When a car accident takes place, cases can go from bad to worse. This only proves that safety has to be on top of the list of the concerns. Initially, assess yourself and other passengers for probable injuries after the accident occur. It’s also wise to check out other individuals who are involved in the accident if at all possible. The movement of the people who have accidental injuries must be minimized.

Leave your vehicle in the exact position of the accident if it is not a safety concern. The vehicles may be in place that may be dangerous if left and in this situation it’s important to try to move the automobiles to a secure place. Before anything is moved from its original position, make sure that you photographed the scene or note down crucial details if cams are not accessible.

It’s always better to call the police station first. It is important to report the incident because failure to do so will put you in a very sticky situation. A police officer can assist you in getting a detailed report regarding the accident. 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. It is very important to make sure that these are collected because they might be put in good use afterwards. The specifics of the accident are extremely important that is why you need to accumulate them yourself if ever the officer failed to offer you a copy of the report. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the maker and the plate numbers of the vehicles included should also be gathered.

Your insurance agency is one of the most essential phone calls to make in the process of a car accident scenario. The car insurance company will get all of the details regarding the incident and be the go between for you and the other motorists involved in the incident. If you intend to file a personal injury law suit, it is wise to contact a trustworthy lawyer that focuses on this matter. The attorney will be able to fight for you and ensure that your best interests are looked out for ultimately. They will be able to educate you and direct you through the process in order to make sure that you will be able to have all of information that you’ll want 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 Forbes.com legal blog “On the Docket,” Pynchon also authored the book “A is for A**hole, the Grownups' ABCs of Conflict Resolution.