If you have ever been in an automobile accident, you probably know that accident investigators for the insurance company can collect data to build a case. But did you know that your attorney can use an investigator to apply new technology to prove your case? Here are three ways technology can be used.
Your phone can give your legal case a big boost after a car crash. By turning your phone on and letting the other party know you are recording, you can obtain identifying information about the person, the vehicle, and the emotions of the moment. Sometimes the other party may even incriminate themselves on camera, and when you present that information to a trusted attorney like D. Hardison Wood, you can help build a stronger claim. Your phone can also allow you to take photos of the accident before the vehicles can be moved. The photographs can sometimes be invaluable to your case if the other side later chooses to change their story about the accident.
Insurance companies and opposing lawyers can find information about you on social media. So, think first before you grab your phone and post fabulous pictures about your accident; and remember, If you tell your boss that you are home with aches and pains, but later in the day your snap a couple of images of you and friends playing the latest video game with rousing exuberance, you can be accused of lying. Additionally, insurance investigators may look for access to your friends, your family, and numerous other facts about your life, activities, and social calendar using your social media posts.
There is a small computer that has been installed in most modern cars since the 1990s that many accident investigators refer to as a “little black box.” It is a data recorder that archives information about your car as you drive. The information is on a loop that can collect data from between sixty seconds to six minutes. Some of the data captured may include the steering wheel position, the car’s speed, acceleration, the use of brakes, and seatbelt usage. Using this data can help the accident scene investigator recreate the actual accident and help you win your case.
The use of technology can help you support your legal case when an automobile accident occurs. By using your phone to collect accident scene data, or by using information from your car’s computer, your attorney and your investigative team can reconstruct the accident and build a strong legal case. On the other hand, you should be wary of using social media after being in a vehicle accident.