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Been in an Accident? There's an App for That

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. | Last updated on

They say there's an app for anything these days - and it looks like they're right. Have you ever been in a car accident? There's an app for that. Don't remember what to do after an accident? There are apps that will help you with that too.

It may seem strange but perhaps it was just an eventuality. Many Americans are addicted to their smartphones now and most people are bound to have their phones on hand when they're driving.

So what exactly are your options?

There is actually more than one application available for smartphone users. One is the Car Accident SideKick app for the iPhone, released by a personal injury law firm. The app allows you to go through an accident checklist so you know what information you need to take down. And of course, the law firm has added on a mechanism where you can search for the closest attorney.

But maybe you don't necessarily want to be tied to an application. You don't absolutely need one, as smartphones like the iPhone are more than capable to help you through an accident without any additional apps. You just need to use some functions:

  • Use the internal notepad application to take down information: Note-taking applications are handy when you don't have a pen and paper. And even better, you can "save" a document that specifically outlines what questions you should ask the other party so you won't forget. For example: don't forget to ask about the person's insurance coverage.
  • Take photographs using your phone's camera: Taking photos can be helpful to document the accident and any resulting damages.
  • Also, don't forget to use a notepad to take down notes from the accident itself: Do you remember the car running a red light before slamming into you? Were there witnesses? Jot down whatever you remember from the accident as it may come to help you.

So while car accident apps may prove useful to some consumers, they may not be totally necessary. For consumers without smartphones, it may be prudent to keep some basic information in a car - such as a list of information to take down - so if you ever get stranded wondering what to do after a car accident you'll have something to reference.

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