What to Say if Someone’s Hurt in a Car Accident: 25 Ideas


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Getting hurt as a result of an accident can be so scary — physically and emotionally. When someone you know recovers from an accident, share some words of encouragement. 

Encourage your friend or loved one who experienced a car accident by empathizing. Let your friend or loved one know that he or she is not alone. We’ll share what to say when someone is hurt in an accident.

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Cheerful or Encouraging Messages to Send Someone Who’s Been in a Car Accident

Example of a cheerful message to send someone who's been in a car accident over an image of flowers

Many times, cheerful messages can sound unfeeling, unsympathetic, and unemotional. Being in an accident is a scary thing, and you should recognize that.

It’s still possible to share some encouraging words to lift someone’s spirits after an accident. If you’re unsure of what to say to someone in the hospital, let these ideas get you started.

1. “I’m so glad you’re okay! We came as soon as we heard what happened.” 

This is one of the simplest messages you can say to communicate your concern and care for another person. It also shows your friend or loved one that you wanted to lend your support as soon as you could. By saying this, you show that you’ll be there during the recovery process, from start to finish.

2. “I’m so sorry about your accident. I’d like to bring you dinner tonight. What can I come by?”

Combine a message of relief with an offer of tangible help. It’s impossible to keep your mind on everyday things like cooking dinner after an accident. Give your friend or loved one the gift of your friendship and dinner instead.

3. “You’re looking great! If I hadn’t heard about your accident, I’d never know it even happened.”

Accidents often cause bruises and scrapes and sometimes can cause people to feel insecure about the way they look. Tell your friend or loved one, “You look like a million bucks.”

4. “It’s so good to see you up and walking around. You’re recovering so fast!”

Sometimes the best encouragement comes when pointing out the good things, like quick recovery. Help encourage someone by taking his or her mind off the injuries by putting a spotlight on any progress.

5. “All of us in the office are rooting for you. We can’t wait for you to come back to work again. We’ve missed you so much!”

Telling people how much they’re missed is great, but go one step further and show them that they’re not forgotten. Sign a card from coworkers with a get-well gift.

6. “You are the bravest person I know. I’m so proud of you.”

A message like this is especially encouraging for someone who was in an accident and who is dealing with the repercussions. Point out the ways you’re encouraged by your friend or loved one and how you see him flourishing despite the difficulty he’s going through.

7. “You inspire me to face challenges the way you do.”

Use this message to share how much someone inspires you to face life’s challenges, including a car accident. Your friend or loved one, knowing he inspires you, can gather strength to face another day.

8. “You’re doing so great! You’ll be back to running a 5K in no time.”

Help someone see the positive by pointing out how well he’s doing post-accident. Encourage your loved one so he will get back to hobbies such as running, hiking, or biking soon.

9. “I’m so glad you’re doing well. We were so glad to hear that you weren’t hurt.”

This message shows someone how much you care. Knowing that friends who care can be incredibly encouraging to someone who has been in a traumatic experience like a car accident.

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What to Say to Someone Who’s Been Critically Injured in a Car Accident

Example of what to say to someone who's been critically injured in a car accident over an image of flowers

Critical injuries often make us think about our lives, reevaluate our priorities, and help us decide to fulfill the hopes, wishes, and dreams that have simply stayed on a list. Though it’s important to speak with empathy, compassion, and understanding, it can also be beneficial to encourage someone to fulfill those dreams and what to look forward to when critically injured and recovering.

10. “We’re here for you, and we’ll be here every step of the way. We’re rooting for you.”

Those with critical injuries face a long uphill battle toward recovery. Knowing that there is someone there for help, encouragement, and support will mean the world.

11. “I’m so very sorry this happened to you. We love you and we know you’ll pull through.”

It can be hard to strike a balance between serious and encouraging when speaking to someone with a life-altering injury. It’s okay to let this person know that you are sorry for what occurred but help point his or her focus to recovery and better days.

12. Simply sit with your friend or loved one

Sometimes the best thing you can do is to simply sit with someone. You don’t need to say anything at all, just sit and feel the weight of everything that has happened. Actions speak louder than words — show your loved one you’re there rather than telling her that you will be.

13. Bring a care package

Just as when you sit with a person, showing how much you care can go farther than simply sharing get-well wishes. Bring a care package of items that will bring some comfort and solace in the hospital. Items such as a personalized blanket, fuzzy slippers, or eyeshades to help with getting sleep in a hospital setting are all good ideas.

14. “I’m proud of how you’ve been handling everything. I’m here for you whenever you want to talk.”

Recovering from a critical injury isn’t an easy road. Tell the person how well she’s doing and offer a listening ear whenever she’s ready to talk.

15. “You’re an inspiration to your family. Mom and Dad are so proud of you and you make me proud to be your sister.”

Pointing out the good can be encouraging when someone feels like she’s going through a nightmare. 

What to Say to a Child Who’s Been in a Car Accident

Example of what to say to a child who's been in a car accident over an image of flowers

Accidents can be particularly scary for a child and recovery is often a daunting process. Focusing on a message of encouragement or hope can bring a smile to your loved one’s face and courage to his or her heart. When thinking of what to say, you can borrow from messages for a sick child or use one of the options below.

16. “You were so brave when the doctor had to put your arm in that cast. You’re amazing!” 

Accidents that result in injury can be overwhelming for a child. Tell the child what she’s doing right and how proud you are to make her feel better.

17. “Your favorite team is playing tomorrow night. I’ll come and watch them play with you if you’d like.”

If a child has to spend time recovering from an accident and can’t get out to do his favorite things, bring those things to him. Watch a game together, bring sports news and keep him connected to the outside world.

18. “This was probably really scary for you. You’re such a brave little boy and I’m proud of you.”

Acknowledging a child’s emotional reaction to the accident validates what that child is feeling. It’s important for a child to be heard and understood after a traumatic experience.

19. “You’ve been so brave. We’re so proud of you and can’t wait for you to come and play with Johnny again.”

Planning ahead to a playdate helps provide a sense of normalcy after something scary like an accident.

20. “You’ll be back to playing on your soccer team before you know it!”

If the child is part of a team, tell her she’ll play with her friends again soon. Help her look ahead at what is coming after she recovers.

21. “Can I sign your cast? You’re so brave!”

Asking to sign a cast is especially appropriate when the child comes back to school after an accident. As a teacher, school administrator, or another adult, show the child that you care for them by asking to sign.

22. “We miss you in class. We can’t wait until you get back!”

Say something like this if you’re the child’s teacher.

23. “Everyone is sorry about your accident and they can’t wait to see you again.”

Bring greetings to a child from his class, teammates, or another group he enjoys spending time with.

24. “I’m sorry you and your family were in an accident. I bet that was scary for you.”

This message of empathy is ideal for a peer to share who has also experienced being in an accident. 

25. When you get better we’ll go out for burgers and ice cream!

If possible, provide something fun to look forward to after the child recovers from her injuries.

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Provide Encouragement and Hope

Speaking with someone after an accident is a perfect opportunity to share a message of encouragement and hope. Be sure to sympathize but leave on a positive note, helping your loved one know that he or she has people who care.

If you're looking for more ideas on how to support a loved one after an accident, read our guides on gifts for long-distance friends and small gifts for friends.

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