The occurrence of a car accident could result to a cascade of bad circumstances. This is why it’s so important to make safety your main priority. Initially, assess yourself and other passengers for possible injuries after the accident occur. When possible then you should proceed to check on the other individuals who were involved in the incident. Keep in mind movement should be lessened if the individual got accidental injuries.

There’s no need to move your car if it doesn’t affect safety in any means. The vehicles may be in a position that could be dangerous if left and in this case it is vital to try to move the vehicles to a safe area. Try to take images if possible before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely vital to the situation.

The first step should always be to contact the police. An unreported accident can become and extremely sticky situation. It is a far better idea to get a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer stating the most important parts of details. The information of the motorist is included in the accident report for the sake of the parties involved. The name of the motorist, the insurance provider, the policy number contact details, as well as the license number is included. It is extremely important to ensure that these are accumulated because they might be put in great usage afterwards. The specifics of the accident are vitally important that is why you need to collect them yourself if ever the police officer failed to supply you a duplicate of the report. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the maker and the plate numbers of the autos included should also be gathered.

Your insurance company is among the most important phone calls to make in the process of a car accident scenario. The car insurance company will take all of the details regarding the accident and be the go between for you and the other motorists included in the incident. If you intend to file a personal injury law suit, it is wise to call a reputable attorney that specializes in this matter. The lawyer will be able to fight for you and ensure that your best interests are looked out for ultimately. In order for you to be successful in your case, you need to equipped with all the knowledge about the case, and your attorney can guide you through out the process

Victoria Pynchon is an attorney-mediator and arbitrator. She is also a principal in the She Negotiates Consulting and Training firm for which her blog “She Negotiates” is named. In addition to writing for the Forbes.com legal blog “On the Docket,” Pynchon also authored the book “A is for A**hole, the Grownups' ABCs of Conflict Resolution.