Smartphones and motor vehicle accidents – two terms that are usually associated with each other in a cause-and-effect manner. But did you know that using a smartphone in the context of a car accident can actually be a good thing? While it is important that your never use a smartphone while behind the wheel, these devices can be invaluable tools in the event of a collision to help you document evidence of your crash and smoothen your insurance claim.
In the minutes following a collision, it can be difficult to think clearly or determine what steps you should take first. Properly documenting exactly what happened, when it happened, and how it happened can be critical to protecting your rights. Virtually everything you could need at the scene of an accident to accomplish this task can be accessed or found in the features of the average smartphone. Here are some suggestions for how you can properly use your smartphone after an automobile collision:
- Debris: Get detailed photos of any debris or materials that may be strewn about the road after your crash. It is important that you have at least a few different shots that show where the debris is located in relation to your vehicle and any other vehicles involved in the crash. Be sure to photograph any tire tracks or skid marks on the roads as well.
- Damage: Photograph the damage to your vehicle and any other vehicle involved from multiple angles. If you can, try to get a shot that includes the entire scene of the accident with all involved vehicles.
- Injuries: If you or anyone else has been injured, call 911 immediately. If possible, get a photograph of your injuries both before and after being treated. This can be useful as a means of proving that your injuries were indeed the result of your collision and not some other cause.
- Insurance information: A key step after a car accident is to exchange insurance information with all involved parties. Type this information out in a note, snap a photograph of their insurance cards, or record a video with the other involved party’s consent. If you are permitted to record the exchange of information, use this as an opportunity to ask a few questions such as “Did you cause the accident? Do you think I did anything wrong? Were you at fault?” You may be able to get them to willingly provide an admission of fault.
- Witnesses: If there are any witnesses to the crash, use your phone to make a record of their identity, contact information, and personal account of the collision. If they provide their consent, record a video of their testimony.
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