When a car accident occurs, situations can go from bad to even worse. This is why it is so essential to make safety your main priority. After the incident, assess yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. It’s also advisable to check out other people who are involved in the accident if possible. Make sure that anyone that may have accidental injuries moves as little as possible, and minimize your movement.

There’s no need to move your vehicle if it doesn’t affect safety in any ways. The vehicles may be in a position that may be harmful if left and in this situation it is important to try to move the vehicles to a secure place. Before anything is moved from its original position, make sure that you photographed the scene or pay attention to important details if cameras aren’t obtainable.

It is usually far better to call the police station first. An unreported incident can become and incredibly sticky situation. It is a far better idea to get a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer stating the main pieces of information. For the sake of all of the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. The name of the driver, the insurance provider, the policy number contact information, as well as the license number is included. Make sure that all these particulars are detailed because they are extremely important. The details are important so if the police officer does not provide you a duplicate of the report on scene than make sure to gather the information yourself. Also make sure to note the license plate number, maker, model, and color of all of the vehicles concerned.

Your insurance company is one of the most vital calls to make in the process of a car accident scenario. The car insurance company will serve as the mediator between you and other drivers who are included in the incident that is why they have to acquire all the related details. If you intend to file a personal injury law suit, it is advisable to contact a reputable attorney that focuses on this issue. The legal professional will ensure that your interests are safeguarded, and they will fight in your behalf for you to have an advantageous settlement. A seasoned legal professional has the knowledge and expertise that is needed to ensure that you are well led throughout the entire procedure, thus increasing your chances of getting a beneficial 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.