It is very easy for a bad situation to get worse with regards to a car accident. This is why it is so essential to make safety your top priority. Initially, examine yourself and other passengers for probable injuries after the incident take place. You should also check other people who are involved in the incident if possible. The movement of the people who have injuries needs to be lessened.

There’s no need to move your vehicle if it doesn’t affect safety in any means. It would be far better to move the car to a different area if it’s in a place that might cause another accident. Try to take pictures when possible before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely vital to the situation.

Calling the police after the incident is the very first thing that you have to do. An unreported incident can become and incredibly sticky situation. It is a much better idea to have a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer documenting the most important parts of details. Almost all accident reports will have a section where the motorist’s information is stipulated for all parties involved. This will include the name of the motorist, driver’s license number, contact information, insurance provider, and policy number. Make sure to check out and see that this details has been completed. Gather the details yourself if the police refuse to furnish you a duplicate of the report because this is very important. Moreover, you also need to gather information from all the automobiles included in the accident such as the model, the manufacturer of the vehicle, the plate number, the color, and the likes.

Insurance is extremely important when you had a car accident, so make sure that you contact your insurance provider. Aside from accumulating the related details about the accident, the car insurance company will also function as a mediator between you and other parties involved in the incident. If you intend to file a personal injury law suit, it is best to call a reputable attorney that focuses on this issue. The possibilities of obtaining a advantageous settlement are greater if you are directed by expert legal professional. They will be able to educate you and direct you through the procedure in order to make sure that you will be able to have all of information that you’ll want in order to be able to properly 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.