It is very easy for an awful situation to become even worse with regards to a car accident. Security should be prioritized to avoid such things. The first thing that you must do after the accident occurs is to assess yourself and those in your car for injuries. It’s also wise to check other people who are involved in the accident if possible. Ensure that anybody that may have accidental injuries moves as little as probable, and minimize your movement.

Leave your vehicle in the right position of the incident if it’s not a safety concern. It would be better to move the vehicle to a different area if it’s in a place that might trigger another accident. Take note of every important details before anything is moved, but if you have any device that can take photos, then photograph the scenario.

The first step should always be to contact the police. An unreported incident can become and extremely sticky situation. A police officer can aid you in getting a thorough report about the accident. Almost all incident reports will have a section where the motorist’s information is stipulated for all parties involved. They would obtain the driver’s name, the contact details, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance provider. It is very important to make certain that these are collected because they might be place in good use afterwards. Collect the information yourself if the police object to provide you a duplicate of the report because this is very critical. Also make sure to note the license plate number, maker, model, and color of all of the vehicles concerned.

Insurance is extremely important when you had an accident, so make sure that you contact your insurance company. The car insurance agency will take all of the details regarding the incident and be the go between for you and the other drivers included in the accident. It is also a smart idea to call a qualified legal professional in order to have someone who is well educated in all of the regulations and rules that follow a personal injury law suit. The possibilities of acquiring a favorable settlement are greater if you are directed by expert lawyer. An expert attorney has the know-how and skills that’s required to ensure that you are well led throughout the whole process, thus boosting your chances of obtaining 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.