How to Tell a Loved One You Were in a Car Accident

Unfortunately, car accidents are more prevalent than not. Are you struggling with when or how to tell a loved one that you got into a car accident? Do you need to tell them about the damage or injuries you may have endured? 

After a crash, you may feel a wide variety of emotions – shock, fear, guilt, nervousness, or even anger – all of which are normal. Try counting to ten to calm down and take some deep breaths. 

The calmer you are, the better you will be able to handle the situation. This is the time to decide whether or not it is a serious situation and how to properly handle it, or who you need to contact. 

Let’s run through our tips on how to tell a loved one about a car accident in a bit more detail:

1. Remain Calm 

Firstly, you need to calm yourself down. Especially when admitting fault for something, remaining calm is imperative. Staying calm will help to break the news about your accident to your loved ones. 

Crying, hyperventilation, and going into hysterics may only escalate the situation. Calmly explain the situation and what just happened. Assure your loved ones that you are okay and that you’ve followed all necessary steps like exchanging insurance information and contacting law enforcement where required. 

2. Be Gentle and Honest

Give your loved ones a decent warning ahead of time. Explain that you have bad news from the start of the conversation. Sometimes it’s best to begin the conversation this way so they know what they’re expecting and can be better prepared. 

Always be honest about what happened. The truth always comes out one way or another, so you may as well begin with the truth from the get-go, so nothing gets worse down the line. In other words – don’t let things get caught up in a lie. 

Reassure them that you’re taking the proper steps to correct the problem, including contacting necessary professionals such as JT Legal Group

3. Give a Health Update

Even if the accident is a frustrating event for all parties, make your health status known. Among the first questions that follow the “I’ve been in an accident” is how are you and are you okay? 

Tell your loved ones about your physical condition since they are likely more concerned about your physical being than the actual vehicle itself. 

Explaining that you’re okay, a little sore, or need an ambulance should give them a clear indication of the situation. They may want to come to check on you and the situation if it’s serious enough. 

Even if you think that you have everything under control, them being there may be both comforting and helpful. 

4. Explain Your Mental and Emotional State

Not everyone will experience PTSD, but your loved ones may want to keep a look out for you. If you’re shaken up, make it known. This way, you’re receiving extra attention to look out for any stressors down the line. 

Things to look out for include avoiding emotions or reminders of the incident, consistent feelings of anxiousness, crankiness,  anger, wanting to avoid medical tests and procedures, constantly reliving the incident in your mind, and even nightmares or trouble sleeping. 

5. Let Them Know What You Need

Remember that you should never be alone in any hardship. Your family or significant other is always by your side to help you navigate life, especially during these hardships. 

You should never feel like you need to hide or deceive. They are here not only to help you with the incident report, insurance, and all legal ties that go along with it but also to keep an eye on you. 

Never be afraid to let someone know how you are feeling from the moment it happened to the days following the incident. Maintaining an open line of communication can be extremely important to your physical as well as mental health. 


Accidents are a scary time. Through the uncertainty, it’s important to let your loved ones know what happened. Additionally, it’s important to ask them for the assistance you believe you need in order to cope with the event. Whether the accident was your fault or a loved one’s car was significantly damaged, it’s crucial to be open and honest so you can heal and deal with the aftermath properly. 

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