It is very easy for a bad situation to get even worse when it comes to a car accident. This only proves that security must be on the top of the list of your priorities. The first thing that you should do after the accident occurs is to assess yourself and those in your car for injuries. It’s also advisable to check other people who are involved in the incident if at all possible. Keep in mind movement needs to be lessened if the person got accidental injuries.

There’s no need to move your car if it doesn’t affect safety in any means. The vehicles may be in a position that may be dangerous if left and in this situation it’s important to try to move the vehicles to a secure area. Try to take images if at all possible just before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely essential to the situation.

It is usually best to call the police station first. It is important to report the incident because failure to do so will put you in a very sticky scenario. It’s a much better idea to have a report that is written up by a law enforcement officer documenting the important parts of details. 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 details, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance company. Ensure that all these particulars are outlined because they are very important. The information of the accident are extremely important that is why you need to gather them yourself if ever the police officer failed to offer you a copy of the report. The color, the plate numbers, the model, the manufacturer and the plate numbers of the autos included should also be accumulated.

Insurance is very important when you had a car accident, so be sure that you call your insurance provider. The car insurance company will function as the mediator between you and other drivers who are involved in the incident that is why they have to obtain all the related information. It is also a great idea to contact a certified legal professional in order to have somebody who is well educated in all of the regulations and rules that follow a physical injury law suit. The possibilities of acquiring a favorable settlement are greater if you are directed by expert lawyer. They will be able to educate you and direct you through the process in order to ensure that you will be able to acquire all of details that you’ll 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.