Technology Can Help you Properly Handle an Auto AccidentNovember 22, 2012
Even a relatively minor fender bender can cause an adrenaline rush that keeps drivers from thinking clearly during the critical moments after an accident. During the confusion, they forget to obtain the full information needed from other involved drivers or to capture photos and other evidence vital to protecting their legal rights. But if you have a smart phone, you can have a handy tool available to guide you through the process and help ensure you know precisely what to do.
According to Consumer Reports, drivers with smart phones can download free or low-cost apps that guide you through the steps you need to follow, helping you record and organize information and evidence needed to file a claim or take other legal action. Look for an app that reminds you of proper accident-handling procedures and allows you to store important information – including license and insurance information from other drivers, contact information from witnesses and other details you need to record.
Even if you do not have a smart phone, most cellphones have many tools that can help. The camera lets you capture photos of the damage to all vehicles, the accident scene and even injuries. The Global Positioning System (GPS) can help emergency personnel find your precise location. And if you suffer severe injuries, storing an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact in your phone tells hospitals the person to notify if you cannot make the call yourself.
Knowing what to do after an auto accident helps protect the safety of injury victims and helps ensure you take the steps needed to protect your rights when you file an insurance claim or take other legal. And while your smart phone or even a standard cell phone can help provide the information you need, a consultation with the experienced car accident lawyers in Baltimore at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. can educate you on all available legal options for your specific situation.