Smartphones and Central Kentucky Auto Accidents
We all know phones can be a bad thing in the car as they cause distractions and even wrecks. But did you know that the same phone could also serve as the greatest tool in your car in case you actually get into an accident? At Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Humphrey, we strongly advise against using your smartphone while driving. However, we do recommend keeping it with you in the car as a safety measure. If you are ever in a wreck, your phone can be used to call emergency services, gather evidence, or contact an attorney for legal assistance. By using your phone responsibly, you can help protect yourself and others on the road.
Using Your Smartphone After a Car Crash
Here are a few examples of ways your phone can help you if you've been in an accident.
Reach Important Contacts in an Emergency
Your cellphone can help you call for help after a crash. We suggest programming vital numbers into your phone now so that they're available if you're ever involved in a car accident. These may include:
- The non-emergency number for your local police station; smartphones are already equipped with an emergency function that can dial 911, so there's no need to save it in your phone as a contact
- Your auto insurance agent's phone number
- The phone number for your auto insurer's claims department
Offer Helpful Apps
There are many apps that can be helpful after a crash. For instance, in case of a nighttime accident, your flashlight app can illuminate your vehicle, making it easier to locate crucial documents like your insurance card and auto registration. It can also help you assess the extent of physical injuries and property damage.
Additionally, many auto insurers have their own accident apps. Check with your car insurance company to find out if they offer one. If so, having the app on your smartphone can simplify the process of contacting your insurance provider after a crash.
Photograph Injuries and Damages
Your smartphone is extremely handy for capturing photos at the scene of the accident. Make sure to take photos of your physical injuries, visible damages to vehicles, and relevant road or weather conditions. Take as many photos as possible from as many angles as possible. These photos can help the police and insurance adjusters assigned to your claim understand what caused the wreck and who's responsible.
While your phone can be an enemy to safe driving, it can also be very helpful if you're ever in an accident. Make sure you know how to use your phone properly in your vehicle.