It is very easy for a bad situation to become even worse when it comes to a car accident. Security must be prioritized to prevent such things. After the accident, evaluate yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. If at all possible then you need to proceed to check on the other people who were involved in the accident. Keep in mind movement should be lessened if the individual had injuries.

If it’s not going to compromise your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the right place of the accident. Nonetheless, if the car is located in a really dangerous area that may aggravate the situation further, then it is best to move it to a much safer place. Note down every vital details before anything is moved, however if you have any device that can take pictures, then photograph the scenario.

The first step should always be to call the police. It would be hard for you to escape from the situation if it is not reported. Acquiring the complete report from a law enforcement officer is very important. For the sake of all the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. They would get the driver’s name, the contact details, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance provider. Be sure to check and see that this information has been filled in. The specifics of the accident are vitally important that is why you have to collect them yourself if ever the police officer failed to supply you a copy of the report. Also be sure to note the license plate number, maker, model, and color of all of the cars involved.

Insurance is vitally important when you had an accident, so make sure that you call your insurance provider. The car insurance company will get all of the details regarding the incident and be the go between for you and the other motorists involved in the accident. If you intend to file a physical injury law suit, it is advisable to contact a reputable attorney that focuses on this matter. The lawyer will make sure that your interests are protected, and they will fight in your part for you to acquire an advantageous arrangement. They will be able to instruct you and direct you through the process in order to be sure that you will be able to have all of details that you’ll need 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.