Posted On: September 16, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Car Accidents: Secretary of State's Office Compiling Emergency Contact Database So Police Can Find Victims’ Relatives

In Illinois, the secretary of state’s office is putting together an emergency contact database that police can use to locate the family members of car accident victims. The database is voluntary and lets state residents submit phone numbers and addresses of up to two contacts located anywhere in the United States. To submit your contacts’ information, go to the CyberDrive Illinois Web site.

All you need is an Illinois driver’s license, learner’s permit, or identification card. Only law enforcement personnel can access the data.

The emergency information will hopefully make it easier for police in Chicago and other Illinois cities to contact family members of people who were injured or killed in Illinois car accidents. It can be especially difficult to locate the relatives of victims that were killed, are too injured to communicate, or whose own contact information is not up-to-date. This can prove traumatic not just for the victim but also for some family members who may not be able to make it to the hospital in time to make the important decisions about their loved one’s medical care.

Over 6,000 people have signed up to participate since the program’s launch in August.

Chicago Car Accidents
Getting hurt in a Chicago car accident can be a life-altering experience. There can be so much to think about following a serious injury crash, including figuring out what to do about medical expenses and living costs, exploring best options for medical care and recovery, worrying about how you are going to pay your bills, or wondering whether you will lose your job if you take the needed time off from work to recover. Also, there is the pain and suffering you may be experiencing as a result of your injuries.

This is why it is important that you work with an experienced Chicago auto accident lawyer who can help you get through this difficult time while pursuing your Illinois personal injury recovery from all liable parties.

Illinois secretary of state compiles 'in case of emergency' database, Chicago Tribune, September 16, 2009


Related Web Resources:
Illinois Department of Transportation

What to do after a car accident, MSN

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