Travel Prepared With WreckCheck – The App You Need in an Accident
If you have ever been in a car accident, you know it can be a horribly stressful shock inducing experience. Unfortunately I can say that I know that feeling first hand. Lucky for me, it wasn’t an accident where anyone was seriously injured, and everything turned out just fine. I tend to do pretty good in emergency situations, it’s not until afterwards that I fall apart. When you’ve been in an accident though, nothing seems easy… and yet there’s so much that you’re supposed to know. What information do you need to get from the other driver? What information should you give out? Do you need to take pictures? How do you make sure you don’t forget it all? When you’re in the middle of an accident or a wreck, working through the answers to these questions is nearly impossible.
Recently, I learned about a new app called Wreck Check. This is a free app (WreckCheck on iPhone and WreckCheck on Droid) put out by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). It is designed to guide you through the steps to take following an accident. It helps drivers figure out what details are important when filling out an insurance claim. It even allows you to collect the information on site and immediately email it to yourself and your insurance agent.
I’ve taken a look at Wreck Check and I can really see how it would come in handy after an accident. I think the biggest thing to know about Wreck Check though, is that you really need to use it BEFORE you are actually in an accident. First of all, there is a great list of tips for those involved in accidents that you really should read to be an informed driver. Second, if you never access WreckCheck until your actually in an accident, you will miss some of its great features due to the stress of the moment.
What exactly does WreckCheck look like? Here are a few of my favorite features:
There is a really easy to use interface that walks you through the information you should collect in the unfortunate event of a car accident.
The app connects directly to your phone’s camera and recording system to collect images and statements from the scene.
The general information fills in automatically (at least on iOS) which is incredibly helpful. Though it shows blank in this screen shot, the date, time, and location will fill in automatically. It may sound simple, but figuring out an address when you’re in an accident can be far from easy.
WreckCheck is an extremely valuable app to have if you get to know it. I think it’s one of those apps worth having on your phone, but hoping that you never really have to use. It’s good to be prepared and informed though – both things that WreckCheck can help you with. You should definitely learn more about WreckCheck online.
About Ashley (Managing Editor at MomStart): Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at Momicles and follow her @Momicles2010 .
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