New Jersey laws require that motorists not only move over for police cars and other emergency vehicles, but also to stop when pulled over by police officers. Fleeing or eluding a police officer is one of the most serious traffic offenses a driver may ever face because of the significant danger it poses to other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians on the road.
NJ.com reports, a 42-year-old Neptune man caused a crash that resulted in injuries after he attempted to speed away from police around 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Monmouth County. According to reports, a borough police officer tried to pull over a reckless driver traveling northbound on Norwood Avenue. The officer activated his vehicle’s emergency lights in an attempt to stop the car that was traveling at a high rate of speed. The Neptune man accelerated to elude the police.
The fleeing driver caused a collision between Roosevelt and Jerome avenues on Norwood Avenue. He was extricated from his vehicle and was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Another person was also injured in the crash. The pursuing officer sustained minor injuries. The fleeing driver was charged with assault by auto, disorderly person, obstruction of justice, eluding police, and possession of drugs.
In many high-speed police chases, eluding drivers engage in dangerous driving maneuvers with little to no regard to the law and the safety of other people on the road. As a result, both the fleeing driver and the pursuing officer may run red lights and stop signs. This can only add to the already significant risk of injuries or death. The combination of little reaction time and high speeds of both vehicles put anyone on the road at risk.
Motorists have a duty of care to other their passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists. When they operate their vehicle in a reckless or careless manner, they breach this duty of care. If the speed of the driver exceeds the posted limit or drives too fast for the condition, the driver can be held liable for any resulting injuries and property damage just by breaking the law.
Typically, pursuing officers don’t have a duty of care toward the suspects they are chasing. In some cases, however, they can be held responsible for a collision. Speaking with a New Jersey personal injury attorney can help crash victims understand their rights. Call Grossman Law today at (877) 764-2215 for a free consultation.