Your mobile phone is probably the most effective post-accident tool in your possession. Having a phone on hand allows you to call for help when needed. The aftermath of a road accident can be as frightening as it is painful so it’s important to have things to hand that can help.
What makes a mobile such an effective post-accident tool?
Having a mobile phone allows you to call for help. Providing you have some form of reception, you can ring whoever you need for assistance. Usually, this would be roadside assistance. However, in some cases it may be the emergency services. You can also call friends, family and anyone else who might be expecting you somewhere at a certain time to alleviate concerns.
Modern phones have proven to be a useful post-accident tool. Smartphones allow you to do so much more than call for help. The map functions mean you are able to pinpoint exactly where you are. This kind of information can be extremely helpful and save the recovery vehicles considerable time when coming to reach you. For emergency services, this is even more important.
Your phone is also an incredibly useful post-accident tool if you suffer an accident on the road at night. The torch function enables you to see your surroundings, inspect for damage – providing it is safe to do so – and attract attention if necessary.
With smartphones having cameras, this allows you take photos of the accident site and the damage to the cars which have been involved in the crash. This will help when it comes to providing evidence for your claim. Having a phone on hand will also allow you to take down other parties’ and witnesses’ contact information.
The GPS function on your phone not only allows you to inform emergency services where you are, but it also allows the emergency services or friends and family to find you in case you have had an accident which has caused serious injuries or knocked you unconscious in which you have not been able to phone for yourself.
Making a road traffic accident claim
Of course, the most important thing in the aftermath of an incident on the road is to ensure your safety. Once that’s established, it’s worth seeing if you have a case for injury compensation. If the car crash or other traffic incident was demonstrably the fault of someone else or the result of negligence, such as potholes in the road, then call Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisors will get your claim for injury compensation started. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice