Using Your Smart Phone at the Accident Scene

by Personal Injury Attorney Mark Wolfe, mark@bfw-lawyers.com

After you have notified authorities of the accident you can use your smart phone to document important details about the accident. This information can be critical and is often not adequately captured by a simple written accident report.

Photograph the Following at the Scene: -Property damage, including interior photos of deployed airbags or other interior damage such as structural damage to a seat. Take lots of photos from multiple angles.smartphone image – Other driver’s proof of insurance card, registration and driver’s license. This is much easier than trying write down the information! – The accident scene including where the vehicles ended up after the collision and any skid marks or road gouge marks. Also, if there is a traffic sign such as a stop sign that is important, i.e., the other driver ran a stop sign, get a photo or two of it also. – Take photos of your injuries.

Video the Following at the Scene: – Video statements from witnesses. Make sure they give their full name, address and telephone number in addition to stating what they observed. If they are camera shy, ask them if they’ll at least give you a recorded statement via the audio recorder on your phone. – If a traffic light is part of the accident scene, you may want to video the sequence of the traffic light to show it was functioning correctly. – If the other driver is acting strange or suspicious at the scene or you suspect they have been drinking or under the influence, you may want to capture video of them at the scene. WARNING: Use good judgment with this suggestion. You do not want to elevate an already stressful situation into a confrontation with the other driver.

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Car Accident Information

Car Accident Insurance Claim Information Available at No Charge From Boteler, Finley & Wolfe, Attorneys at Law MVC Handbook 2013 ed 2 If you have recently been involved in a car accident, it is probably too soon to know if you will need to hire a lawyer to help you. However, it is not too soon for you to know your rights and to learn about the insurance claim process related to your accident. That is why for almost 20 years the law firm of Boteler, Finley & Wolfe has been publishing and distributing, at no charge, the award winning booklet: Motor Vehicle Collisions: A Victim’s Handbook – Ala ed. This 28 page guide explains the legal standards for your property damage claim and your bodily injury claim. It explains the various insurance coverages available to you and how to best document your claim for insurance presentation. Written by attorney Mark Wolfe, one of America’s top rated auto-crash lawyers, this guide also explains how insurance adjusters try to minimize claim pay-outs and what you need to know if you decide to consult with an attorney. Before you run out and hire a lawyer based upon a TV commercial, read this free publication about car accident injury and property damage claims. Available in print or as a .pdf download from the Boteler, Finley & Wolfe web site publications page. Or call today toll free 1 866 975-7766.   Required Disclaimers:

Alabama Rule of Professional Conduct 7.2: No representation is made that the quality of legal service to be performed is greater than the services provided by other lawyers.
The Mississippi Supreme Court advises that a decision on legal services is important and should not be based solely on advertisements. Free Background information is available upon request to a Mississippi attorney. The listing of any area of practice by a Mississippi attorney does not indicate any certification of expertise therein. See Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.2(d), Rule 7.4(a), Rule 7.6(a) (1997).
General Disclaimer: This information is posted for general information purposes to help those interested parties or persons with potential civil claims better understand their rights and potential causes of action. If readers are currently represented by an attorney on the subject matter of this post then they are encouraged to continue with said representation. No attorney-client relationship is established by this post.

 

New Study Offers Distracted Driving Insights

a recent study on distracted driving revealed new statistics on teen driversAlabama Public Radio recently reported on some disturbing findings in a well-publicized New England Journal of Medicine study about teen driving habits. While the findings might not surprise you, they should definitely give you pause about sharing the road with hormonal, inexperienced drivers. A Short But Blessed Grace Period First, here’s the good news: Teen drivers are model road citizens for the first several months of their driving careers. Before they develop an innate familiarity with the rules of the road, they’re extra-careful about signaling early, looking both ways, respecting speed limits and avoiding dangerous passing maneuvers. Over time, however, these good habits start to fall by the wayside. Within six months, teens are just as reckless as their adult counterparts. It’s possible that teens don’t fully absorb the good habits that their teachers impart. Alternatively, they may acquire dangerous behaviors by mimicking role models like older siblings and college students. Eating and Driving: Better for Adults? Eating and driving is a classic example of such a dangerous behavior. Surprisingly, this act poses relatively little risk for adult drivers who can successfully keep their eyes from wandering during the maneuver. By contrast, teens who eat while behind the wheel are involved in accidents at far higher rates than teens who refrain from the practice. Practice Makes Perfect Although the study’s conclusions weren’t crystal clear on this point, it seems likely that teen drivers engaged in risky maneuvers as a result of general overconfidence in their driving abilities. After six months of driving, the study found that teens drove distractedly at the same rate as adults in their 20s and 30s. While these drivers were no longer novices, they still hadn’t gained enough experience to react to external hazards while distracted. “It takes thousands of hours of practice to get good at driving,” notes the study’s co-author. Cell Phones: The Great Equalizer Teens aren’t solely responsible for distracted driving accidents. According to the study, adults and teens alike struggle to maintain focus while operating a mobile phone’s keypad. Although accidents in which texting is a factor occur at dismally high rates, even dialing a 10-digit phone number before completing a call can be hazardous. These findings reinforce the need to educate drivers about the dangers of using hand-held phones on the road. This requires a collective effort. While you can personally avoid texting, eating, applying makeup or performing other dangerous tasks during your commute, you can’t control what nearby drivers are doing. Fortunately, you’re not alone out there. If you’ve suffered injury or property damage in an accident that may have been caused by distracted driving, you could be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your options, contact our Mobile, AL attorney’s office at 866-975-7766 or visit our auto accident resources page.

REMINDER FOR TEEN DRIVERS

JUST A REMINDER: May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month.

The National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) is reminding parents and teens that May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month. NOYS encourages and promotes youth led safe driving initiatives in high schools through out the United States. This year over $100,000 in funds are available from NOYS to support safe driving programs and projects for youth. If you have teenage drivers in your household, we hope you will take a moment in the next few days to remind them about the importance of safe driving.