It is very easy for a bad 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 occurs is to examine yourself and those in your vehicle for injuries. You should also check other individuals who are involved in the accident if at all possible. Make sure that anyone that may have 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 proper place of the accident. The vehicles may be in a position that could be dangerous if left and in this situation it is vital 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 pay attention to important details if cams are not available.

Calling the authorities after the accident is the very first thing that you need to do. It would be difficult for you to escape from the situation if it’s not reported. It is a much better idea to get a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer documenting the main pieces of details. Nearly all incident reports will have a part where the motorist’s information is stipulated for all parties involved. This will include the name of the motorist, driver’s license number, contact details, insurance company, and policy number. It is really important to ensure that these are gathered because they might be put in great utilization later. The details are critical so if the officer does not give you a duplicate of the report on scene than be sure to collect the information yourself. Additionally, you also need to gather details from all the autos involved in the accident such as the model, the maker of the car, the plate number, the color, and so on.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is important to call your insurance company. Aside from gathering the relevant information about the incident, the car insurance company will also work as a mediator between you and other parties included in the accident. It is also a great idea to call a qualified lawyer in order to have someone who is well schooled in all of the rules and regulations that follow a personal injury law suit. The chances of getting a advantageous negotiation are greater if you are guided by seasoned legal professional. They will be able to teach you and guide you through the process in order to ensure that you will be able to acquire all of details that you’ll need in order to be able to successfully 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.