Your cellphone does much more than allow you to keep in touch with family and friends; in fact, it is a powerful tool immediately after an accident. Your cellphone can improve your chances for receiving compensation after an accident. While you should never text or talk on your phone while driving, after the accident has occurred you can use your cellphone to document evidence, notify authorities and to help you prove your claim later.
Ways a Cell Phone Helps After a Car Accident
An accident can leave drivers and passengers disoriented and emotional. Because of the trauma of an accident, it isn’t uncommon for victims and even witnesses to forget critical details regarding the accident. While you should write down information, it is hard to stop and write down every detail while you are dealing with the aftermath. Cell phones allow you to preserve evidence and keep track of necessary details so that you can present it to your insurance claims adjuster or the third party if filing a liability claim.
Four ways your cellphone can assist you after an accident include:
- Contacting Emergency Services – Immediately after an accident, your cell phone can dial 911 to contact the police or emergency services for anyone seriously injured. Even if you do not have a serious injury, you should use your cellphone to contact the local police department and report the incident.
- Take Photographs – You can use your cellphone to document the accident scene before vehicles are disturbed by tow trucks and police. Take pictures of the scene, surroundings, other driver and passengers, damage to your vehicle, and witnesses present.
- Record Videos – You can use your cellphone to record a video of the accident scene as well. If there are any statements made by witnesses or the other vehicle’s occupants, you can record those statements with your video camera. Just remember that you must ask if you can record them. Video is a powerful piece of evidence in an insurance claim as well as a liability claim – especially if you catch the driver admitting fault.
- Recording Details of the Accident – It is impossible to remember every single detail of the accident – especially the next day or a few days later. To prevent forgetting important information, you can use your cellphone’s voice recorder to take down your own statement, record thoughts and memories of the accident, etc. You can also record witness statements – as long as you tell them that they are being recorded.
Be Careful When Using Your Cell Phone
While your phone is a powerful tool, make sure you use it responsibly. Always let people know they are being recorded – if you do not, the evidence may not be admissible in court. Also, make sure your phone’s date and time stamps are accurate and that they match with the police report’s date and time.
Save all details to your phone and download them to an external source to prevent them from accidentally being erased.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney Right Away
After the accident, contact a car accident attorney and present the evidence captured with your cell phone. Hancock Injury Attorneys can use that evidence to help you negotiate a settlement with the insurance company or to prove your liability claim in court. Get started by scheduling a free consultation with one of our attorneys online or by calling 813-915-1110 now.