When a person is involved in a car accident, it can be a very stressful time, not just for the person involved in the accident but those close to them too. If you’ve got a friend who has had such a traumatic experience, it can be confusing knowing how to help. Here are some tips on how you can be there by their side and support them through the process of recovery.
Accompany them to Appointments
There are going to be a number of different appointments your friend needs to attend. It could be visits to the doctor who will be checking up on their injuries, visits to the police station may be necessary too, along with appointments with a counsellor. It’s going to be very helpful if you can tag along to offer support and they may also need someone to drive them because an injury or lack of confidence is still preventing them from driving.
Your friend is going to need someone to talk to. Be a listening ear without feeling the need to tell them how they should be feeling. Make sure they know you’re there for them when needed. It’s very tempting to share your own experiences of such traumatic events, but it’s much better to let them complain, vent their anger or break down without passing judgement and comparing it with your own experiences.
Help Around the House
Trauma can affect people in different ways, and your friend might be struggling with their normal routine. Any help you can offer around the house is going to be valuable. Don’t just say “let me know if you need help,” because your friend will highly likely never take you up on it as it could mean anything. Instead, try to be more specific. Here are some ideas for how you can help around the house.
- Walking the dog
- Cooking meals
- Making kids lunches
- Fetching the kids from school
- Doing the weekly food shop
People are often too shy or embarrassed to ask for what they need, but if you offer to help in a specific way, they’re more likely to take you up on the offer.
Keep Track of Documentation
As well as helping your friend keep their appointments you can also help them keep track of any relevant documentation. If they’re making a compensation claim with a company such as The Compensation Experts, there is going to be a range of different paperwork they need to keep on top of. The documentation will include accident reports, medical information, and insurance documentation. Helping your friend keep track of these documents prevents them from getting mislaid.
Encourage them to Socialise
Your friend is likely going to need some time and space to handle the trauma of the accident on their own, but you also need to encourage them to get out and socialise on occasions. Find funs things you can do together that help take their mind off what has happened.
When a friend has been involved in a car accident providing your support is a vital part of their recovery.