When a car accident happens, circumstances can go from bad to worse. Security should be prioritized to prevent such things. Initially, check yourself and other travelers for possible injuries after the incident take place. It’s also advisable to check out other individuals who are involved in the incident if at all possible. Be sure that anybody that may have accidental injuries moves as little as probable, and minimize your movement.

If it’s not going to compromise your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the exact position of the incident. The vehicles may be in place that may be harmful if left and in this situation it’s important to try to move the automobiles to a safe area. Before anything is moved from its original position, ensure that you photographed the scene or take note of crucial information if cams are not obtainable.

It’s always best to call the police station initially. It’s vital to report the incident because failure to do this will put you in a very sticky scenario. Getting the detailed report from a police officer is really important. The information of the motorist is included in the accident report with regard to the parties involved. This will include the name of the motorist, driver’s license number, contact details, insurance company, and policy number. Make sure to check out and find out that this information has been filled in. Collect the information yourself if the police refuse to give you a copy of the report because this is very critical. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the manufacturer and the plate numbers of the automobiles concerned should also be accumulated.

Your insurance agency is one of the most vital calls to make in the process of a car accident scenario. Aside from gathering the related details about the incident, the car insurance company will also work as a mediator between you and other parties included in the incident. Hiring the services of a lawyer that are experts in personal injury law suit is a very sensible action since situations like this will certainly lead to litigation. The lawyer will ensure that your interests are guarded, and they will fight in your part for you to get an advantageous settlement. A seasoned legal professional has the knowledge and expertise that is needed to ensure that you are well guided throughout the whole process, thus increasing your possibilities of acquiring a beneficial 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.