After an auto accident, it can be tough to prove who was at fault. Sometimes it all boils down to a “he said, she said” situation. When this happens, it can be helpful to look for unexpected and even hidden evidence. Experienced Kansas City accident lawyers know where to find this evidence. Fortunately, we live in a technology-rich culture that is constantly evolving.
After an auto accident, here are three really cool gadgets that can help you prove your auto accident case.
#1 Electronic Data Recorders (EDR)
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), most vehicles manufactured after 2014 have these. They act as a “black box,” recording crash data. They usually are only triggered when there is a collision that discharges the airbags, but it depends on the car. Check your manufacturer’s specifications to see if your car is equipped. After an accident, EDR data from both vehicles can be helpful in proving your case.
#2 Verizon Hum (and similar apps)
Most major cell phone companies have some version of this technology, and there are plenty of options for drive monitoring apps on the market. This is a plug-in that detects crash data, records driving habits, and monitors vehicle maintenance. If involved in a crash with someone who has a Hum, you may be able to get this data through a litigation process known as discovery. Often the data will show things like hard stops, speeding, and how long someone was driving.
On all equipped General Motors vehicles, Onstar is a monitoring service that was originally designed to connect drivers to a call center for emergency roadside service in the event of a wreck. Today, however, Onstar does so much more. The product can send the vehicle owner emails letting them know when to change their oil and even turn-by-turn directions. After a crash, you may be able to obtain information relating to the driver’s use of turn-by-turn directions or other features.
Hiring a Skilled Kansas City Injury Lawyer
Following a Kansas City car crash, count on the Krause and Kinsman Law Firm to help get you back on your feet. We take every case seriously because we know that our clients are often being misled or even lied to by the big insurance companies. Many times, accidents happen and there are no witnesses. But when technology can play a role in acting as a completely neutral witness, you may have a chance to prove your case, even if the other side is fabricating false stories about what happened.
Don’t take chances fighting with insurance claims representatives, and never sign anything without first consulting an attorney of your own. You have a right to be represented, and you have a right to compensation if you were injured by someone else’s reckless or careless driving. Call us today to schedule a free and private consultation to discuss your case. If we can’t help you recover compensation, you owe us nothing.
Adam Krause is a personal injury, mass tort, business litigation, and employment discrimination attorney who practices in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and has been practicing law for several years now. Adam Krause has made a career of taking complicated litigation and presenting it in the most elementary terms for a jury of your peers to understand. Learn more about his experience here.