Use Your Smartphone After a Dallas Auto Collision

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Close up of a young woman's hand typing text message on her smarAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. The Texas Department of Transportation[1] provides that one in five crashes involves driver distraction.

Distracted driving[2] is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.  There are three main types of Dallas distractions:

  • Visual: Driver taking their eyes off the road;
  • Manual: Driver their hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive: Individuals taking their mind off of driving.

Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone, texting, and eating. Using in-vehicle technology such as a navigation system can also be a source of distraction. While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distractions.

Because smartphones are responsible for distracted driving collisions at an alarming rate, most insurance companies recommend that drivers turn off smartphones while driving.  When used safely in this manner, that same smartphone could turn into an asset if you are involved in a Dallas automobile crash.

How Can Your Smartphone Help After a Collision in Dallas?

In the minutes following an automobile collision, it can be difficult to think clearly or decide what steps to take first.  But properly documenting what happened and who was involved in the collision is critical in order to protect your rights.  In order to make sure that you document all of the necessary information, you likely have all that you need already; your smartphone. After being involved in an auto crash you can:

  • Debris: Take photographs of any debris or other material that is on the road.  Be sure to include a photograph of where the debris is located in relation to your vehicle as well as any other vehicle at the scene of the crash.
  • Damage: Take photographs of any damage to your vehicle as well as any other vehicle at the scene.  Try to take some pictures of the entire scene with all of the vehicles included if you are able to do so in a safe manner and to take pictures from different angles. It may also be important to take photographs that show the location of any vehicles in connection with any road signs, stop lights and the like. If the air bags deployed, this should also be documented by taking photos.
  • Accident Checklists: Consumer Reports [3] recommends several smartphone apps to be used as a checklist after a collision.  You may also be able to receive a recommendation for an app from your insurance company or perhaps even an app from their company.

Dallas Automobile Collision Lawyers

If you are involved in an automobile collision, you may be able to use your smartphone to take important photographs and to collect necessary information.  After you have contacted the local authorities and your insurance company, it is important to speak to a Dallas car collision attorney. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Dallas auto collision lawyers, call Clements & Clements today at 214-827-1122 or send us an email through our online contact form.

References:

[1] http://www.txdot.gov/driver/laws/cellphones.html
[2] http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/distracted_driving/
[3] http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2012/07/smart-phone-apps-that-can-help-after-a-car-crash/index.htm