When a car accident takes place, circumstances can go from bad to even worse. This simply proves that security has to be on top of the list of the concerns. After the incident, assess yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. If possible then you need to proceed to check on the other people who were involved in the accident. The movement of the individuals who have injuries should be minimized.

There is no need to move your vehicle if it doesn’t affect security in any ways. It would be far better to move the car to another area if it is in a place that might cause another accident. Note down every crucial details before anything is moved, but if you have any device that can take photos, then shoot the scene.

Contacting the authorities after the accident is the first thing that you need to do. It would be difficult for you to escape from the situation if it is not reported. A law enforcement officer can assist you in getting a detailed report regarding the incident. For the sake of all of the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included in most accident reports. They would acquire the driver’s name, the contact information, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance provider. Be sure that all these details are detailed because they are vitally important. The information is critical so if the police officer does not provide you a duplicate of the report on scene than be sure to collect the information yourself. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the maker and the plate numbers of the vehicles concerned should also be collected.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is advisable to contact your insurance provider. The car insurance agency will work as the mediator between you and other drivers who are included in the accident that is why they have to accumulate all the related information. Hiring the services of a lawyer that specializes in personal injury law suit is a very practical move since situations like this will certainly lead to litigation. The possibilities of acquiring a favorable negotiation are higher if you are directed by seasoned lawyer. They will be capable to educate you and direct you through the procedure in order to ensure that you will be able to have all of details that you’ll want in order to be able to successfully proceed with your law suit.

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.