Date Published: 2020/01/09
Hundreds of Toms River residents experienced a power outage after a car struck a utility pole early Wednesday morning, January 8.
A Ford Mustang was traveling on Whitesville Road at around 3:30 a.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash into a utility pole at 1931 Whitesville road, according to police reports.
Power outages began shorty after the crash, with about 500 people initially affected. Power was restored to all affected residents by around 9:30 a.m.
The driver sustained minor injuries in the crash, but refused medical attention.
Police are still investigating the crash.
We are glad no one was seriously hurt in this crash. We wish the driver a speedy recovery and hope the driver 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