When a car accident occurs, cases can go from bad to worse. Security must be prioritized to prevent such things. After the incident, assess yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. You should also check out other people who are involved in the accident if possible. Keep in mind movement should be minimized if the individual got accidental injuries.

If it is not going to compromise your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the right place of the accident. The vehicles may be in a position that could be harmful if left and in this case it is important to try to move the vehicles to a secure place. Take note of every important details before anything is moved, however if you have any device that can take photos, then shoot the scene.

Contacting the police after the incident is the very first thing that you have to do. An unreported accident can become and extremely sticky situation. Having the complete report from a law enforcement officer is very important. Almost all accident reports will have a section where the motorist’s information is stated for all parties involved. This will include the name of the motorist, driver’s license number, contact details, insurance provider, and policy number. Be sure that all these details are detailed because they are very important. The information of the accident are vitally important that is why you have to collect them yourself if ever the police officer failed to offer you a duplicate of the report. Moreover, you also need to accumulate particulars from all the cars involved in the incident such as the model, the manufacturer of the car, the plate number, the color, and so on.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is important to call your insurance provider. The car insurance company will take all of the details regarding the accident and be the go between for you and the other drivers involved in the accident. Employing the services of a lawyer that specializes in personal injury law suit is a very practical move since situations like this will certainly lead to litigation. The attorney will be able to fight for you and ensure that your best interests are looked out for ultimately. In order for you to be successful in your case, you have to equipped with all the knowledge about the case, and your attorney can guide you through out the procedure.

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.