How Your Cell Phone Can Help Your Lawsuit
Talking or texting on a handheld cellphone is not specifically prohibited in Oklahoma. However, the state’s distracted driving law makes it clear that a distracted driver who causes an accident is in violation of the law and can be cited and fined. There are benefits to having a cellphone in your car, however — especially if you are involved in a car accident.
Use your phone productively
All newer model cellphones come equipped with still and video cameras, in addition to Internet access capabilities. After an accident, use your phone to perform all of the following activities:
- Call for help. Many phones are preprogrammed with local emergency numbers and can be accessed even without a SIM card.
- Take photos of the scene. Document the location of the accident for the police report and note the time and date.
- Take pictures of your car. Show the damage to your vehicle from a number of angles and in as much detail as you can for your insurance company.
- Interview witnesses. Take statements of bystanders with your video camera and compare their accounts with your own.
- Contact a friend to stay with you, especially if you are injured.
- Look up the number of your insurance company and file a report.
- Take photos of IDs and insurance documents of other drivers, so you don’t make errors writing them down.
- Ask a bystander to photograph your injuries, though they may look worse in a couple of days.
All of the information you collect can be used to support your personal injury claim. It is crucial that you carefully document the events of the accident while the details are still fresh in your mind.
A Tulsa auto accident attorney can use this information to build a case for you — so you can collect monetary compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Call The Barkett Law Firm so we can process your claim as soon as possible.