It is very easy for an awful situation to become worse when it comes to a car accident. This only proves that security has to be on the top of the list of the priorities. Initially, assess yourself and other travelers for possible injuries after the accident happen. It’s also wise to check other people who are involved in the incident if possible. Be sure that anyone that may have injuries moves as little as possible, and minimize your movement.

If it is not going to compromise your safety further, then leave your vehicle in the exact position of the incident. Then again, if the car is situated in a very risky area that may aggravate the situation further, then it is best to move it to a safer place. 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 important to the circumstance.

It is always far better to call the police station initially. It is important to report the incident simply because failure to do so will put you in a very sticky scenario. Getting the detailed report from a law enforcement officer is essential. Almost all incident reports will have a part where the motorist’s information is stipulated for all parties involved. This will include the name of the motorist, driver’s license number, contact details, insurance company, and policy number. Make sure to check out and see that this details has been filled out. The details of the incident are very important that is why you have to collect them yourself if ever the police officer failed to supply you a duplicate of the report. Also make sure to note the license plate number, maker, model, and color of all of the vehicles involved.

Insurance is vitally important when you had an accident, so be sure that you call your insurance provider. The car insurance company will serve as the mediator between you and other motorists who are involved in the incident that is why they have to accumulate all the related details. It is also a smart idea to contact a certified legal professional in order to have somebody who is well schooled in all of the regulations and rules that follow a personal injury law suit. The attorney will be able to fight for you and ensure that your best interests are looked out for in the long run. A seasoned lawyer has the know-how and expertise that’s required to ensure that you are well led throughout the entire procedure, thus increasing your chances of getting a advantageous outcome.

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.