When a car accident takes place, scenarios can go from bad to even worse. Security should be prioritized to avoid such things. After the accident, evaluate yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. It’s also wise to check other individuals who are involved in the accident if possible. The movement of the individuals who have injuries needs to be minimized.

If it’s not going to bargain your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the proper place of the incident. It would be better to move the car to a different area if it’s in a position that might trigger 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 vital to the situation.

It is usually best to call the police station initially. An unreported accident can become and incredibly sticky situation. Having the thorough report from a police officer is really important. With regard to all the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. The name of the driver, the insurance provider, the policy number contact details, as well as the license number is incorporated. It is very important to make certain that these are accumulated because they might be place in great use later. The details of the accident are extremely important that is why you need to accumulate them yourself if ever the police officer failed to provide you a duplicate of the report. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the manufacturer and the plate numbers of the vehicles involved should also be collected.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is important to contact your insurance company. The car insurance company will serve as the mediator between you and other drivers who are involved in the accident that is why they have to acquire all the relevant details. It is also a great idea to call a certified lawyer in order to have someone who is well trained in all of the regulations and rules that follow a personal injury law suit. The lawyer will be able to fight for you and ensure that your best interests are looked out for eventually. They will be able to educate you and direct you through the procedure in order to be sure that you will be able to obtain all of information 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.