Accurint v. TLO

Tracking Down Car Accident Defendants

As I’ve written before, we spend a lot of energy trying to track down defendants. Not in most cases, but when we can’t find someone with relative ease it can be a big hassle. In 2012, people are moving more quickly and leave fewer tracks when they move. One effective weapon we have used over the years is Accurint which provides access to over 34 billion current public records that you can utilize to find your man or woman.

Accurint’s target audience is insurance companies where they market their ability to validate claims and combat fraud, waste and abuse. But plaintiffs’ lawyers use it too. What you do not want is the insurance company having more information about your client than you do. Yes, sometimes our clients do not tell us the truth. But, more often, they forget prior claims.  Either way, the failure to provide accurate information about prior legal claims you have made in interrogatories or deposition can be fatal to your case.

Apparently, whoever started Accurint sold out to Lexis and this same person (obviously, I’m using hearsay here) has now started a new company. Some plaintiffs’ lawyers are saying that it has just a ton of information (and, apparently, is free for law enforcement officers).

We have not tried it out yet because we are chickens that are set in our way. So, changing from a product that you trust is hard. But you can find TLO – which is what is called – here. If you are using it, leave a comment and tell me what you think.


One response to “Accurint v. TLO”

  1. Solo Flyer says:

    I think it is Accurint (not Accurant). That being said, I’ve used that and TLO. TLO has given consistently decent results. Reasonable per search rates. I personally found about the same information with AutoTrack, Accurint and TLO — and I think the same players were behind some of these but they all at some point got gobbled up by the bigger companies.

    What frustrates me is that many of these providers keep switching to a “minimum” or “monthly fee” set-up. So TLO now requires one to plunk down $300 annually (besides the one-time $60 fee) even if you only run 3 searches which would have cost $9. If you have an active practice that runs many searches every month, the minimums are a pittance. But if you have a solo practice and rarely run searches the monthly minimums hurt.