Crystal Geer ID’d as Woman Injured in Merced Semi-Truck Crash on Highway 99 near Childs Avenue
Merced, California (April 9, 2020) – The woman who was injured Wednesday night after a semi-truck crashed into a homeless encampment near Highway 99 in Merced has been identified as Crystal Geer, 38, of Merced.
At around 9:42 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, California Highway Patrol officers received a report regarding a motor vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of Highway 99, just north of Childs Avenue.
According to the CHP, a Cadillac sedan was traveling in the No. 1 lane on southbound Highway 99 while a big rig was in the number two lane north of Childs Avenue.
The CHP said one of the drivers made an unsafe lane change. As a result, the big rig lost control and drifted off the road, where it hit Geer and a man who were sleeping in the encampment.
The man, whose name has not been disclosed, died at the scene. Geer suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics. According to the CHP, Geer declined transportation to the hospital for further aid.
The driver of the sedan, identified as Omar Govea, 21, of Merced, was not injured in the crash. The big rig driver, Mason Myrick, 25, of Hanford, also escaped injuries.
Authorities closed the No. 2 lane of southbound Highway 99 for a period of time following the mishap.
Alcohol or drugs were not considered a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.
According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary to clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Car accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle's hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.