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Oakland Car Accident Proves Fatal for Motorcyclist


A 40-year-old San Francisco man was killed in an Oakland car accident after crashing with a car at a street intersection the afternoon of July 4, 2010. According to a news report in the Contra Costa Times, the fatal motorcycle collision occurred at the intersection of West Grand Avenue and Magnolia Street. A 31-year-old man driving a Mercedes-Benz sedan east on Grand made a left turn in front of the motorcycle, which was traveling west. The motorcyclist was thrown off his bike on to the pavement. His injuries were fatal. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this deceased motorcyclist. I hope they find the answers they are looking for with regard to this tragic crash. This grieving family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Motorcycle Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six fatalities and 159 injuries as a result of motorcycle accidents in Oakland. In Alameda County as a whole, 14 people died and 495 were injured due to motorcycle accidents in 2008.

Left Turn Law

Based on this news report, it appears that the car’s driver may have failed to yield right-of-way to the motorcyclist. California law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to oncoming vehicles. 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.”

Liability Issues

In this particular case, the news article states that marijuana was found in the motorcyclist’s possession. But officials say he was not under the influence at the time. I trust investigators are also looking into whether the driver of the other vehicle was impaired, distracted or driving recklessly at the time.

In such cases families of deceased accident victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Oakland personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. If negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical or funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.

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The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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