It is very easy for a bad situation to get even worse with regards to a car accident. This is why it is so important to make safety your top priority. The very first thing that you must do after the accident occurs is to check yourself and those in your car for injuries. If other individuals are involved in the incident, then you need to also try examining their state. Be sure that anyone that may have injuries moves as little as probable, and minimize your movement.

Leave your automobile in the right position of the incident if it’s not a safety concern. It would be far better to move the vehicle to a different area if it is in a position that might trigger another accident. Try to take photos if possible just before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely vital to the situation.

Contacting the authorities after the accident is the first thing that you have to do. It’s vital to report the incident mainly because failure to do this will put you in a very sticky scenario. It is a far better idea to have a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer stating the main parts of information. The information of the motorist is included in the accident report with regard to the parties involved. The name of the motorist, the insurance company, the policy number contact information, as well as the license number is included. Make sure that all these details are listed because they are very important. The details are critical so if the officer does not give you a duplicate of the report on scene than be sure to accumulate the details yourself. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the manufacturer and the plate numbers of the automobiles included should also be gathered.

If you get involved in a car accident, it is important to call your insurance company. Aside from accumulating the relevant details about the incident, the car insurance agency will also serve as a mediator between you and other parties included in the incident. If you plan to file a personal injury law suit, it’s best to contact a dependable lawyer that specializes in this matter. The lawyer will be able to fight for you and ensure that your best interests are looked out for ultimately. They will be capable to educate you and guide you through the process in order to make sure that you will be able to obtain all of details that you will need 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.