It can be hard to know what to do after a car accident. In just seconds, your peaceful everyday commute can turn into a severe injury accident, through no fault of your own.
Luckily, modern technology has made it easier than ever to handle the aftermath of a car accident from a safety, financial, and legal standpoint. Here are five apps for your mobile phone that can make your life easier in the case of a car accident.
AxiKit is an accident-reporting app that helps you contact the right people and record all the right details to have the evidence you’ll need in an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. It even has a voice-recording feature for gathering eyewitness accounts. The app is primarily marketed toward companies, but it works for individuals as well.
- SOSmart or Collision Call
SOSmart and Collision Call are both automatic emergency calling apps. They function in essentially the same way: open the app before hitting the road, and a G-force sensor will automatically trigger the calling feature in the event of a collision. Collision Call alerts your local emergency dispatch center and your emergency contacts if desired, while SOSmart primarily alerts your emergency contacts and also shows a list of nearby hospitals.
CamOnRoad is a dashboard camera app that allows you to record videos of your time on the road. In the event of a car accident, a video recording can be an extremely powerful piece of evidence, since it shows what actually happened. Of course, having your phone constantly filming on a long commute can be a drain on its battery life, so keep a charger handy.
- Your Insurance Company’s App
Many insurance companies — especially the large, national ones — have an app of their own. Their features can vary, but usually include some sort of assistance in getting in touch with a representative and reporting your accident to the company. Some insurers with apps include Progressive, Allstate, and State Farm, but be sure to check with your company to see if they have one as well. However, be careful about providing any statements about the cause of the accident when reporting your claim.
- First Aid by American Red Cross
The American Red Cross’s First Aid app differs from the other apps on the list in that it helps you help yourself and others in the immediate aftermath of an accident. This app helps you build your first aid knowledge ahead of time, and can also provide you with potentially lifesaving information in a moment, so that you are better prepared to keep yourself and others involved in the accident stable until emergency services arrive.
Legal Help After the App
Mobile apps are useful for dealing with the immediate aftermath of a car accident, but they are no substitute for an experienced personal injury attorney if you need to take legal action to hold the responsible party financially accountable. An experienced lawyer can take the information you’ve gathered with the help of apps and turn it into well-planned and well-evidenced personal injury suit.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Parkersburg car accident lawyers of Jim Leach, L.C. today by phone or online for more information about how we can help.