What to do
If You’re in a Car Accident…
If you’re in a car accident the first thing you should do is make sure everyone involved is okay. Next, call the authorities so you can have an official report and know that your bases are covered. You’ll always want to document everything for insurance purposes, so even if your phone is on airplane mode when traveling, use it to take pictures and video
You should check with your policy to see if you are covered if you’re driving your own car in another country . If you rented a car in another country and purchased insurance for the rental, you should contact the rental company and/or the insurance carrier immediately after any accident.
If You Need A Doctor…
The best thing to do is plan ahead. Look up physicians in the areas you’ll be traveling to and have your medical records saved in your phone in case of an emergency. Of course, things happen and plans change.
If you have travel insurance, you can contact them as well and they’ll be able to assist you with what to do next. Depending on where you are, some health care options are free.
If You Become Ill…
Let your family know back home so they can begin looking into what is happening and try to help. Alert the staff of your hotel, hostel, or group. If you are by isolated and by yourself, try to call the local authorities if you have cell service. Do your research beforehand as well.
Of course, why would you not be? Well, not everything is going to be how you’d imagine. People and places operate a lot differently than the United States so just be cautious and have patience. You don’t want to have a bad attitude with the people who are trying to help you
Furthermore, things can get tricky and complicated if there is any type of issue. Keep your patience and wits about you in these situations. For instance, if you think you’re ready to leave, but the doctors want you to stay, maybe you’re not as healthy as you think, or maybe they know your insurance will happily pay—whatever the case, don’t jeopardize your health on it and try to handle the matter respectfully. You’re the guest.