Accident Report: Bellevue Broadside Car Collision

On December 21, 2006 at approximately 9:30 a.m. EG was the back seat passenger in LG's vehicle when they were involved in a t-bone type collision with CH. The collision occured when CH pulled out in front of the car EG was riding in. Bellevue Police responded to the collision and, upon investigation, cited CH for failing to yield the right of way. 

The side of LG's vehicle sustained considerable damage, clearly evidencing the force involved in this collision.
Washington law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to exercise ordinary care and avoid causing a collision. CH was negligent when she failed to be attentive while driving her vehicle,  failing to yield the right of way, watch for traffic and otherwise obey the rules of the road.

EG incurred immediate injuries in multiple areas, including her neck, back, shoulders, wrists/hands, legs, and associated body structures. When her symptoms failed to improve in the week following the collision, she sought follow up care from a local chiropractic clinic. A summary of her injuries are outlined below.

Injuries:
  • Closed head injury – concussion – with symptoms to include dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in ears, change in food sensitivity/taste, cognitive difficulties, headaches, and memory problems.
  • Cervical strain/sprain and subluxations with in tenderness, pain, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion. Whiplash injury with resultant ligamentous instability and acceleration of spinal disc disease.  Radicular symptoms into hands.
  • Back strain/sprain and subluxations with tenderness, pain, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion (thoracic and lumbar regions) resulting in ligamentous instability and acceleration of spinal disc disease   Pain radiating down from low back into legs.
  • Shoulder strain/sprain with pain,  tenderness, muscles spasm, radiating pain, diminished strength, and decreased range of motion. 
  • Headaches.
  • Sleep disturbances/fatigue.

Treatment recommended by the chiropractic clinic included an extensive chiropractic regimen, a home excercise program and massage therapy. Treatment to date has been considered customary and reasonable for this type of impact and resultant injuries.  

EG is a 58 year old woman who enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Hobbies include swimming, walking, dancing, bowling, skating, dance/aerobic exercises, reading, music, movies, and outdoor activities. However, as a result of the collision, EG has experienced, and continues to experience, a significant loss of enjoyment of life.  She was fairly healthy before the collision and since then has not as active as she was before. She must perform daily exercises at home just to manage and maintain her symptoms, as well as prevent flare ups. EG has paid, and will continue to pay, an appreciable price, physically and emotionally, as a direct result of the injuries she sustained in the collision.

In order to obtain financial reimbursment from Progressive Insurance for substantial treatment expenses, EG hired personal injury attorney Christopher Davis. As the founder and principal attorney of Davis Law Group in Seattle, WA, Mr. Davis has had notable success dealing with Progressive Insurance in the past and in securing fair and reasonable compensation for his clients.