Your Neighbor in Real Estate: WreckCheck App ~ Fender Benders and Your Privacy

WreckCheck App ~ Fender Benders and Your Privacy

WreckCheck App ~Fender Benders and Your Privacy

Car Crash

Last week the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) reported that although 5 million wrecks occur every year, many Americans do not know what steps to take or what basic information to share with the other party.


As agents and contractors we are in our vehicles... A Lot! Statistics show we are more likely to get in an accident as we are in our autos more.


Of course, you have heard of the fraudulent rings that stage accidents to bilk the insurance companies. But, did you know that in an accident some people allow the other party to snap a photo of their driver's license? Now, a complete stranger has your name, address and an important piece of information for identity theft.


So just what does the proper exchange of information include? I have to say it....sorry....There's an app for that! The NAIC has come out with a free mobile app that will guide you with the correct information to exchange that has an eye toward keeping your information  private. It is a step by step guide of what to do immediately following an accident, what to take pictures of (like landmarks and license plates), a place to put your description of what happened. It will even email an accident report to you or your insurance company.


The app called WreckCheck is available for Androids (yay) and iphones (at least the 3GS). For those without smartphones, you can download a checklist to keep in your glove compartment, view a video and see other materials to help consumers protect themselves after an accident at the site. There are lots of good tips here.


Here is a quick recap of Important information:


  • Do not allow your license to be photographed

  • Do not give out your phone number.  However, if another driver is unable to provide vehicle ownership and/or insurance information it is appropriate to ask for their phone number, address and driver's license number.

  • Do call the police, even if there are no injuries. Some cities do not send anyone out  but check anyway.

  • Go ahead and download the app or the checklist  and Drive Safely!

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Comment balloon 20 commentsSandy Acevedo • August 20 2012 08:42AM


These are really good tips. Never would have thought about the photo thing so thanks

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( over 8 years ago

Wow, Sandy ... this is good information to know!  I will download the app for my iPhone -- and hopefully I will never have to use it :)

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Charlie, stay safe out there!

Hi Carie. true...hopefully you won't need it ever.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 8 years ago

Sandy, I wish I had this available two weeks ago as one of my family members was in an accident!  Very good information!

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) over 8 years ago

Thank you.  This should be featured.  And, I am going to suggest it.

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 8 years ago

Thank you.... As much as we Realtors are on the go we certainly need this vital information! 

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 8 years ago

Great information Sandy. Thanks for sharing this. We surely need this kind of informations.

Posted by Mike Warren (Real Estate) over 8 years ago

This should be Featured so everyone is  of the app...........and also what information NOT to give out.  Great post Sandy.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 8 years ago

I came over from Suzanne's reblog, and this is great information.  Suzanne and Roger are right.  This should be featured. 

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 8 years ago

Sandy, let's face it - there is an app for practically everything! Seriously, this is very helpful for people when they are involved in an accident.


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 8 years ago

I came over from Suzanne's blog as well. This is great information. Sometimes we just need to slow down and think about what we are doing.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 8 years ago

Sandy, this is great information and will download this app!    A motorcycle hit me on the highway last December and RAN from the scene.   It was a huge inconvenience.     This app will be nice!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 8 years ago

Very good information Sandy - I am going to get this app for my iPhone. It makes sense that the number of hours we spend in a car increases our odds for having an accident.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 8 years ago

Very cool app!  Thanks for the information.  I do spend several hours a day in my car so this app would definitely make sense to have!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 8 years ago

Hi Bruce, so sorry to hear about your recent accident. Take care. Hope you got all the right info.

Hi Suzanne, thanks for stopping by and suggesting.

Hi John and Mike. Thank you, much appreciated!

HI Roger, I think so too! :)

Hi Ron, but, alas, it is not.... I guess I will have to post it again, because I think it is a worthy app.

Hi Sharon, I agree, very helpful.

HI Debbie, slowing down is always a good thing. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Joan, Hopefully no one was seriously hurt.

Hi Debb and Renee, yes, cool and necessary to have!

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 8 years ago

It seems that whatever anyone is dealing with or has questions about, there's an app for that!  

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 8 years ago

Sandy, This is Great information for Everyone, When in an accident many people do forget the basic rule to follow The Apps work great and are easy to use. Taking pictures at the scene is priceless.

Posted by Frank Laisch, "The Insurance Guy" about 8 years ago

Excellent info Sandy! It would sound convenient to just snap a picture instead of writing down the info but you make very valid points!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Sandy I know a couple of Realtors that the way they drive would probably be using that app on a regular bases :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 8 years ago
Sandy, I didn't know about this app neither and will download it to my phone. Hopefully though, I will never have to use it. Thank you for sharing this information!
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 8 years ago