|IELTS Cue Card - Describe an accident|
Describe an accident you have seen or heard about
You should say:
- where it occurred
- what harm it caused
- how you felt about the accident
and explain how dangerous this accident was.
You will have one to two minutes to speak about the topic. You have one minute to consider what you will say. If you want, you can make some notes to help you.
Model Answer 1
Unwanted accidents that endanger lives and ruin property are a constant nuisance. All accidents, no matter what kind they are, are undesirable. A car accident happened last week just outside of my school, and I heard about it just last week.
From what I heard from onlookers, a young boy was crossing the street on his way home from school. They probably neglected to pick him up from school, and he was all by himself. People were driving quickly because they were in a hurry on the crowded streets of New Delhi. Therefore, it becomes extremely difficult for nearly all drivers to stop their vehicles in the midst of the congestion. Luckily, the bus driver was able to stop his vehicle in time, and the youngster was only gently struck by the front of the bus.
After hearing the testimonies of the witnesses, the small kid was shocked. They also reported the youngster tried to cross the street, but could not because he was by himself. Besides, no one else was around to assist him in making the crossing. So, he began running anytime he saw an opening, but he was unable to touch the median barrier. When he looked to his right and saw a big bus coming, he had to stop dead on the road. When the bus finally came to a halt, the bumper slammed into the youngster, knocking him back a few steps. Lucky for him, the only injuries he sustained were minor scrapes and bruises. Glass from his water bottle shattered on the pavement, and his books had been thrown all over the path he was traveling.
Hearing about the accident absolutely floored me. The bus driver narrowly averted a catastrophe by stopping the bus at the appropriate time. The boy could have been killed or severely injured, possibly even shattering bones. To yet, however, nothing of the sort has transpired. God bless you. To my surprise, the youngster told his rescuers that nobody had helped him cross the road. The boy's parents were running late and he requested bystanders for assistance getting home. Therefore, he set off for home, only to be killed in an accident, because he was bewildered that his parents wouldn't come get him.
Though not extremely so, the mishap may have had serious consequences. Thanks to the bus driver's knowledge and skill, the small kid is alive. A bus traveling at high speed is more likely to be involved in an accident if the driver attempts to stop the vehicle.
Model Answer 2
As shocking as they are, accidents do occur unexpectedly and permanently alter the course of events. Remembering this mishap is important to me since it ended up being one of the nicest things that had ever happened to me.
I remember getting off campus that night because a boy I had a crush on in school was trying to wow some of the other students with his bike tricks. Everything was great, and people were cheering. Because it was mandatory, I went to the local cyber cafe. On the way back, we had a long route to go before we could reach the bus stop, and this took us approximately an hour.
I was walking there when suddenly a kid appeared out of nowhere and did a wheelie; when I turned around to look at him, he was down on the road and bang. I was taken aback for a second and approached him as a result. Thanks to his protective headgear, he was unharmed, but the bike's fall had left him with some nasty scrapes and bruises on his hands and legs.
I managed to get him away from his bike, parked his bike out of the way, and then drove us both to the university hospital. The nurse advised him to remain there for a day till he is able to walk again. Seeing him filled me with such terror that I almost forgot he was the same boy I had planned to kill the day before. After a long day of conversation, he finally went to bed, and I was stuck with him. The next morning, his pals tagged along and saw me for the first time; they were horrified. In any case, I went my separate ways.
However, two positive outcomes occurred following that occurrence. As a first step, he stopped performing stunts in inappropriate locations and started equipping himself properly. Second, we hit it off and have been close friends for the past seven years.
Model Answer 3
Things go wrong, usually without our involvement or awareness. Accident victims sometimes get lucky and escape with only minor injuries. Accidents, however, frequently result in the destruction of property and even the loss of lives. I haven't seen a lot of accidents happen, but once I did observe the aftermath of a severe car crash. While cruising through the heart of Kolkata on my motorcycle one evening, I came across a disturbance. The frequent honking of cars made it difficult to make out what was happening above all the hubbub. Eventually I asked a passerby and learned that a collision had occurred at the intersection's traffic light.
Despite my parents' (especially my dad's) repeated warnings that I should stay out of trouble and out of the way when driving, I couldn't help but stop and watch what was going on this time because the accident happened on the way I usually go to and from school. I learned it was an instance of careless driving as I overheard eyewitness accounts of the incident. Two motorcyclists collided with a car that had stopped at a red light as they attempted to beat it. While no one was killed in the collision, one of the motorcyclists suffered a horrific leg injury. There were broken vehicle pieces strewn all over the road and the car and the motorcycles were completely totaled.
Particularly when on a motorcycle, I have always been a cautious rider. Due to reckless driving, there have been several deadly motorbike accidents in my area. Since the driver of the car was in no way to blame, my heart went out to him and everyone else involved.
My mother was curious about the incident when I got home because it had been reported on the local news. I learned then that the injured biker's leg had to be amputated.
Model Answer 4
Whatever precautions we take, accidents are always possible and always happen when we least expect them. Of course, it's simple to say, but it's quite another thing to be a "helpless and unwilling" witness to an accident. But that's what happened to me when I had to watch such a tragic event unfold in my hometown.
About 5 years ago, on a wet and gloomy morning, I was returning to my own apartment after having dropped off a friend at a nearby airport. It was a two-lane highway, and there were slow roads on either side of the highway to connect to it. Despite the typical high volume of traffic, most cars and trucks were moving at a snail's pace due to the sudden downpour.
So, I was driving along happily until an enormous truck with eight wheels suddenly came barreling toward me from the left and tried to merge onto the highway. For a split second, I was terrified, but then I convinced myself that the motorist would see sense and slow down to prevent a catastrophe.
But alas, it seems my worst fears were realized, and I fear it was just wishful thinking. Because he was either inexperienced behind the wheel or grossly misjudged the severity of the situation, the driver was forced to slam on the brakes in an attempt to avoid a catastrophic crash. Unfortunately, this only caused the vehicle to "skid" off the access road and crash into a group of cars on the highway, severely damaging their vehicles and injuring several people.
I'd never been so close to such a terrible event before, and my initial reactions were one of sadness and fear. It was bad enough, in my opinion, to hear or read about an accident from a safe distance; it was considerably worse, in my view, to know that an accident was about to take place and yet be unable to prevent it.
Model Answer 5
I want to tell you about a period in my life when I was really petrified. About ten years ago, we attended a wedding celebration because we had been invited. My parents had already left for the party by the time I had decided to stay the night at home. I had a terrible headache and was completely worn out. As soon as I got home, the first thing I wanted to do was go to sleep in my own bed.
Since the door wouldn't stop jamming and I wasn't in the mood to deal with it, I just tried to close it as best I could without locking it. After that, I went to bed with some medication. About half an hour later, I was woken up by a knock on the door. Since I wasn't feeling well, I disregarded whoever it was in the hopes that they'd go away and try again later... I guess I was wrong. A loud knocking sound could be heard on the door, and I could make out the sounds of someone walking up the stairs into the kitchen and a man's unfamiliar voice calling out a name. I summoned my nerve and spoke to them face-to-face.
I entered the kitchen immediately and saw a peculiar tall man in a bulky coat and a hat standing beside the fridge. He looked to be in his late forties at the most. Then he recognized me and asked if I knew where the individual was who's name he was shouting. Courageously, I confessed that I had no prior acquaintance with the man in question. When he merely apologized and left, I could finally take a deep breath of relief. First thing I did after he left was lock the door.
If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe an accident you have seen or heard about." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards as well:
- Describe a horrible accident you have witnessed.
- Describe a road accident you have seen or heard about.
- Describe a news that was sad for you.
- Describe a bad experience you have had in your life.
- Describe a negative experience you have had in your life.
- Describe an accident you have seen.
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