The existence of a car accident could result to a cascade of unfortunate circumstances. Security must be prioritized to prevent such things. Initially, check yourself and other passengers for probable injuries after the incident take place. If other people are involved in the incident, then you should also try assessing their condition. Keep in mind movement must be minimized if the individual got accidental injuries.

If it is not going to bargain your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the right place of the accident. However, if the car is found in a very dangerous area that may aggravate the situation further, then it’s better to move it to a much safer place. Try to take photos when possible before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely essential to the circumstance.

The initial step should always be to contact the police. It is important to report the incident simply because failing to do so will put you in a very sticky scenario. It is a much better idea to get a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer documenting the main pieces of information. The information of the motorist is included in the accident report with regard to the parties involved. They would have the driver’s name, the contact information, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance company. Be sure to check and find out that this information has been completed. The details are critical so if the police officer does not give you a duplicate of the report on scene than make sure to collect the details yourself. Additionally, you also need to collect details from all the vehicles involved in the accident such as the model, the maker of the automobile, the plate number, the color, and so forth.

Your insurance company is among the most important phone calls to make in the process of a car accident scenario. The car insurance company will work as the mediator between you and other motorists who are included in the incident that is why they have to acquire all the related details. If you intend to file a physical injury law suit, it is wise to contact a reputable attorney that specializes in this issue. The legal professional will assure that your interests are guarded, and they will fight in your part for you to get an advantageous arrangement. They will be able to instruct you and guide you through the procedure in order to make sure that you will be able to get all of details that you’ll want 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.