulnerable then you would at home.

No one expects to be in an accident when they’re on vacation, however, knowing what to do in an emergency situation like a car crash can save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and help you pursue a successful personal injury case – click the link to a speak to a car accident lawyer. Read on to find out what steps to take if you’ve been in a car accident on vacation.

Call the emergency services

Don’t hesitate. Even if no one appears to be injured, you should call the emergency services and have the police attend the incident. They’ll be able to help secure the scene, take statements and put together a police report which you’ll be able to get a copy of for your records, insurance and a personal injury claim.

Remain calm

Being involved in a car accident is frightening, but you may also be angry and frustrated, especially if you weren’t at fault. The other driver may confront you, but you must remain calm. Otherwise, you’ll make a stressful situation even worse.

Obtain personal information

You’re going to need the driver’s name and contact details, as well as information about their insurance. You should also provide your details.

Don’t accept blame

Avoid inadvertently apologising at this stage, as that could be considered an admission of guilt. We all have a tendency to apologise for the smallest inconvenience, so don’t accept blame! The other driver may also try to pressure you into taking the blame, you should deny speaking with them about the details of the crash at this stage.

Take photos

If possible, take photos and gather evidence at the scene. This will help your personal injury case. Pictures of the injuries, the vehicles, road conditions and the time of day. If there are witnesses, get their contact details.

Seek medical attention

Even if no one appears to be injured, many injuries sustained during a car accident may not manifest until several hours later. Therefore, seeking medical attention should be a priority. Make sure you follow any medical advice or treatment advised by your doctor.

**Post contributed by British travel writer, Julia Evans**