It is very easy for a bad scenario to get even worse with regards to a car accident. Security should be prioritized to avoid such things. The first thing that you should do after the accident occurs is to check yourself and those in your vehicle for injuries. It’s also wise to check out other individuals who are involved in the accident if at all possible. The movement of the people who have injuries should be lessened.

Leave your automobile in the right position of the accident if it’s not a safety concern. The vehicles may be in a position that could be dangerous if left and in this case it’s important to try to move the vehicles to a secure place. Note down every vital details before anything is moved, however if you have any device that can take images, then photograph the scenario.

The first step should always be to call the police. An unreported incident can become and extremely sticky situation. Having the thorough report from a law enforcement officer is very important. The information of the motorist is included in the accident report with regard to the parties involved. The name of the motorist, the insurance provider, the policy number contact details, as well as the license number is included. Make sure to check out and find out that this information has been completed. The details are critical so if the officer does not present you a duplicate of the report on scene than make sure to collect the details yourself. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the maker and the plate numbers of the vehicles involved should also be collected.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is important to call your insurance company. The car insurance company will serve as the mediator between you and other drivers who are involved in the incident that is why they need to obtain all the related details. Hiring the services of a lawyer that specializes in personal injury law suit is a very practical move since situations like this will certainly cause litigation. The lawyer will ensure that your interests are protected, and they will fight in your behalf for you to get an advantageous arrangement. A seasoned lawyer has the know-how and expertise that’s required to ensure that you are well guided throughout the entire procedure, thus increasing your possibilities of obtaining 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.