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UPDATE: Thomas Burke Killed In Otay Mesa Car Accident While Riding Bicycle On Beyer Boulevard Near Del Sol Boulevard

Oct 20, 2019

Thomas Burke Otay Mesa: Thomas Burke Killed In Otay Mesa Car Accident While Riding Bicycle On Beyer Boulevard Near Del Sol Boulevard

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (October 19, 2019) – A 65-year-old bicyclist identified as Thomas Burke has tragically died in a car accident near the intersection of Beyer Boulevard and Del Sol Boulevard. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 11:35 p.m. Authorities are saying that Thomas Burke was in a bicycle lane when he was rear-ended by another vehicle. 

Paramedics rushed to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Thomas Burke was taken to the UC San Diego Medicla Center in Hillcrest in order to receive treatment for a brain bleed. 

Several days after the accident Thomas Burke succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. An investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In San Diego Bicycle Accidents

Drivers are supposed to keep an eye out for bicyclists, especially at night when there is reduced visibility. According to California Vehicle Code 21200, “A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10.” Bicycle accidents tend to happen when drivers are:

  • Distracted
  • Intoxicated
  • Speeding
  • Fatigued

Depending on the facts of any case a city could be liable for a bicycle accident. Cities have  a legal responsibility to design, construct and maintain roads that are in a reasonably safe condition. In many occasions, a poorly designed road could increase the likelihood of a bicycle accident. For example, some roads do not have clearly designed bicycle lane markings. 

The family of any victim that died in a bicycle accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses and pain and suffering.  A bicycle accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Bicycle Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Thomas Burke. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out the San Diego police department as they continue to investigate. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this one. 

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