NHTSA’s Traffic Incident Management Program
Car accidents happen every day in California and across the country. Few people probably think about how traffic incidents are managed until they’re in a car accident themselves, or stuck in traffic waiting for a scene to be cleared. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHA) has recently released some information about their integrated Traffic Incident Management program, which aims to keep roadways moving smoothly and safely after car crashes.
Traffic Incident Management Facts
• Traffic incidents are the leading cause of death for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders and law enforcement officers.
• Traffic incidents cause up to one-fourth of all roadway congestion.
• The average motorist loses nearly a whole work week sitting in traffic due to traffic incidents.
Motorists and Traffic Incident Management
First responders depend upon the courtesy and assistance from passing motorists to safely and efficiently handle traffic incidents. Listed below are three ways that motorists can help Traffic Incident Management first responders keep roadways operating smoothly.
What Can Drivers Do?
1. If you have been in a traffic incident, there are no injuries, and your car is drivable, move it to a shoulder or nearby safe road, out of traffic.
2. Slow down or move over one lane when you are passing the scene of an incident. This provides a protective safety buffer for motorists and first responders. This can also keep you from getting a ticket in many municipalities.
3. Support your local traffic incident management programs.
After Any Car Accident
After any car accident, the most important priority has to be your health. If you’ve been injured, or if you’re in any kind of pain, you should get medically evaluated. Even if you weren’t transported to the hospital directly from the scene, you should still go see a doctor. It’s not uncommon for people to report feeling fine directly after a crash only to be in a lot of pain later on. The adrenaline spike from the crash could temporarily mask symptoms of an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation today.