It is very easy for an awful scenario to become even worse when it comes to a car accident. Safety needs to be prioritized to avoid such things. The first thing that you must do after the accident takes place is to check yourself and those in your car for injuries. It’s also wise to check out other people who are involved in the accident if at all possible. The movement of the individuals who have injuries should be lessened.

Leave your automobile in the right place of the incident if it is not a safety concern. On the other hand, if the car is located in a very risky area that may aggravate the situation further, then it is best to move it to a safer place. Take note of every important details before anything is moved, but if you have any device that can take pictures, then photograph the scenario.

Contacting the authorities after the accident is the first thing that you have to do. It would be difficult for you to get out of the situation if it’s not reported. Acquiring the detailed report from a law enforcement officer is essential. Most incident reports will have a part where the motorist’s information is stipulated for all parties involved. This will include the name of the driver, driver’s license number, contact information, insurance company, and policy number. It is very important to make sure that these are collected because they might be place in great use later. The information of the accident are extremely important that is why you have to accumulate them yourself if ever the police officer failed to offer you a copy of the report. Also be sure to note the license plate number, maker, model, and color of all of the autos concerned.

Your insurance agency is among the most vital phone calls to make in the process of a car accident situation. The car insurance company will take all of the information regarding the accident and be the go between for you and the other motorists included in the accident. If you plan to file a physical injury law suit, it is wise to contact a reputable legal professional that specializes in this matter. The legal professional will assure that your interests are protected, and they will fight in your behalf for you to acquire an advantageous negotiation. A seasoned attorney has the know-how and expertise that’s required to ensure that you are well guided throughout the entire process, thus increasing your chances 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.