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Eddie Reeves Hospitalized after Head-On Crash on Santa Fe Drive in Merced County

Eddie Reeves ID’d as Victim Injured in Merced County Car Accident on Santa Fe Drive near El Capitan Way

Merced County, California (April 17, 2020) – A driver was injured Thursday morning in a head-on crash north of Cressey, Merced County, the California Highway Patrol reported.

At about 6:19 a.m. April 16, officers responded to Santa Fe Drive, just west of El Capitan Way, for a report of a two-vehicle crash.

According to the CHP, a Jaguar sedan, driven by Marco Galvan, 39, of Winton, was heading westbound on Santa Fe Drive at approximately 60 miles per hour when it veered onto the right shoulder for undetermined reasons.

Galvan then overcorrected and drifted into the eastbound lanes, where his sedan collided head-on with an oncoming GMC Yukon.  Due to the collision impact, the front end of the Jaguar was sheared in the crash.

The Yukon’s driver, Eddie Reeves, 40, of Winton, was trapped in the wreckage and was extricated by the fire crews. He was then airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with minor to moderate injuries.

The driver of the Jaguar, Marco Galvan, 39, was not injured in the crash.

Alcohol or drugs were not considered a factor in the accident.

The accident 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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