It is very easy for a bad scenario to get worse when it comes to a car accident. Security must be prioritized to avoid such things. The first thing that you must do after the accident takes place is to examine yourself and those in your car for injuries. It’s also advisable to check out other individuals who are involved in the accident if at all possible. The movement of the people who have injuries needs to be minimized.

There is no need to move your vehicle if it doesn’t affect safety in any ways. Having said that, if the car is found in a very risky area that may aggravate the situation further, then it’s best to move it to a safer place. Try to take images when possible before anything is moved, but if not make notes of anything that you may think is even remotely vital to the situation.

It is usually best to call the police station first. It is essential to report the incident because failing to do this will put you in a very sticky scenario. Acquiring the thorough report from a police officer is essential. For the sake of all of the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. They would get the driver’s name, the contact information, the license number of the driver, the policy number as well as the insurance company. Ensure that all these particulars are listed because they are very important. The information of the incident are extremely important that is why you need to collect them yourself if ever the police officer failed to offer you a copy of the report. In addition, you also have to accumulate details from all the cars included in the accident such as the model, the maker of the vehicle, the plate number, the color, and so forth.

Insurance is vitally important when you had a car accident, so ensure that you contact your insurance provider. The car insurance company will get all of the information regarding the incident and be the go between for you and the other drivers included in the incident. Hiring the services of a legal professional that are experts in personal injury law suit is a very sensible move since scenarios like this will certainly lead to litigation. The lawyer will be able to fight for you and make sure that your best interests are looked out for ultimately. An expert lawyer has the knowledge and skills that is needed to make sure that you are well led throughout the entire process, thus boosting your possibilities of obtaining 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.