When a Truck Bedliner Struck His Car Causing a Crash, This Struggling Student Was Desperate
Do you remember being at the spot in your life when you’re barely scraping by? Maybe you were going to school. Maybe you had just moved out away from your folks. Whatever the reason, each month you barely managed to survive on the money you had.
Then something happened. Did a tire go flat? Did you get sick?
Whatever it was, it was a disaster. You didn’t know how you could go on. Then somebody helped.
Just recently, Chris Allen was driving when his life changed suddenly for the worse around 5:45 p.m on April 13. He wrote, “Someone was leaving Eureka North bound, when the bed liner of their truck caught wind, flew across to the South bound side of 101, hit the front of my car, and slid under my tire, causing me to crash and total my car.”
He posted some photos of the aftermath and asked for help tracking down the owner of the truckliner (who may not even be aware what happened.) Allen explained, “I’m a poor student, barely able to pay my rent right now, and cannot afford to take care of the financial issues stemming from this.” He was hoping to be able to get compensation from the owner of the truck’s insurance. But…so far, no luck tracking down the owner.
Friends have suggested he post a GoFundMe page and ask for help. He did. He wrote on the page though, “Please, do not feel obligated, or even guilted, into giving me money.” He said he feels weird asking for help but, he said, “I owe the tow company for towing my car (and will owe them more and more until I can pay to get it out), and while I MIGHT be able to get reimbursed by my insurance for the tow fee, that is not a guarantee, nor do I have the money to throw down to do it to be reimbursed in the first place.”
He worries that he “may end up having to pay for the repair to the guard rail.” But most of all, he said, “I need a new car. I live in between Eureka and Arcata, but I work in Eureka, as the Staples house call computer tech (so I drive around for my job, so I kinda need a car for that), and I go to school at CR.”
If you have any information on whose liner might have hit Allen, contact the California Highway Patrol. If you would like to contribute to his GoFundMe page, click here.
“Thank you, everyone,” Allen writes.