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How today's cellphones can be put to good use after an accident

Most of the time, when considering cellphones and driving a motor vehicle, your best choice is to turn it off on the road. Even phone calls through hands-free headsets can increase your distraction level and risk of a collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that roughly 660,000 people use their cellphones while driving on any given day. That's a lot of dangerous, distracted drivers to be watching for on the road. Still, if you commit to never using it while driving, after a serious accident caused by another driver, your cellphone could become your best friend.

In the aftermath of an accident, a lot of things can suddenly go wrong. It may be clear from the initial crash that the other driver was definitely at fault. Depending on the location of the collision, however, you may need to move your vehicles out of the flow of traffic before law enforcement arrives. The other driver may realize that he or she is facing a major insurance claim and refuse to talk openly about what happened before the crash when police arrive on the scene.

Put that cellphone to good use after an accident

The first thing you should do is assess yourself and others for injuries. Then you should use your cellphone to call for help. You can call emergency services if you need them or look up the non-emergency number for local law enforcement. If you are physically able to, you should use your cell phone after an accident to preserve the initial scene.

By capturing the exact scene in video, you can help ensure that law enforcement will see the accident as it happened. Ideally, a good video is taken from a short distance, showing points of reference nearby for perspective and location. You can also describe your memory of exactly what happened leading up to and during the accident. Memories, especially those of a traumatic event, are often unreliable. Video content and photographs won't degrade over time. They help preserve the evidence of the scene.

These videos and photos are especially important if your vehicles need to get moved as soon as possible. Even if you think the damage speaks for itself, changing the position of the vehicles could make it difficult to show how the accident happened. Although it isn't the only thing that matters, having accurate information in the police report of the accident is important.

Once the dust settles, call an attorney

There are several critical steps to take after an accident, including assessing yourself and others for injuries, contacting first responders and obtaining medical help. After all of that has been handled, you should also use that cellphone to call an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney. When someone else causes a serious accident with severe injuries, you'll need help determining your best options. Whether it's assessing an insurance settlement or filing a civil lawsuit, your lawyer can help you with every step of that process.

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