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Local City Councilman Injured in Rollover Crash

Posted on : October 25, 2017
by : Aurelio

A recent crash in Rancho Santa Fe left a city councilman for the City of Poway with minor injuries and sent another woman to the hospital. The driver at fault for the crash appears to have been driving at too fast a speed under the circumstances, and also driving while using a handheld phone. Learn more about the accident below, and contact a lawyer if you’ve been injured in a San Diego car accident.

On the evening of October 8, Poway City Councilman Jim Cunningham was heading out to dinner in Encinitas with his wife and two friends. Cunningham was riding as a passenger in his friend’s Hummer2. As the couple rounded a curve on San Dieguito Road heading west, Cunningham looked up to see a Lexus station wagon heading in the opposite direction. The woman driving the Lexus was holding her phone up to her ear with one hand, with her other on the steering wheel. Cunningham estimated that she was traveling at about 65 miles per hour, and noticed that her back tires crossed onto the soft shoulder as she rounded the curve. The woman pulled down on the steering wheel while following the bend in the road, but overcorrected. The Lexus collided with the Hummer, causing it to roll over twice before landing in the brush on the side of the road.


The driver of the Lexus was taken to a nearby hospital via ambulance, with emergency personnel describing her as having suffered injuries caused by the deployment of her airbags. Fortunately, all five people involved appeared to have escaped serious injury in the crash. Cunningham believed that his injuries were the most severe; his elbow broke through a passenger window, causing small pieces of glass to become embedded in his arm.

Speeding is consistently one of the single largest causes of motor vehicle fatalities. The US Department of Transportation estimates that in 2015, speeding was a factor in 27% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. Speeding coupled with distracted driving can make drivers even more dangerous. Illegal behavior such as handheld phone use can be used as evidence of a driver’s negligence when arguing a claim for damages in court. Speak with a California personal injury lawyer if you believe the at-fault driver may have been distracted at the time of a crash.

For assistance in receiving the damages you’re owed after a motor vehicle accident in Southern California, contact the seasoned and effective San Diego personal injury lawyers at the Banker’s Hill Law Firm for a consultation, at 619-230-0330.