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Smartphone apps provide car accident relief

Thursday - 6/16/2011, 10:53am  ET

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Several major auto insurance companies are offering smartphone apps that allow drivers to document information on the spot. (AP)

WASHINGTON -- A car accident is never pleasant for anyone involved. Several major auto insurance companies are making the fallout easier by offering smartphone apps that allow drivers to document information on the spot.

Photographing damage, sending GPS locations and initiating claims are just some of the key features, reports the New York Times. Some apps also provide information on towing services and rental cars.

Consumer research group Key Lime Interactive rated some of the offerings. It found Progressive scored the highest among iPhones and Allstate for Androids.

Despite the new technology, a police report should still be filed manually if needed.

WTOP's Darci Marchese contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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