It is very easy for an awful scenario to get worse when it comes to a car accident. This is why it is so essential to make safety your main priority. The first thing that you should do after the accident happens is to assess yourself and those in your vehicle for injuries. If other people are involved in the accident, then you should also try examining their condition. Bear in mind movement should be lessened if the individual got accidental injuries.

If it is not going to compromise your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the exact place of the accident. However, if the car is located in a very risky area that may worsen the situation further, then it’s far better to move it to a safer place. Try to take pictures if at all possible before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely vital to the situation.

The first step should always be to contact the police. It would be difficult for you to get out of the situation if it is not reported. Getting the thorough report from a police officer is vital. With regard to all of the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. This will include the name of the motorist, driver’s license number, contact information, insurance provider, and policy number. It is vitally important to ensure that these are accumulated because they might be put in great usage later. The specifics of the incident are very important that is why you have to collect them yourself if ever the police officer failed to provide you a copy of the report. Moreover, you also have to collect information from all the cars included in the incident such as the model, the maker of the car, the plate number, the color, and the likes.

Insurance is very important when you had an accident, so ensure that you call your insurance provider. The car insurance agency will serve as the mediator between you and other motorists who are involved in the accident that is why they have to obtain all the related details. Employing the services of a legal professional that are experts in personal injury law suit is a very practical move since scenarios like this will certainly lead to litigation. The legal professional will be able to fight for you and ensure that your best interests are looked out for ultimately. In order for you to be successful in your lawsuit, you need to equipped with all the information about the lawsuit, and your attorney can direct you through out the procedure.

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.