The occurrence of a car accident could cause a cascade of regrettable circumstances. This only proves that security must be on top of the list of the concerns. After the incident, check yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. You should also check other people who are involved in the accident if possible. Be sure that anybody that may have injuries moves as little as possible, and minimize your movement.

If it’s not going to compromise your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the right position of the accident. The vehicles may be in place 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 crucial information if cams are not accessible.

Calling the authorities after the accident is the very first thing that you have to do. It’s vital to report the incident simply because failing to do this will put you in a very sticky situation. Getting the thorough report from a police officer is very important. For the sake of all of the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included in most accident reports. The name of the motorist, the insurance company, the policy number contact information, as well as the license number is included. Be sure to check out and find out that this information has been completed. Gather the details yourself if the police refuse to furnish you a duplicate of the report because this is very important. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the manufacturer and the plate numbers of the automobiles concerned should also be gathered.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is essential to call your insurance provider. The car insurance company will get all of the information regarding the incident and be the go between for you and the other motorists involved in the incident. It is also a smart idea to contact a certified lawyer in order to have someone who is well schooled in all of the rules and regulations that follow a physical injury law suit. The legal professional will be able to fight for you and ensure that your best interests are looked out for in the long run. They will be able to educate you and direct you through the process in order to make sure that you will be able to acquire 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.