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Man Killed in Tragic Bicycle Accident

A 43 year old man was killed in a tragic bicycle accident on January 26, 2014. Gerald Zoleta Garcia was riding his bike with a friend in the designated bicycling lane when he was struck and killed by a car. Garcia was flung from his bike where he died on the spot from blunt force trauma to his brain. Garcia's friend was not injured.

The driver of the car fled the scene. As he tried to drive away, the bike was still lodged underneath the car. The driver was identified and has been charged with numerous felonies. The driver was intoxicated and driving on a suspended license for a prior DUI conviction.

In addition to criminal punishment, the deceased's family is entitled to economic and non-economic damages. These damages, for the victim's wife and children, include future loss of income and the loss of the care, comfort and society for the death of the victim. In addition, punitive damages against the driver are also available. Punitive damages are to punish and make an example of the wrongdoer; in this matter the driver of the automobile.

Another important source of recovery for the victim's family is the uninsured motorist policy of the victim himself. Uninsured motorist coverage can be accessed even when the victim is riding a bicycle. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to access all sources of recovery for the victims of tragic accidents.

San Diego is blessed with beautiful weather and scenery and many of us bicycle. All too often bicyclists are the victims of a traffic accident. Accidents involving a bicycle can result in traumatic injuries. When these accidents happen it is important to have experienced legal counsel. Timely investigation and optimizing insurance coverages makes all the difference.

If you or a loved one are hurt, or killed, in a bicycle accident, an experienced attorney can help. At the Law Offices of David P. Beeson we have been representing victims of bicycle accidents, and other recreational accidents for more than 35 years. Visit our website at or call us at 619-233-6078.

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