Motorists throughout North Carolina may have noticed an increase in the number of Department of Transportation (DOT) trucks on roadways during last month. News & Record reports that weekend service for Incident Management Assistance Patrol (IMAP) was extended to several counties starting the first weekend of November to help response time to a car accident in Greensboro, Asheville and elsewhere in our area.
Motorists who run into trouble on roadways during weekend travel now have another option for assistance thanks to the department. Asheville car accident attorneys know how important response time to an accident is. Not only does it help quicken medical attention directed to accident victims but it can also get vehicles involved in an accident moved off the roadway to eliminate the risk of another accident caused by a rubbernecker interested in the scene of an accident.
Before November, IMAP was available only through the week. Now the bright yellow trucks are canvasing interstates and highways on weekends and offering assistance to stranded motorists and helping to report accidents to authorities. IMAP patrols are now be available from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in Davidson, Randolph, Guilford, Alamance, Forsyth, Davie, Orange and Rowan counties. The trucks will be monitoring Interstate 40, U.S. 29, Interstate 85 and U.S. 52 among others.
The purpose of IMAP is to assist motorists who have broken down or have been involved in an accident while managing the flow of traffic so that heavily traveled roads don’t become backed up for miles or completely shut down for hours. The service is free and has several benefits for travelers. Not only is there a faster response time to idle motorists but emergency services and personnel can be coordinated and offer rescue services much quicker.
Motorists should not confuse IMAP drivers for law enforcement officials. IMAP drivers only assist at the scene. They are not the authorities involved in an investigation. Motorists should also be careful of knowing who to look for. IMAP drivers wear uniforms, carry identification stating they are NCDOT personnel and drive yellow trucks with a logo imprinted on the side. Unmarked vehicles stopping to assist that don’t meet these criteria do not work for IMAP and should be approached with caution. If an IMAP truck drives by your disabled vehicle they are probably already responding to a different call or accident.
To view maps of roadways covered in your area, click on the city links found below.
In 2009, there were roughly 63,000 stops to help stranded motorists. Motorists who see a yellow DOT truck should remember to slow down and move over to reduce the risk of another car accident as you pass by the scene.
If you or someone in your family has been injured in a car accident in Greensboro, Asheville, Charlotte or the surrounding areas, contact the car accident attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. We offer free consultations so you can be advised of your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak to an attorney today.
DOT expands patrols to help motorists, by High Point Enterprise, News & Record.
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