Harrisburg, PA – A new website launched by the Emergency Responders Safety Institute will help track rammed incidents involving first responders on the nation’s roads.
The website, ReportStruckBy.com, “collects detailed information directly from first responders” regarding incidents at the scene in which a vehicle struck them or their equipment.
“By improving first responder reporting, this new tool will help ERSI track and analyze crash incident data, better understand exactly how and why these incidents occur, and prevent future incidents,” the institute says.
According to the Department of Transportation’s National Road Safety Strategy, transportation incidents are the second leading cause of death among firefighters and police officers, and the leading cause of death among tow truck drivers.
“Furthermore, it is estimated that up to 20% of vehicle accidents are secondary in nature, meaning they occur following a previous incident,” says ERSI. “These statistics show that when responders respond to the scene of an accident or provide post-crash care on or near a road, their risk of being hit by passing vehicles in a secondary incident is alarming.”
The incident form takes approximately three to four minutes to complete and all fields are optional. ERSI encourages reports from all types of first responders, including emergency medical services, special traffic units, security/highway service patrols, public works, and towing/recovery.