It is very easy for a bad scenario to become worse with regards to a car accident. This only proves that safety must be on top of the list of the concerns. The very first thing that you must do after the accident happens is to check yourself and those in your automobile for injuries. When possible then you need to proceed to check on the other people who were involved in the accident. The movement of the people who have injuries should be minimized.

Leave your automobile in the right position of the incident if it’s not a safety concern. The vehicles may be in place that may be harmful if left and in this situation it is essential to try to move the automobiles to a secure place. Before anything is moved from its original position, make sure that you photographed the scene or note down vital information if cams are not accessible.

Contacting the police after the incident is the first thing that you need to do. It is essential to report the incident mainly because failure to do so will put you in a very sticky scenario. A law enforcement officer can help you in getting a detailed report about the incident. With regard to all of the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. The name of the motorist, the insurance company, the policy number contact information, as well as the license number is included. Make sure to check out and find out that this information has been filled in. The details of the accident are vitally important that is why you need to accumulate them yourself if ever the police officer failed to provide you a duplicate of the report. Additionally, you also need to collect particulars from all the cars involved in the incident such as the model, the manufacturer of the car, the plate number, the color, and the likes.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is essential to contact your insurance company. Aside from gathering the related details about the accident, the car insurance agency will also work as a mediator between you and other parties included in the incident. If you intend to file a personal injury law suit, it is wise to contact a trustworthy attorney that specializes in this issue. The chances of getting a advantageous settlement are higher if you are directed by expert lawyer. In order for you to be successful in your lawsuit, you need to equipped with all the information about the lawsuit, and your lawyer 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.