In Case of an Accident in Germany

This page contains topics:

  1. What to do after an accident?
  2. How to share location with emergency services?
  3. Calling Auto Recovery Service
  4. Forming an Alley for Emergency Vehicles
  5. Role of Health Insurance


Immediate Measures after an Accident

How to share your location with emergency services?

Please note the following to state your location on the road.

kilometer number sign on budesstrasse

kilometer number sign on roads other than Autobahn

Miliage sign on Autobah

kilometer number sign on Autobahn. They are either fitted on the guardrail or their separate posts.

Calling Auto Recovery Service

It is always beneficial to sign membership of an automobile club (motoring club). The most popular automobile club in Germany is ADAC (Allgemeine Deutsche Automobil-Club). It has also partnerships in other countries. They help in minor repairs on the road and perform tow jobs in case of a vehicle breakdown. ADAC often offers discount membership packages for students. The second popular automobile club in Germany is AvD (Automobil-Club von Deutschland).

Forming an Alley for Emergency Vehicles

In emergencies on highways, an emergency alley is formed for quick access of emergency services.
The emergency alley is always formed next to the overtaking lane. Please see the following two situations.

Two-lane Autobahn or Expressway

On two lane Autobahn (two lanes for each direction) or Expressway (Kraftfahrstraße) emergency alley is formed in the middle of two lanes. So if you are on the left lane you drive to the left and if you are on the right lane to the right. Please see the illustration below.

Emergency lane on 2 lane Autobahn

Three or higher lane Autobahn or Expressway

On Autobahn or expressway with 3 lanes for each direction, the emergency lane is formed between the left and the middle lane. So if you are on the left lane you drive to the left and if you are on the middle or right lane to the right.

Emergency lane on 3 lane Autobahn

Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory in Germany. In case you cause an accident your health insurance company pays your medical bills. If you cause an injury to another person in an accident, your vehicle insurance company will pay the medical bills of the injured person. Please see this page for vehicle insurance.


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