It is very easy for an awful situation to become worse when it comes to a car accident. This is why it’s so essential to make safety your main priority. After the incident, evaluate yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. You should also check other individuals who are involved in the incident if possible. The movement of the individuals who have accidental injuries should be lessened.

There is no need to move your car if it doesn’t affect security in any ways. The vehicles may be in place that could be harmful if left and in this situation it is essential to try to move the vehicles to a safe place. Before anything is moved from its original position, make sure that you photographed the scene or note down vital information if cams aren’t available.

It is always better to call the police station initially. It would be hard for you to get out of the situation if it is not reported. A police officer can help you in acquiring a thorough report regarding the accident. For the sake of all of the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. This will include the name of the motorist, driver’s license number, contact information, insurance company, and policy number. Make sure to check out and find out that this information has been filled out. The details are critical so if the officer does not present you a duplicate of the report on scene than be sure to collect the details yourself. Additionally, you also have to gather particulars from all the cars included in the incident such as the model, the maker of the vehicle, the plate number, the color, and so forth.

Insurance is very important when you had a car accident, so make sure that you call your insurance company. Aside from accumulating the relevant information about the incident, the car insurance agency will also serve as a mediator between you and other parties involved in the accident. If you plan to file a personal injury law suit, it is best to contact a reputable legal professional that specializes in this issue. The possibilities of acquiring a advantageous negotiation are greater if you are led by seasoned legal professional. A skilled legal professional has the knowledge and skills that’s required to make certain that you are well led throughout the entire process, thus boosting your chances 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.