By Michael Pines, Accident & Injury Prevention Expert
Following a catastrophic accident involving a bicyclist and a driver accused of road rage, the San Diego community is urged to heighten their bicycle and pedestrian awareness when it comes to roadway safety.
According to reports, bicyclist Ambika Sundaresan was struck by an allegedly enraged motorist in Route 67 just north of Poway Road. Officials say the driver swerved into the bicycle lane after cutting off another vehicle, losing control of his car. Sundaresan suffered a broken neck, collar bone, ankle and fibula. The suspect was arrested on Saturday and authorities say the driver has a prior criminal conviction. Two witnesses have also come forward in the case. The motorist will face charges of felony reckless driving resulting in serious injury.
Court documents reveal the driver was in such a fit of anger, that he hadn’t even noticed he hit Sundaresan after attempting to cut off the other vehicle.
Sundaresan, a single mother, fortunately survived the catastrophic accident. She is recovering slowly according to reports.
“It’s been life altering not just for myself, but for my kids,” she said. “Every parent would like their child’s life to be this carefree, and I know it’s not been for my kids now.”
When it comes to safety, nothing is more important than understanding the laws of the road and knowing what to do in an emergency. Of course, in many cases, accidents are impossible to prevent, especially in the face of reckless driving. Here’s what you can do to stay safe.
WEAR PROPER GEAR.
It goes without saying: you should always wear a helmet including other safety gear such as reflective clothing and lighted handlebars. Never wear headphones. You need to be able to hear and react to the roadway at a moment’s notice.
BICYCLE RULES AND SAFETY.
All bicyclists and pedestrians for that matter must familiarize themselves with California roadway laws. Check out the
bicyclist safety resource
at California DMV. Master roadway hand signals to ensure the safest travel.
SCAN ROADWAY AHEAD OF AND BEHIND OF YOU.
Awareness is paramount to your safety as a bicyclist and pedestrian. Always look ahead and behind you – cautiously – to significantly increase roadway awareness.
PREPARE TO STOP AT ALL TIMES.
Keep your hands on the handlebars and close to the brakes at all times. Anticipate quick stopping when necessary.
WATCH FOR ROADWAY HAZARDS.
Potholes, large rocks, debris and other roadway impediments are no match against a bike. Look at the road ahead and make decisions quickly when confronted with unfavorable roadway conditions. Look for alternate routes out when headed into a dangerous situation.
About Michael Pines
Michael Pines, the founder of the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC, has specialized in personal injury law since 1995. He is a dedicated advocate for bicycle safety, fighting for the rights of injured pedestrians for the last two decades. More information on bicycle accidents can be found by