It is very easy for an awful scenario to become even worse with regards to a car accident. Safety should be prioritized to prevent such things. The first thing that you should do after the accident takes place is to assess yourself and those in your automobile for injuries. If other individuals are involved in the accident, then you need to also try assessing their condition. Ensure that anyone that may have injuries moves as little as possible, and minimize your movement.

There is no need to move your vehicle if it doesn’t affect security in any ways. Then again, if the car is found in a really dangerous area that may aggravate the situation further, then it is better to move it to a much safer place. Try to take images if at all possible before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely essential to the situation.

It is usually better to contact the police station initially. An unreported incident can become and incredibly sticky situation. Acquiring the thorough report from a law enforcement officer is extremely important. The information of the motorist is included in the accident report for the sake of the parties involved. This will include the name of the motorist, driver’s license number, contact details, insurance company, and policy number. Be sure to check out and find out that this details has been completed. The information of the accident are very important that is why you need to accumulate them yourself if ever the officer failed to give you a copy of the report. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the maker and the plate numbers of the vehicles involved should also be gathered.

Insurance is vitally important when you had a car accident, so make sure that you call your insurance company. Aside from gathering the relevant information about the accident, the car insurance company will also work as a mediator between you and other parties involved in the accident. If you plan to file a physical injury law suit, it is best to contact a trustworthy attorney that focuses on this issue. The attorney will make sure that your interests are guarded, and they will fight in your behalf for you to acquire an advantageous negotiation. An expert attorney has the know-how and skills that’s required to ensure that you are well guided throughout the whole process, thus increasing your chances of acquiring a advantageous outcome.

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.