The existence of a car accident could lead to a cascade of regrettable scenarios. Security must be prioritized to prevent such things. Initially, check yourself and other passengers for possible injuries after the accident occur. If other people are involved in the accident, then you need to also try assessing their condition. Keep in mind movement needs to be minimized if the individual had accidental injuries.

Leave your vehicle in the right position of the incident if it’s not a safety concern. It would be far better to move the car to a different area if it’s in a place that might cause another accident. Before anything is moved from its original position, ensure that you photographed the scene or pay attention to vital information if cameras aren’t accessible.

It is usually best to call the police station first. It would be difficult for you to escape from the situation if it’s not reported. A police officer can aid you in acquiring a comprehensive report about the accident. Most incident reports will have a part where the motorist’s information is stated for all parties involved. This will include the name of the driver, driver’s license number, contact details, insurance provider, and policy number. It is very important to make certain that these are accumulated because they might be put in good use afterwards. The information is important so if the officer does not provide you a copy of the report on scene than make sure to collect the information yourself. Also be sure to note the license plate number, maker, model, and color of all of the cars concerned.

Insurance is vitally important when you had a car accident, so be sure that you contact your insurance company. The car insurance agency will take all of the information regarding the incident and be the go between for you and the other drivers included in the incident. It is also a great idea to contact a certified lawyer in order to have someone who is well educated in all of the rules and regulations that follow a personal injury law suit. The lawyer will be able to fight for you and assure that your best interests are looked out for ultimately. In order for you to succeed in your lawsuit, you need to equipped with all the knowledge about the case, and your lawyer 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.