“I’m calling about my friend who was just in a car accident…”

We get a surprising number of calls from good people who are helping out a family member or friend after a car crash. What do you do when you want to help out, but you don’t want to be in the way?

Helping a friend after a car crash

In the hours and days after someone is seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash, they may not know how to ask for help—or even understand what they really need.

We have gathered some practical tips for you.

Helping with groceries and meals

Providing meals and groceries is one of the most practical things you can do to help an injured friend.

Cooking: Providing food to someone you care about is a time-honored tradition. If you are a person with the time and inclination to cook and deliver, go for it—as long as you can do so safely.

Calendar: Set up and share a calendar for other people to send over dinner—for example, mealtrain.com. Check in with everyone to go over dietary needs, food allergies and preferences.

Groceries: If you are local, pick up some staples for the injured person. Better yet, check and see what they need for a few days worth of meals.

Delivery Option: Order them dinner for delivery, or just give a gift card. Delivery services like Uber Eats, Door Dash and Grub Hub are available in most towns.