Tschum Boykin, 42, was killed in a San Francisco area car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck at a street intersection. According to a news report in the Contra Costa Times, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the afternoon of October 6, 2010 at the intersection of Concord Avenue and California Street, in Concord. Police say Boykin was riding a motorcycle east in the right lane on Concord when a 1974 Chevrolet driven by a 20-year-old woman made a left turn ahead of him, from Concord onto California. Boykin sustained fatal injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to everybody who knew and loved Tschum Boykin for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 34 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents in Concord. In Contra Costa County as a whole, 12 fatalities and 259 injuries were reported involving motorcycle accidents during the same year.
California Left Turn Law
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
Police say that the driver of the pickup may not have seen the approaching motorcyclist because the eastbound left and middle lanes of Concord Avenue were congested with traffic. I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver was intoxicated, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time of the car accident.
Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident, stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the family’s legal rights are protected. If the driver of the pickup is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for Boykin’s wrongful death. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased car accident victim could seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and compassion, and other related damages.
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