It is very easy for a bad scenario to become worse when it comes to a car accident. This is why it is so essential to make safety your top priority. After the accident, check yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. If other people are involved in the accident, then you should also try assessing their state. Bear in mind movement should be lessened if the person had injuries.

Leave your automobile in the exact place of the incident if it’s not a safety concern. It would be best to move the car to a different area if it’s in a position that might cause another accident. Try to take pictures if possible before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely essential to the situation.

It is usually far better to call the police station first. An unreported incident can become and extremely sticky situation. A law enforcement officer can aid you in obtaining a detailed report about the accident. For the sake of all of the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. They would have the driver’s name, the contact information, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance provider. It is very important to make certain that these are collected because they might be place in good usage later. The information is critical so if the officer does not present you a duplicate of the report on scene than make sure to collect the information yourself. Moreover, you also have to collect details from all the automobiles involved in the incident such as the model, the maker of the automobile, the plate number, the color, and the likes.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is advisable to call your insurance provider. The car insurance company will take all of the details regarding the incident and be the go between for you and the other drivers involved in the incident. It is also a good idea to contact a certified legal professional in order to have someone who is well schooled in all of the regulations and rules that follow a personal injury law suit. The odds of obtaining a advantageous settlement are greater if you are guided by seasoned lawyer. An expert attorney has the knowledge and expertise that’s required to make sure that you are well guided throughout the entire procedure, thus increasing your chances of having a advantageous 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.