The moments after a car accident are usually full of adrenaline, confusion, emotion, fear, and urgency. You’ll find yourself meeting someone who is probably a total stranger experiencing the same tumultuous mix of feelings that you are. You know you need to get information from each other, but thinking clearly when you’re having trouble putting one foot in front of another can be nearly impossible.
It’s hard to be prepared for something you never saw coming. But if you have an iPhone or other mobile device, apps like iWrecked can help guide you through everything you need to do after an accident. You can simply follow the instructions and tools in the app to help you through one of the most important times in a car wreck: the immediate aftermath.
Apps like iWrecked take you through each step you might need to complete after an accident. Just open the app and you will be able to call 911 with the press of a button, summoning the police to document what happened. You can reach a towing company, taxi and even your insurance company from one central location on your phone.
The app also guides you through taking photos of both cars and the damage to them so that you have a permanent and reliable record of damages. The app will guide you through other important photos to take such as the intersection where the accident occurred, the points of view of the drivers, weather conditions, road signs that may apply, skid marks that may show evidence of speeding and anything else that may prove important later.
Accident details are important but easy to forget. Shaky hands can make the information hard to read later. With an accident app on your smart phone, you can type the information, making it easy to read and reference when you need it. The app helps you record descriptions of your car, the other driver’s car, your identity, the other driver’s identity, and the details of the accident.
If you don’t have a smart phone, be sure to keep a notepad and pen in the glove box, along with a disposable camera. Use the camera to take pictures of the accident scene and damages. Then write down accident details. You will need the following information from the other driver: name, address, phone numbers (home, cell, and work), driver’s license number, license plate number, insurance company, and insurance policy number. Note if the driver’s name is different from the car owner’s name and be sure to record both. Finally, be sure to describe the exact location of the accident and what happened.
After you enter the accident information in your smart phone, you will have a polished, professional-looking accident report that you can submit to the police and your insurance companies. In the event that the accident results in serious injuries, be sure to contact our office for a free consultation. When the other party is at fault, it is wise to discuss the case with your attorney before discussing the accident with anyone else.