Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) November 13, 2012
Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in conjunction with Governor Tom Corbett announced two new voluntary programs that seek to save the lives of Pennsylvania residents when there is an emergency situation.* The programs would be especially helpful to those who have serious medical conditions or in the case of a car accident. These measures focus on the needs of those in emergency situations rather than just focusing on preventing the incidents in the first place, which is why Console & Hollawell’s car accident attorneys in Philadelphia are applauding these strides.
The new measures, the Yellow Dot program and the Emergency Contact Information program, both seek to give much needed information to first responders in the case of an emergency. Yellow Dot requires participants to fill out forms with their emergency contact, medical information, and doctor information, according to the PennDOT release.* This form is then placed in the glove compartment of the vehicle, and a yellow dot sticker is stuck on the license plate. The marking would then alert first responders to check the glove box for this necessary information. The second program allows all motorists to store two emergency contacts in a secure online database. The contacts can be updated as needed and emergency responders are able to quickly locate those who need to be contacted in an emergency situation.
Richard P. Console, Jr., a personal injury attorney in Philadelphia, applauded Governor Corbett’s endorsement of these programs, citing the major impact they can have.
“It is vitally important that those we look to in our government such as our governor set good examples when it comes to safety in the event of an accident,” Console said. “Governor Corbett’s dedication to the safety of accident victims sends a clear message to accident victims that they are not alone.”
Console went on to explain that it is important that governing bodies not only work to prevent accidents in the first place, but that they also realize that these incidents are still occurring every day and those victims need assistance.
“Making sure that first responders are aware of any underlying medical conditions as well as who should be contacted in case of emergency could save hundreds of lives,” Console explained. “There can be a lot of confusion following a serious crash, and medical personnel need to know what special considerations their patients need when they cannot speak for themselves.”
The car accident lawyers at Console & Hollawell, P.C. have been protecting the rights of accident victims in Pennsylvania since 1994. They are encouraged by the steps being taken by PennDOT not only to make the roads safer but also ensuring necessary care is given in the case of an emergency.