When a car accident happens, situations can go from bad to worse. Safety must be prioritized to avoid such things. The first thing that you should do after the accident takes place is to examine yourself and those in your auto for injuries. It’s also advisable to check out other people who are involved in the accident if at all possible. Be sure that anybody that may have accidental injuries moves as little as probable, and minimize your movement.

There is no need to move your vehicle if it doesn’t affect security in any ways. The vehicles may be in place that may be dangerous if left and in this situation it’s important to try to move the automobiles to a secure place. Before anything is moved from its original position, ensure that you photographed the scene or note down crucial information if cams are not obtainable.

Calling the police after the accident is the first thing that you need to do. An unreported incident can become and extremely sticky situation. It is a much better idea to have a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer documenting the main pieces of information. With regard to all the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. They would acquire the driver’s name, the contact information, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance company. Be sure to check out and find out that this information has been filled in. Accumulate the information yourself if the police refuse to provide you a copy of the report because this is very critical. Furthermore, you also have to accumulate information from all the cars included in the incident such as the model, the manufacturer of the automobile, the plate number, the color, and the likes.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is important to call your insurance provider. The car insurance company will get all of the information regarding the incident and be the go between for you and the other motorists involved in the accident. It is also a smart idea to call a certified lawyer in order to have someone who is well schooled in all of the rules and regulations that follow a personal injury law suit. The legal professional will be able to fight for you and assure that your best interests are looked out for in the long run. They will be capable to instruct you and direct you through the process in order to ensure that you will be able to get all of details 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.