It is very easy for an awful scenario to get worse when it comes to a car accident. This is why it’s so essential to make safety your main priority. The very first thing that you should do after the accident happens is to examine yourself and those in your automobile for injuries. If other individuals are involved in the accident, then you need to also try assessing their condition. Make sure that anybody that may have injuries moves as little as possible, and minimize your movement.

There’s no need to move your vehicle if it doesn’t affect safety in any ways. It would be best to move the vehicle to another area if it’s in a position that might cause another accident. Before anything is moved from its original position, ensure that you photographed the scene or take note of important information if cameras are not available.

The first step should always be to contact the police. It would be hard for you to get out of the situation if it is not reported. A law enforcement officer can assist you in acquiring a thorough report regarding the incident. 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 driver, driver’s license number, contact details, insurance company, and policy number. Make sure to check and see that this details has been filled out. The details of the accident are very important that is why you have to accumulate them yourself if ever the officer failed to supply you a copy of the report. Moreover, you also have to accumulate details from all the autos involved in the accident 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 contact your insurance provider. Aside from gathering the related information about the incident, the car insurance agency will also function as a mediator between you and other parties included in the incident. Employing the services of a lawyer that are experts in personal injury law suit is a very practical move since situations like this will certainly cause litigation. The lawyer will be able to fight for you and assure that your best interests are looked out for eventually. They will be able to teach you and direct you through the procedure in order to make sure that you will be able to acquire all of details that you will 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.