Motorcyclist Fatally Injured in Cottonwood Crash

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August 24, 2019
Edward Smith

Motorcyclist Fatally Injured in Cottonwood Crash

One person reportedly lost their life following a collision that happened in Cottonwood recently. The collision involved a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle, and the fatal injury was the only trauma reported as a result of the accident. Authorities from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department are reportedly waiting until the decedent’s family is notified to release his identity. Additionally, this incident remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Crash Details

Police stated that the collision took place at around 2:45 p.m. A motorcyclist had been traveling on Adobe Road approaching the intersection of Balls Ferry Road. At the same time, a Dodge Charger was reversing in order to pull out of a driveway on Adobe. The motorcyclist collided with the broadside of the Dodge, causing severe damage to both vehicles.

Emergency response officials were dispatched to the crash scene immediately. Upon arriving, medics found that the motorcyclist had suffered major trauma. Sadly, the man was declared deceased shortly after responders arrived at the accident site.


CHP reportedly shut down Balls Ferry Road while accident response was underway and kept the roadway closed to traffic while officers investigated the scene for evidence. While their investigation continues, officers have not yet stated what factors they believe may have been involved in this tragic crash.

Recovering Damages After Wrongful Death

When a fatal accident occurs, families can be devastated emotionally and left financially unstable. In order to have financial security after such a tragic event, families can pursue compensation through wrongful death claims. These claims seek to hold negligent parties such as faulty motorcycle part manufacturers, government entities responsible for unsafe roadways, and others liable for the damages their negligence has caused. The payments available in these cases vary, but often include both personal and financial losses including loss of parental guidance, lost income, loss of household services, loss of companionship, hospital bills, and more.

In cases involving motorcyclists, it can often be more difficult to recover damages because juries often have an implicit bias, thinking that motorcycle drivers are generally reckless. Because of this, it is important to have an attorney who has worked successfully on wrongful death cases involving motorcyclists and knows how to ensure that families receive the full amount of compensation they deserve. While many are unsure of whether or not their case requires professional legal help, it is always best to call a lawyer as soon as you can in order to get advice. Most attorneys are happy to offer free advice over the phone so that you can have the information you need to move forward.

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