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Ambulance chasing gets an app

A personal injury law firm is getting into the mobile app business to help match car accident victims to lawyers. How kind of them.

Car Accident SideKick mobile app for iPhone.
Car Accident SideKick mobile app for iPhone. iTunes

Remember when exchanging information at the scene of an accident on the side of a road involved a pen and paper with barely legible names and phone numbers? Well now there's an app for that.

Bisnar Chase, a personal injury law firm in Newport Beach, Calif., released its Car Accident SideKick app for iPhone, which will help drivers figure out what to do and whom to contact in the event of an automobile accident.

In addition to an accident checklist, the free application can connect the mobile phone owner to 911 emergency responders or direct them to nearby hospitals. The app also has provides a flashlight tool, and can record photos and audio statements that could later be used when filing a claim. In fact, drivers can file accident claims with their insurance company from the Car Accident SideKick.

Of course, there's something in it for the lawyers who created the app.

The free application will also feature a button that uses the victim's GPS location to help them search for a local attorney. It's sort of like match making for accident victims and personal injury lawyers. And it also takes the leg work out of ambulance chasing.

Several insurance companies, such as State Farm and Allstate have similar apps--albeit without the lawyer location database.

But thankfully, the Car Accident SideKick app developers showed some restraint--it doesn't appear that lawyers will contact you and hound you with solicitations for their services if you enter a claim.