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August 2012
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New WreckCheck Mobile App Takes the Guesswork Out of Auto Accidents

OKLAHOMA CITY — With the Labor Day weekend approaching and heavy highway travel expected, the Oklahoma Insurance Department is highlighting a new tool to help drivers who are involved in a crash. 

According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, more than 69,000 wrecks occur every year in Oklahoma. However, according to a July 2012 survey from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), many Americans do not know what steps to take or basic information to share — or not share — after an accident. They may even put their identities and safety at risk by sharing too much personal information. The new WreckCheck mobile application from the NAIC can help eliminate that risk. 

“The last thing you’re probably thinking about after a crash is protecting your privacy,” says Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “Understanding what information to share will help keep you safe after an accident and decrease some of the challenges of filing a claim later on. The WreckCheck app will take the guesswork out of what information to give after a crash.”

The recent NAIC survey revealed consumers were unsure about auto accident best practices, such as when to call the police or what personal information to exchange with the other driver after an accident. Consumers generally need only share their names and correct vehicle insurance information, which should include the phone numbers of insurance providers. Sharing additional personal information, such as driver’s license numbers and home addresses, puts consumers, their property and their safety at risk. The most common misperceptions and associated risks were:

  • Nearly 40 percent of respondents felt they should share their driver's licenses; one in six would allow the other driver to photograph their licenses as a convenient way to exchange information.  The risk, however, is that many retailers accept driver's license information as a common way to verify identity over the phone.
  • Twenty-five percent of consumers would share their home addresses.  Unfortunately, sharing this information gives identity thieves the physical location of one's mail or garbage, which often they look for personal or financial information about their victims.  It also means they know where their victims lives, putting his or her personal safety in jeopardy
  • Almost 30 percent of drivers think they are required to share their personal phone numbers.  In fact, sharing personal numbers is not necessary
  • Close to 20 percent of people believe the only reason to call the police after an accident is if someone is injured.  However, filing a police report can help facilitate the insurance claims process.

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Amber Alert Introduces Improved Device to Safeguard Your Kids

For parents who worry about their children's whereabouts when they leave the house - there's an app for that.

Amber Alert GPS introduced a device and corresponding app Wednesday that allows parents to rest easy when the kids are away. The new device boasts GPS technology, AT&T connectivity and a corresponding online portal.

This protection package features unique alerts for your child's safety. Not only can users track their child's whereabouts through GPS and zoning, they also have access to a two-way calling function as well as an SOS button. Want to be able to contact your kid sans cell phone? This is the device for you.

Amber Alert GPS has also integrated the National Sex Offender database. Whenever your child is within 500 feet of a registered offender's home, you will be alerted via text and/or email.

The free Amber Alert Parent app brings all of these features to your fingertips. The app is currently available exclusively to Android users, but an iOS version is in the works.

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