Having a smartphone makes it easier to get help following an automobile crash. Easy communication and camera access means you can call the authorities and gather evidence immediately. Having the following apps on your phone makes you even more prepared in case of a car accident.
Apps Make Reporting and Recording Easier
While there are many car accident app options, several are frequently recommended:
- AxiKit Accident Report Kit
- AAA app
- Your insurance app
All of these are available on both iOS and Android phones.
This app allows you to keep all your important information in one place before you even go out on the road. It stores:
- Identifying data
- Emergency contacts
- Vehicle information
If you are in a crash, iWrecked allows you to take photos and notes and collect contact info from the other parties. The app then creates an accident report using that info.
As the name suggests, this is a smart car accident app to have on your phone, as it can actually detect when you are in a crash. The SOSmart app sends necessary info to your emergency contacts, notifying them that you have been involved in an accident. It is also equipped with a panic button.
Again, the name gives you a hint about its function – this app turns your phone into a dashcam. You may not always need it, but if you are in an accident, that footage could help clarify what happened and even identify who can be held liable for serious injuries.
AxiKit Accident Report Kit
One of the most comprehensive options on this list for compiling post-crash data, the AxiKit app guides you through the information you’ll need to make a report. It includes:
- Photo assistance
- Voice recording for eyewitness testimony
- Advice on what to say and do
- GPS services
By helping you take photos, storing recordings from those present, and providing a GPS-guided time and location stamp, AxiKit can gather crucial data from the scene.
Moreover, our car accident lawyers appreciate that the app advises people on what not to say after a crash. Say as little as possible to the other parties, stick to the facts, and stay safe.
If you have an AAA membership, it’s worth it to have the app on your phone in case of a car accident. From there, you can receive roadside assistance and take advantage of other membership perks.
Your Insurance App
Many insurance companies provide their own apps, allowing policyholders to report an accident immediately. It is important to report even minor collisions to your insurance, as failure to do so could come back to haunt you if you find you are more injured than you thought.
However, just as you should mind what you say to those at the scene, you should also stick to only basic information in interactions with your insurance company. Remember, you’re probably still full of adrenaline and have not processed the situation.
You have the right to take some time to receive medical attention, take stock of your circumstances, and get legal advice before giving a recorded statement.
Information to Look For When Reporting a Crash and Recording Evidence
While many car accident apps prompt you on the type of data you should collect from the site, it helps to already have an idea of what could be important.
When taking photos of the accident site, pay special attention to:
- Vehicle damage
- Tire marks
- Crash location
- Road conditions
It can be tempting to only focus on the details of the accident, but context can be important in getting the literal big picture of the crash. Photos of the road or ones that show the spread of debris or tire marks can help our car accident attorneys reconstruct the crash.
It’s okay if you don’t remember every detail – you’re human and you’ve just been through a traumatic experience. However, if possible, make note of:
- Time of the accident
- Behavior of everyone involved
- Impressions of the crash
- Vehicle locations in relation to each other
- Construction or road work
Jot down these observations or even take voice notes. Then, during your free consultation with the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we can go over these notes and use them to identify liable parties, negligent actions, and possibilities for compensation.
Above all, only gather evidence if you are safe, physically able, and won’t risk a second accident by moving around and documenting the scene. The priority after any automobile accident is your safety.
Bring Us the Information You Gathered and Get Started on a Case
Having one or more of these apps on your phone in case of a car accident can make it easier for you to take action following a crash. Armed with photo evidence, eyewitness testimony, and context, our car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can help you pursue a claim or lawsuit to recover what you deserve for your injuries. Get a free consultation today: (516) 358-6900.
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