How Your Smart Phone Can Help After an Accident
In our last blog post, we talked about the dangers of distracted driving and the things you can do to focus when you’re behind the wheel.
We would never tell people it’s OK to use a smartphone while driving. It’s just a matter of looking at the statistics: according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, cell phone use accounts for more than a third of all distracted driving fatalities!
However, smart phones can be a valuable tool after an accident, especially when you’ve been injured and might need the help of an attorney…
The King Firm Accident Report App
In fact, The King Firm has our very own accident report app! Available on the iPhone App store, this app has the ability to send photos and a description of the accident straight to the attorneys at The King Firm. The app will allow you to call The King Firm directly or send them an accident report in record time. Always speak with an attorney after a car accident and never admit or place blame.
Here are three ways having a smartphone can help you following an accident.
A phone helps you report the crash
Once upon a time, getting in a car accident in the middle of the night often meant having to wait a long time for help to arrive. You might have had to walk several miles to find a phone or wait for another driver to come along. With a smartphone, you can report the crash immediately, letting police and emergency responders know that you need help. Even if your injuries aren’t that serious, it’s important to have first responders there to create a record of the crash as soon as possible. And speaking of making a record…
A smart phone lets you take photos
Even the most basic smartphone comes with a fairly high-end camera at this point. Be sure to use this camera in the wake of an accident. Get photos – and videos – of the accident scene, the damage to your car and the other car/cars to share with your insurance company, the police and – if necessary – your attorney.
A smart phone can let you gather information
You’ve just been in a crash. You know that you need to gather information – the other drivers’ contact numbers, their insurance company, and policy numbers, etc. – but you can’t seem to find a pen and paper in your car.
But with your smartphone, that’s not a problem. Just use your voice recorder or the notes application to get all the info you need.
While these are all good reasons to have a smartphone AFTER an accident, we feel that we need to stress once again that having a cellphone close by while driving is dangerous. And here in Louisiana, it’s also illegal, with distracted driving penalties ranging from $100 to $500.
Personal Injury Attorney New Orleans
If you’ve been injured in a crash, The King Firm can help you get justice. Was the other driver texting behind the wheel? Driving carelessly? Under the influence? Whatever the case, our attorneys can investigate the circumstances behind the crash and make sure your voice is heard in court. Contact us today to learn more.