It is very easy for a bad situation to become even worse with regards to a car accident. This is why it’s so important to make safety your top priority. The first thing that you must do after the accident takes place is to examine yourself and those in your auto for injuries. If at all possible then you should proceed to check on the other individuals who were involved in the accident. Ensure that anyone that may have accidental injuries moves as little as possible, and minimize your movement.

If it is not going to bargain your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the right position of the accident. The vehicles may be in a position that may be dangerous if left and in this situation it is important to try to move the vehicles to a secure place. Try to take photos when possible before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely important to the circumstance.

Calling the authorities after the incident is the first thing that you have to do. It would be hard for you to get out of the situation if it’s not reported. A law enforcement officer can help you in acquiring a thorough report about the accident. With regard to all of the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. They would acquire the driver’s name, the contact details, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance company. Make sure to check out and find out that this information has been filled out. The information is important so if the police officer does not present you a copy of the report on scene than be sure to accumulate the details yourself. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the maker and the plate numbers of the vehicles concerned should also be accumulated.

Your insurance agency is among the most vital phone calls to make in the process of a car accident scenario. The car insurance agency will take all of the information regarding the incident and be the go between for you and the other drivers involved in the incident. It is also a smart idea to call a certified legal professional in order to have somebody who is well educated in all of the rules and regulations that follow a personal injury law suit. The odds of getting a favorable settlement are higher if you are led by seasoned attorney. They will be able to teach you and direct you through the procedure in order to ensure that you will be able to get all of information that you’ll need 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 legal blog “On the Docket,” Pynchon also authored the book “A is for A**hole, the Grownups' ABCs of Conflict Resolution.