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Motorcycle Accident on Highway 20 Leaves One Dead Near Willits

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October 10, 2017
Edward Smith

Motorcycle Accident on Highway 20 Leaves One Dead Near Willits

I’m Ed Smith, a Fort Bragg motorcycle accident attorney. A motorcycle accident on Highway 20 near Willits has left one person dead, according to the California Highway Patrol.

What We Know

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that a 38-year-old man from Willits was killed in a motorcycle accident on Highway 20 near his hometown on October 1. The accident occurred around 7:30pm on Sunday. The report from the CHP says that the unidentified man was killed when his motorcycle hit a tree after attempting to pass another vehicle.

The man was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 on his 2007 Yamaha bike when he made the decision to pass another vehicle on the roadway. The accident occurred just 20 miles outside of Fort Bragg. The officer investigating the crash described the stretch of roadway as a no-passing zone. The officer also mentioned that the motorcycle rider failed to negotiate a curve after passing the vehicle and returning his bike to the eastbound lane.

The motorcycle left the roadway after failing to negotiate the curve and hit a large tree. The collision ejected the rider from the motorcycle. First responders declared the man deceased upon their arrival. The rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and police have also stated that they don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the deadly accident.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

It’s common for motorcycle riders to suffer a slew of injuries when involved in an accident. There is no protection from the elements, the road, hazards, or other vehicles when on a motorcycle like there is when riding in a car, truck, or SUV. Some common traumatic injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents:

All riders involved in a motorcycle accident should accept medical treatment at the scene as well as accepting transport to a hospital for further evaluation. Even if you are not exhibiting signs of injury, they could develop an hour or so after an accident. A medical examination, which will be documented, can help you when the time comes to file an injury claim or a lawsuit against a negligent party.

Fort Bragg Motorcycle Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Fort Bragg motorcycle accident attorney. If you have lost a loved one or suffered injuries due to the negligence of another in a motorcycle accident, call me at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly, and compassionate advice. You can also reach me online at

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Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Fullerton Fire Dept. Paramedic by Highway Patrol Images. CC BY 2.0
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