Toms River, NJ – Officer Injured on Rt 37 While Responding to Emergency Call

Toms River, NJ – Officer Injured on Rt 37 While Responding to Emergency Call

Toms River, NJ (August 18, 2022) – A patrol car was hit by a civilian vehicle in the westbound lane of Route 37 on Sunday, August 14th at about 9:00 p.m.  

55-year-old Brian Ayres, a resident of Pearl River, NY., was driving in the lefthand lane when he crashed into the driver’s side of a Toms River Police squad car as the officer was responding to an emergency wherein seven people had been thrown from a boat.  

The officer had his siren and emergency lights activated at the time of the crash. Ayres claimed he did not notice the lights.  

Bystanders said other traffic on the roadway stopped and yielded to the police vehicle. 

The officer sustained non-critical injuries. His vehicle had to be towed from the scene. 

Ayres was cited for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. 

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Vehicle Accidents in New Jersey

Toms River, NJ - Officer Injured on Rt 37 While Responding to Emergency Call

Driver negligence is one of the main causes of car accidents nationwide. A report issued by a private company that studies collision data provided by insurance companies shows that failure to yield is the fourth most frequent cause of deadly accidents, after speeding, driving while intoxicated, and failing to maintain the proper lane.  

There are many circumstances that can lead to collisions between two or more vehicles. The ones that are seen most often in New Jersey include: 

  • Driving Under the Influence: Alcohol reduces your reaction time and impairs your judgment. A driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs could fail to yield to pedestrians or other cars. There are also certain prescription medications that can hinder someone’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Distracted Driving: When a driver is distracted by something outside or inside their vehicle and, as a result, they fail to pay attention to the roadway, they could disregard the right of way of others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that distracted driving is any action that redirects someone’s attention away from driving, like texting or talking on your phone, drinking or eating, talking to passengers, or using the stereo.
  • Drowsy Driving: When a driver is severely fatigued or overly tired, they might not have the capacity to give their undivided attention to their surroundings. They are also less likely to correctly judge distances and might fail to notice that another driver has the right of way.

When drivers are negligent, it can cause various kinds of serious accidents, such as head-on and side-impact collisions. Driver negligence at a crosswalk can also cause dangerous accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists. These demographics are particularly vulnerable because they have no safeguards against any impact. 

Our firm has advocated tirelessly on behalf of our clients to ensure their rights are guarded after being injured in an avoidable car accident. If you have been seriously injured, contact our vehicle accident attorneys in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help you.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.