The Chicago Sun Times Online recently released a new report describing a new safety initiative that has been implemented by the Illinois Department of Transportation. In the news report read by one of our Chicago truck accident lawyers, the article details the new Illinois Dot Program – a program that provides emergency personnel with important personal information in the event of a motor vehicle accident. In order to participate in this free program, Illinois participants will be required to fill out a firm that includes a photo, as well as, information about health history, medical conditions, medications and emergency contacts – which will ultimately be place in the motor vehicle’s glove compartment. A yellow dot sticker will then be placed on the vehicle’s rear window to let first responders know that the individual’s information is located within the vehicle.
The Illinois Dot Program aims at improving roadway safety by providing medical personnel with crucial medical information they need to treat accident victims. Often times, the article points out, accident victims rarely have identification on them – let alone information about their personal health. When any type of motor vehicle accident transpires, especially Illinois trucking accidents, time is the most critical aspect in these emergency situations. By giving paramedics and emergency workers information as to the medications an accident victim is currently taking or if the individual has allergies or another chronic condition, first responders will be about to make better decision about treatment options. Participation in this program can make a substantial difference in the type of emergency care a victim receives and potentially save lives.
Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys are pleased to learn that the Illinois Department of Transportation has implemented such a helpful safety program for drivers around the state. Any Chicago accident attorney around the state of Illinois will tell you that in the event of any type of motor vehicle accident, this information can be life-saving. According to the most up-to-date accident statistics provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation, there have been over 821 fatal crashes that have transpired so far in 2011, resulting in 900 fatalities. By having important personal/medical information located within a vehicle, emergency personnel with be able to provide proper and adequate care and hopefully decrease the fatality rate of motor vehicle accidents in 2012.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, please contact our accident lawyers in Chicago to see what legal rights may be available to you.