In the moments after you’ve been in a car accident, you may feel confused and flustered, your only real overriding desire to make sure that everyone is safe.
Unfortunately, for insurance purposes, you need to spend the next few minutes documenting and gathering information about your car, other cars in the accident, and the contact information any other involved drivers.
Nowadays, we have apps for everything, so it should come as no surprise that there are a few different apps to guide you through the process of collecting information after an auto accident. Keep one of these apps on your phone to help you in case you are in an auto emergency. (Most of these apps are available for both Android and iOS users.)
Accident Report – Accident Report allows you to gather information through photos, diagrams, and witness testimony, and compile them into one PDF file. The accident report you create will allow you to present information easily to your insurance providers, your attorney, and law enforcement. The app also allows you to get a satellite map to determine your exact location and get you the help you need in case of an accident.
Help I Crashed My Car – For every type of accident situation, this app has you covered. With the touch of a button, this app allows you to get live traffic updates, contact emergency personnel (and up to three emergency contacts), find a local body shop, and fill out an accident report. You can even contact nearby rental car companies and towing companies if your car gets really damaged. This app also uses GPS technology to help you communicate your location, and has a full checklist of information to gather for a thorough accident report.
AxiKit Accident Report Kit – This app is great for both individuals and owners of a business that involves transportation or delivery. The app has features that will instruct you through each step after you get into an accident. It will include advice on the statements you should make and avoid, the photos you need to collect, and audio recording devices to gather witness testimony. Business owners can even communicate company rules and policies to their employees through the app.
Collision Call – If you’re in an auto accident, you will need access to emergency services as soon as possible. That’s what Collision Call is for. By opening the app, Collision Call will track your movements while you drive a car, ride a motorcycle, take the subway, and so on.
The app uses G-force measurements to track when a crash happens. In the event of a crash, the app will send out your location to emergency services, as well as friends or family that you choose to include in the app.
Insurance Provider Apps – Your insurance provider might have its own app available for you to download. State Farm’s app, for example, allows you to store your insurance information in case you need to quickly exchange it with other drivers. Progressive’s app allows you to directly connect with an agent after a crash. Talk to your insurance provider to see if they have an app and what it offers you after a car crash.
As soon as you have collected the information you need and determined that everyone is okay, be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other financial losses.
About the Author:
Attorney Mike Schlosser represents victims of personal injury, those charged with a crime, as well as those facing traffic charges. A former Guilford County, North Carolina District Attorney, Schlosser has been in private practice at the Law Firm of Schlosser & Pritchett since 1983 and has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 1973.