After you have been in a car accident, it’s not easy to focus on every detail of what has happened or what is going on around you. In the moment, it may be hard to remember the best questions to ask and information to gather.
However, each detail is crucial if there have been damages to you or your car and you want fair and just compensation. Forgetting to collect personal and insurance information from the other driver is a big mistake – but it’s just one piece of “evidence” that can help your case.
Is there anything that can make this process easier? As you probably gathered from the title, there’s an app for that – several, actually!
Typically, mobile devices do not mix with driving, because distracted driving tends to cause car accidents. However, insurance companies and independent software developers have created a number of extremely useful apps to be used after an accident has taken place. From automatically alerting emergency services to providing a checklist of information you need to gather, mobile apps can save you time, money, and maybe even your life.
Consider downloading the following mobile apps to assist you from the moment you get into an accident until your case is resolved.
Before you collect any information about you, your car, or any other cars involved in an accident, it is crucial to attend to your safety. If you are in an accident, SOS Smart makes this easy by alerting not just emergency services, but also your family and friends. Additionally, the app includes a panic button and a GPS system that will direct you to the nearest hospitals and emergency centers.
Collision Call can be turned on while using a car, bike, motorcycle, or public transportation. The app keeps track of G-force measurements and will automatically contact emergency services if it registers that an accident has occurred. You can also include a list of emergency contacts that Collision Call will alert if you have gotten into an accident.
AxiKit is available for individual drivers but can also be customized to manage incidents for a business. The app provides a checklist of information to gather after an accident (witnesses, pictures, contact information) and will send the organized information right to your email. AxiKit also allows you to reach emergency services and your emergency contacts with one click.
Car Accident Report (C.A.R.) asks for your insurance information immediately after downloading the app, so you will not have to waste time filling it out after an incident. Before you file a new incident report, C.A.R. will give you a list of steps to take to ensure the safety of you and those on the road around you: placing hazard lights on the road, turning off your engine, and so on. The app also provides tools to record audio, draw diagrams, and collect detailed information about your location, the road conditions, and the injuries of anyone involved at the time of the incident.
Apps may be available from your insurance provider as well. AAA Insurance takes you through the proper procedures of handling a car crash (collecting and storing information, taking photos, calling a tow truck, and so on) and helps you set up a diagram of vehicle damage with a few taps on your screen. Other insurance companies, like Esurance, Progressive, and Geico, also have apps to navigate the extensive procedures following an auto accident. Check with your insurer to see if they offer mobile apps to manage and store accident information.
Remember, collecting detailed information about your accident is crucial to making sure you receive proper compensation.
About the Author:
John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1998. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others. Mr. Lawlor is an EAGLE member of the Florida Bar Association and an active member of the American Association for Justice, the Broward County Justice Association, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and several professional associations.