Date Published: 2020/03/11
A man was arrested after his vehicle crashed into a police car on Route 9 in Howell Township Monday evening, March 9.
According to reports from police officers at the scene, the unidentified man was traveling on Route 9 when it crashed into the back of a patrol car just south of Lanes Mill Road at around 9 p.m.
The suspect reportedly got out of the car and started running away from the scene, but was caught after a short foot pursuit.
One officer sustained minor injuries in the crash, but is expected to be okay.
The crash is still under investigation.
We are glad no one was seriously hurt in this crash. We hope the driver learns his lesson and is more responsible on the roadway next time.
Vehicular crashes are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the state of New Jersey. In a report published by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accidents Investigation Unit, there were 591 recorded fatal crashes that occurred in 2017, which caused 624 fatalities.
In 158 of the 591 crashes, Driving While Intoxicated (alcohol and/or drugs) was listed as the major contributing factor. There were 174 people killed as a result of these 158 crashes. Speeding was another major contributing factor to these crashes being listed as a factor in 61 of the crashes. Driving while distracted seems to be the biggest factor as it was listed as a cause for 196 crashes.
We urge drivers to observe and follow the laws while driving, and to remain focused while driving so that they can react accordingly to situations that may suddenly pop up on the roadway. Drivers should be more careful when driving while visibility is low, and they should also check their car before going on the roadway. Being more diligent and prepared can help lessen accidents on the roads of New Jersey.Written by: Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers