San Leandro Resident Dies in Oakland Motorcycle Accident
A young motorcyclist died in a tragic accident on September 24, 2010 in Oakland. The motorcyclist, twenty-seven year old Robert Adams was driving his motorcycle on Hegenberger Road in Oakland when a truck driven by a Sky Chef’s employee made a left turn directly in front of him. As a result, Mr. Adam’s motorcycle ended up running into the side of the truck. Mr. Adams suffered serious injuries and later died at Highland Hospital.
While this Oakland motorcycle accident is still under investigation, there are a few things that can be said about this deadly collision. The California Vehicle code section 21801 states that the driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. It also says that once he has yielded to oncoming traffic and after having put on his turn signal, all oncoming traffic must then yield to him. A full investigation will follow to determine the right of way question.
In this motorcycle accident, questions will be raised about the speed of both vehicles and which vehicle had the right of way. You can bet that the insurance companies for the Sky Chef will be hiring experts to investigate the scene and preserve all necessary evidence to protect its rights. It would be prudent for anyone who has suffered a serious injury or loss in an accident such as this to promptly hire their own experts through the use of an experienced personal injury attorney who can investigate the matter and protect their rights. As an Oakland personal injury lawyer I have often seen how the quick investigation of accidents can mean the difference between winning or losing the case.
Assuming that the driver of the left turning truck was at fault in this Oakland motorcyle accident, Mr. Adams family would have the legal right to bring a wrongful death claim in Alameda County against the driver of the truck. Sky Chef which would be liable for its employee’s negligence under the doctrine of vicarious liability. His heirs would be entitled to compensation for the loss of his love, companionship, comfort and care and for any economic losses, including loss of support (California Code of Civil Procedure section 377.60).
Oakland Tribune, Motorcyclist killed in morning crash identified, September 24, 2010