The occurrence of a car accident could lead to a cascade of regrettable circumstances. This only shows that safety should be on the top of the list of your concerns. After the incident, check yourself and your passenger if injuries were sustained. It’s also wise to check other people who are involved in the incident if possible. The movement of the people who have injuries must be minimized.

Leave your automobile in the exact place of the incident if it’s not a safety concern. The vehicles may be in a position that could be harmful if left and in this case it is essential to try to move the vehicles to a safe area. Before anything is moved from its original position, make sure that you photographed the scene or take note of vital details if cameras are not obtainable.

It’s always better to call the police station initially. An unreported accident can become and extremely sticky scenario. A police officer can aid you in getting a comprehensive report about the incident. With regard to all the parties involved, the motorist’s information is included generally in most accident reports. The name of the driver, the insurance company, the policy number contact information, as well as the license number is incorporated. Be sure to check out and see that this information has been filled out. The information is important so if the police officer does not provide you a copy of the report on scene than make sure to accumulate the information yourself. Furthermore, you also need to collect particulars from all the vehicles included in the incident such as the model, the manufacturer of the car, the plate number, the color, and so forth.

Insurance is vitally important when you had a car accident, so see to it that you contact your insurance provider. The car insurance agency will work as the mediator between you and other drivers who are involved in the accident that is why they have to gather all the relevant details. It is also a smart idea to call a qualified legal professional in order to have somebody who is well schooled in all of the rules and regulations that follow a personal injury law suit. The odds of getting a advantageous settlement are greater if you are guided by seasoned legal professional. In order for you to be successful in your case, you have to equipped with all the knowledge about the lawsuit, and your legal professional can direct you through out the process.

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.