When a car accident takes place, scenarios can go from bad to worse. This simply proves that security should be on top of the list of the concerns. The first thing that you must do after the accident occurs is to assess yourself and those in your auto for injuries. If possible then you should proceed to check on the other individuals who were involved in the accident. The movement of the individuals who have injuries needs to be minimized.

There’s no need to move your car if it doesn’t affect safety in any means. The vehicles may be in a position that could be harmful if left and in this situation it is essential to try to move the vehicles to a secure area. Before anything is moved from its original position, ensure that you photographed the scene or note down important information if cameras are not obtainable.

The initial step should always be to call the police. It is essential to report the incident simply because failure to do this will put you in a very sticky situation. It is a far better idea to get a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer documenting the most important pieces of information. The information of the motorist is included in the accident report for the sake of the parties involved. They would have 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 see that this information has been completed. The information of the incident are extremely important that is why you have to collect them yourself if ever the officer failed to give you a copy of the report. Furthermore, you also have to collect information from all the autos included in the incident such as the model, the maker of the automobile, the plate number, the color, and so on.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is advisable to contact your insurance company. Aside from acquiring the related information about the accident, the car insurance company will also function as a mediator between you and other parties involved in the incident. If you plan to file a physical injury law suit, it’s best to contact a reputable attorney that specializes in this matter. The legal professional will be able to fight for you and ensure that your best interests are looked out for eventually. They will be able to educate you and guide you through the process in order to be sure that you will be able to acquire all of details 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.