David Sims ID as One of Two Killed in Chico Truck Accident on Highway 99 near Neal Road
Chico, California (June 12, 2020) – Authorities have identified David Sims, 55, of Los Molinos, as one of the two victims who were killed in a multi-vehicle crash that left five other victims hospitalized on Wednesday night in Chico.
At about 12:45 p.m., on June 10, the California Highway Patrol responded to the deadly crash at the intersection of Highway 99 and Neal Road.
A 2019 Freightliner, operated by Jobanjit Singh, 22, of Sacramento, was traveling northbound on Highway 99 when, for unknown reasons, it rear-ended a 2015 Honda Accord at the intersection, the CHP said.
According to the officials, the crash caused the Honda Accord to collide with several other vehicles, including a 1995 Honda Civic, a 1994 Buick, a 2004 Honda Odyssey, and a 2019 Chevrolet.
Following the accident, the big rig reportedly came to a rest near the southbound lanes of the intersection and catching fire that started a small brush fire that the first responders contained.
David Sims and one other person in the Honda Accord were pronounced dead at the scene.
Five other victims, including Singh, sustained minor injuries and were taken to Enloe Medical Center for treatment.
Traffic on Highway of 99 between Southgate Lane and Durham Pentz Road was stopped for an unknown period due to the accident.
Drugs or alcohol were not suspected of having played a role in the accident.
An investigation into the accident is underway.
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.