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Alain Gerard Killed in Head-On Crash on Highway 41 in Madera County

Coroner IDs Alain Gerard as Coarsegold Man Killed in Madera County Car Accident on Highway 41 and Road 420

Madera County, California (April 28, 2020) – The Madera County Coroners’ Office has identified the man who died Monday morning in a head-on crash in Madera County as Alain Gerard, 74, of Coarsegold.

The deadly accident happened a little after 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 27 on Highway 41 and Road 420.

According to a report by the California Highway Patrol, Gerard was driving a Nissan pickup northbound on Highway 41 when he developed a medical episode and veered into oncoming traffic. Gerard’s pickup then collided head-on with a large commercial dump truck that was heading southbound on Highway 41.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene and performed CPR on Gerard. Despite life-saving measures, Gerard did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gerard’s wife, who was riding as a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.  The dump truck driver was uninjured in the crash.

Authorities closed southbound Highway 41 to investigate the cause of the accident.

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.

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
  2. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  6. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  7. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  8. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.

After leaving the accident scene,

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  2. Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
  3. Get a property damage valuation.
  4. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
  5. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
  6. 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.
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