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Mendocino County, CA – Joel Harrison Killed in Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Mendocino County, CA (February 2, 2019) – Police have now identified the rider of a motorcycle involved in a fatal motorcycle accident as 62-year-old Joel Harrison. The accident took place on Thursday evening, according to police.

The accident took place around 5:00 p.m. in the area of Highway 20 and Marina Drive. Police say that a westbound Harley Davidson had been driven by Harrison and was traveling in the eastbound lanes of SR-20 when he suddenly collided head-on with a silver Toyota Camry. The Camry was being driven by 37-year-old Kathryn Lanier-Smith.

A white Chevy had been traveling behind the Camry and attempted to swerve out of the way but was unable to do so. This caused the Chevy to strike the front of the Toyota.

When emergency responders arrived, they pronounced Harrison dead at the scene of the accident. Lanier-Smith suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital.

At this time, the California Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.

We understand that the aftermath of these accidents can be distressing, which is why our accident attorneys would like to extend their condolences at this time.

Motorcycle Accidents in California 

Many motorcycle accidents happen, according to research, due to drivers who are not paying attention to the motorcyclists that they share the roadways with. Motorcyclists are, then, more susceptible to being seriously injured or killed in these accidents. Drivers put themselves and other motorcyclists at risk by avoiding the fact that these susceptible parties are spotted on our roads, especially in California where the most motorcycles are registered at any given time. We would like to extend a helping hand to you, as our motorcycle accident attorneys are here to listen to you during this difficult time.

Police continue to investigate this accident as they attempt to determine who is liable. At Brady Law Group, we have applied our knowledge of the law to many types of cases, including those involving motorcyclists. We will stand by the sides of families who have suffered these unimaginable losses in their serious motorcycle accident cases. Do not hesitate to contact us for the help you deserve in your time of need at 866-478-6483.

Note: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified by our own writing staff. If you have identified any false information in the story, please inform us immediately, and we will adjust the posting to reflect the most accurate content available.

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Brady Law Group strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that, through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident.


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