The occurrence of a car accident could cause a cascade of bad situations. This simply proves that security has to be on top of the list of your priorities. The first thing that you should do after the accident takes place is to examine yourself and those in your automobile for injuries. You should also check out other individuals who are involved in the accident if at all possible. Be sure that anyone that may have injuries moves as little as probable, and minimize your movement.

If it is not going to compromise your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the right position of the incident. Then again, if the car is found in a really dangerous area that may aggravate the situation further, then it’s best to move it to a much safer place. Note down every crucial details before anything is moved, but if you have any device that can take images, then photograph the scene.

The initial step should always be to call the police. It is essential to report the incident mainly because failure to do so will put you in a very sticky scenario. It is a much better idea to get a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer stating the important pieces of information. The information of the motorist is included in the accident report with regard to the parties involved. This will include the name of the driver, driver’s license number, contact details, insurance provider, and policy number. See to it that all these particulars are listed because they are extremely important. The details of the incident are very important that is why you have to accumulate them yourself if ever the officer failed to give you a duplicate of the report. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the manufacturer and the plate numbers of the automobiles involved should also be collected.

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 work as a mediator between you and other parties involved in the accident. It is also a great idea to call a qualified attorney in order to have someone who is well schooled in all of the rules and regulations that follow a personal injury law suit. The chances of acquiring a favorable negotiation are higher if you are directed by seasoned lawyer. They will be able to teach you and guide you through the process in order to be sure that you will be able to get all of information that you’ll want 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.