The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is encouraging motorists to update their emergency contact information with law enforcement, which will allow your loved ones to be quickly notified in the event you are involved in a West Palm Beach car accident or traffic accident elsewhere in South Florida this holiday season.
Our Boca Raton injury lawyers encourage you and your family to take the time to enter your contact information into this database. It can save precious time in the event of a serious or fatal accident — time your family could spend helping to make medical decisions on your behalf, or taking pictures and preserving evidence to protect your rights at an accident scene.
The program allows holders of driver’s licenses and identification cards to submit two contacts to notify in the event of an emergency. The information can only be accessed in an emergency by law enforcement officers looking to find designated contacts. Four million Floridians are currently registered with the award-winning program.
“It is reassuring to see the number of ECI registrants climb, but with more than 15.5 million licensed drivers in Florida we still have a long way to go,” said DHSMV Executive Director Julie L. Jones. “Our goal is for all Florida drivers and ID card holders to register their Emergency Contact Information.”
You can register online or at a state driver’s license office.
Last year, more than 243,000 Florida traffic accidents killed 2,983 motorists and injured almost 200,000. The 665 crashes that occur in Florida every day mean somewhere in the state a car accident is occurring every two minutes.