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David Voigt Killed, Chula Vista Bicycle Accidents

As the weather warms, tragic bicycle accidents become more frequent. On March 3, 2014, 44-year-old Chula Vista resident David Voigt was struck and killed by 29-year-old Michael Reyes on 100 East J Street. As Mr. Voigt was riding his bike home from work, Mr. Reyes' vehicle crossed over the dividing line into oncoming traffic and collided with Mr. Voigt. Mr. Voigt was rushed to UCSD Medical Center, where he died from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the accident. Police later learned that the vehicle Mr. Reyes was driving was stolen, and that Mr. Reyes had been drinking alcohol before the accident occurred.

The chaotic nature of the accident and the surrounding details pose a challenging legal situation for the deceased's family. Mr. Voigt's heirs are entitled to the economic and non-economic damages caused by the accident. These damages include future loss of income and the loss of the care, comfort and society for David Voigt's 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 case Mr. Reyes.

However, because the vehicle involved was stolen, locating the potential sources of recovery for the family will be challenging. Depending upon how Mr. Reyes obtained the stolen vehicle, other individuals may share the liability for Mr. Voigt's death. Additionally, depending upon the specifics of his policy, Mr. Voigt's own uninsured motorist coverage and medical payment coverages may provide additional relief for his family. These sources are typically available even though the decedent was riding a bicycle.

As the weather gets warmer, the area's bicycle lanes will start to fill as more and more people opt to bike. All too often, bicyclists are injured in bicycle vs vehicle collisions. When these accidents do happen, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. Whenever a family is forced to navigate these murky legal waters, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.

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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