When a car accident takes place, circumstances can go from bad to worse. Security must be prioritized to prevent such things. After the incident, evaluate yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. It’s also advisable to check out other individuals who are involved in the accident if possible. Keep in mind movement needs to be minimized if the individual had accidental injuries.

Leave your vehicle in the exact place of the accident if it’s not a safety concern. It would be best to move the vehicle to another area if it’s in a position that might trigger another accident. Try to take images if at all possible just before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely vital to the situation.

It is usually far better to contact the police station first. It would be difficult for you to get out of the situation if it’s not reported. A police officer can assist you in obtaining a thorough report about the incident. For the sake of all the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. They would acquire the driver’s name, the contact details, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance provider. It is really important to make sure that these are collected because they might be put in good use afterwards. Accumulate the details yourself if the police object to provide you a copy of the report because this is very critical. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the manufacturer and the plate numbers of the automobiles included should also be collected.

Insurance is very important when you had an accident, so be sure that you call your insurance provider. The car insurance company will function as the mediator between you and other motorists who are included in the incident that is why they need to gather all the relevant information. It is also a smart idea to contact a certified attorney in order to have somebody who is well schooled in all of the rules and regulations that follow a personal injury law suit. The lawyer will make sure that your interests are protected, and they will fight in your behalf for you to have an advantageous arrangement. An expert legal professional has the know-how and skills that’s required to make sure that you are well guided throughout the entire procedure, thus boosting your possibilities of having a beneficial outcome.

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.