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accident, accidents [ˈæk.sə.dənt] - аварія
He died in a car accident.

shock, shocks [ʃɒk] - шок
She was still in shock because of the bad news.

consciousness /ˈkɒn.ʃəs.nəs/ - свідомість
She almost lost consciousness when she heard of her husband's death.

unconscious /ʌnˈkɒn.ʃəs/ - знепритомнілий
After the accident she was unconscious for another half an hour.

faint [fɛɪnt] - непритомний
I usually faint when I see blood.

collapse /kəˈlæps/ - сильно ослабнути
He was so weak after the run that he suddenly collapsed.

first aid - перша допомога
Every driver should know how to give first aid.

first aid kit - аптечка
There needs to be a first aid kit in every car.

resuscitate /rɪˈsʌs.ɪ.teɪt/ - реанімація
The doctors could resuscitate the accident victim.

concussion /kənˈkʌʃ.ən/  - струс мозку
He had to stay in bed because of a concussion.



Slammed on the brakes/ Hit the brakes
I slammed on the brakes when I saw a little child running across the road.

Run over
My friend Joe ran over a dog last night.

Side swiped
I side swiped my dad’s car while parking the other day.

The bike skid because of the wet road, but fortunately no one was seriously hurt

If you are caught speeding, you will get fined

Drunk driving
Drunk driving is very irresponsible and the major cause of accidents.

Reckless driving
I used to drive recklessly but I don’t do that anymore.

Hit and Run
The hit and run driver is still being searched by the police.



Describing an accident

An accident occurred / happened between two cars travelling in the same / opposite direction.

One car was travelling at speed (at X miles per hour)

As the driver was rounding the corner, he drove straight into another car which was on the wrong side of the road.

The driver lost control of the car and ploughed into the other lane / overturneddrove into an oncoming vehicle / into a tree.

As the driver was overtaking another / went through a red light / he drove straight into oncoming traffic

A lorry jackknifedspilling its load over the road.

A car skidded on a wet / oily surface and the driver lost control.

The brakes failed / the car driver misjudged the distance.

The car was speeding / doing 80mph in a 30mph area.

The driver was under the influence of alcohol / drugs / on his mobile phone at the time.

The accident was due to pilot / human error.



The results of an accident

There were no fatalities (people killed)
Five people were taken to hospital with major / minor injuries / for shock.
The driver was shaken, but unhurt.
The passengers were escorted safely from the train.
Firecrews had to cut the passengers out of the wreckage.
The car was a write-off. (The damage was so bad there was no point in claiming insurance)
Fortunately, there was only minimal damage / we escaped with only a couple of scratches on the bodywork.