No one ever wants to be in a car crash, but fender benders happen every day, and rear-end collisions are among the most common types of traffic accidents in the country.
Following even a minor collision, your nerves are sure to be unsteady, and you might not be thinking clearly. However, there are a few steps you must remember to take and some clever smartphone apps that can help.
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The first step following a car crash is to check yourself and your passengers for injuries and call 911, if necessary. Next, you will want to call the police, tell them what has happened and give them your location. You should also report the accident to your insurance company and your attorney. Thankfully, there are some clever apps for your Android or Apple phone that could save you a lot of time contacting people.
This is an automatic e-Call system. It uses the internal accelerometer and GPS features on your phone to detect a crash. Program your emergency contacts and the app will send alerts about the crash and even provide directions to the nearest hospitals.
With this app, your cellphone becomes both a GPS navigator and a dashboard camera. Your attorney will be especially interested in the video recording, which will provide evidence as to what caused the crash. There is also a calling feature that is very helpful if an accident occurs.
This app allows you to pre-record your emergency contacts. If a crash occurs, the app will call those people. It will also take photos, create an accident log and locate the nearest towing or taxi companies for you.
A final word about medical attention
While the latest technology is very helpful in the event of a car crash, remember that prompt medical attention is a critical next step. Even if you feel fine and there are no outward signs of injury, be sure to go for a medical evaluation since some symptoms do not show up right away. A personal injury attorney will tell you that in terms of seeking insurance compensation, a timely medical report will also be essential in linking any injuries you might have directly to the accident.