70-Year-Old Man Dies in Mendocino County Collision
A wrong-way driver caused a fatal motorcycle accident in Mendocino County on Sunday evening.
It was just before 6:30 a.m. when the accident occurred on Highway 101.
A Toyota Venza reportedly turned onto Highway 101 from Talmadge Road and traveled the wrong way.
The vehicle struck a Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Douglas Prado, 70, of Willits, as a result.
Unfortunately, the rider died due to the impact.
The driver has been ID’d as an 83-year-old man. He was left uninjured and was fully cooperative with authorities at the scene.
An active investigation remains underway.
JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Douglas Prado.
Although crashes involving wrong-way driving account for only 3% of motor vehicle accidents, they usually have a higher fatality rate as they are often head-on collisions. A study in Virginia concluded that those accidents which include wrong-way driving are twenty-seven times more likely to end in a fatality compared to other types of accidents.
In addition, approximately 80% of accidents involving a motorcycle result in injuries or death.
If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may be entitled to wrongful death benefits.
If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111.