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How to Leverage Cell Phone Records in a Car Accident Case January 7, 2019

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How to Leverage Cell Phone Records in a Car Accident Case, Boston, Massachusetts

Liability isn't clear in every car accident. In cases like these, it's crucial to have strong evidence that maps out a timeline of the incident and sheds better light on who was at fault. Individuals can sometimes use cell phone records to accomplish these goals. Below are a few details to know about preserving such information after an incident.

Call Detail Records Provide Corroborating Evidence

Cell phone carriers keep documentation known as call detail records (CDR). They provide detailed information on every call you make: to what number, at what time, the duration, and the first and last cell towers used in that time span. Mobile carriers also keep billing records, but these aren't nearly as specific as CDRs and should only be used as an alternative when the former isn't available.

CDRs Can Be Subpoenaed

car accidentThe best course of action to obtain CDRs for a car accident case is to have your attorney request a court order. Some carriers, such as AT&T and Verizon, stipulate in their service contracts that they accept third-party subpoenas not signed by a judge; other providers will require a court order. Privacy laws are always changing, and carriers are more conscious of protecting their customers' data, so providers who currently accept third-party subpoenas could change their policies at any time. To be safe, acquire your CDRs via a court order.

An Analyst Can Set Up a Timeline of Events

CDRs on their own will rarely provide enough evidence for unequivocally establishing liability. They are one component, or a single piece of evidence, in your case. Your lawyer will likely hire an expert to analyze the CDRs and draw up a timeline of events, with the cell phone records and other evidence backing up each step of the activities.


If you've been involved in a car accident, turn to Bellotti Law Group, PC, in Boston, MA, for the necessary strategy and resources to substantiate a claim. They will work to acquire the cell phone records and other compelling evidence to get you the compensation you deserve to recover. Call (617) 778-1000 today to schedule a free consultation today. To learn more about their background and expertise in personal injury law, visit them online. Follow the firm on Twitter for regular news and insights.

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