The existence of a car accident could lead to a cascade of regrettable circumstances. This only proves that security must be on the top of the list of your priorities. The first thing that you should do after the accident happens is to assess yourself and those in your automobile for injuries. If other people are involved in the incident, then you should also try examining their condition. The movement of the people who have accidental injuries must be lessened.

If it’s not going to bargain your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the right position of the accident. Nonetheless, if the car is located in a really dangerous area that may worsen the situation further, then it is better to move it to a safer place. Before anything is moved from its original position, make sure that you photographed the scene or note down important information if cams are not accessible.

It is usually better to call the police station initially. It is important to report the incident because failure to do this will put you in a very sticky scenario. Acquiring the complete report from a police officer is essential. For the sake of all of the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included in most accident reports. This will include the name of the motorist, driver’s license number, contact information, insurance provider, and policy number. See to it that all these particulars are detailed because they are extremely important. Collect the information yourself if the police refuse to furnish you a copy of the report because this is very critical. Additionally, you also have to gather information from all the cars involved in the incident such as the model, the manufacturer of the car, the plate number, the color, and so on.

Your insurance company is one of the most essential phone calls to make in the process of a car accident situation. Aside from gathering the relevant information about the incident, the car insurance company will also function as a mediator between you and other parties involved in the accident. Employing the services of a lawyer that specializes in personal injury law suit is a very practical move since scenarios like this will certainly lead to litigation. The attorney will be able to fight for you and assure that your best interests are looked out for eventually. A seasoned attorney has the know-how and expertise that’s required to ensure that you are well led throughout the entire procedure, thus boosting your possibilities of getting a advantageous result.

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.