Most children who experience a car crash recover within days or weeks.
Resources to help deliver care to children recovering emotionally from a motor vehicle crash
Initial emotional responses are common, but most children are resilient, and any distress will usually resolve quickly (within a couple of weeks).
The parent guide explains what children can think, feel or do after an accident and suggests ways you can help.
The emotional recovery in children after a car crash (quick reference guide) provides information (primarily for health professionals and the insurance industry) on how to help a child recover emotionally after a car crash. It includes information on assessment and treatment, and where to go for more information.