It is very easy for an awful situation to get even worse with regards to a car accident. This is why it is so essential to make safety your top priority. The very first thing that you must do after the accident occurs is to assess yourself and those in your automobile for injuries. If possible then you need to proceed to check on the other people who were involved in the incident. The movement of the individuals who have injuries should be minimized.

Leave your vehicle in the exact place of the accident if it’s not a safety concern. The vehicles may be in place that could be harmful if left and in this case it’s important to try to move the automobiles to a secure area. Note down every vital details before anything is moved, but if you have any device that can take images, then photograph the scenario.

The initial step should always be to call the police. It is important to report the incident simply because failure to do this will put you in a very sticky scenario. It is a much better idea to get a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer stating the most important parts of information. The information of the motorist is included in the accident report for the sake of the parties involved. They would acquire the driver’s name, the contact details, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance provider. See to it that all these particulars are detailed because they are vitally important. The details of the accident are very important that is why you have to collect them yourself if ever the officer failed to offer you a duplicate of the report. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the manufacturer and the plate numbers of the autos involved should also be accumulated.

Your insurance agency is one of the most important calls to make in the process of a car accident situation. Aside from gathering the relevant information about the accident, the car insurance company will also function as a mediator between you and other parties involved in the incident. It is also a good idea to call a certified attorney in order to have somebody who is well educated in all of the rules and regulations that follow a personal injury law suit. The attorney will make sure that your interests are safeguarded, and they will fight in your part for you to have an advantageous settlement. A seasoned legal professional has the knowledge and skills that’s required to make certain that you are well led throughout the whole process, thus boosting your possibilities of having a advantageous result.

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.