Accident Report: Renton Rear-end Traffic Accident

In April of 2006, TJ was travelling along Lake Washington Boulevard in Renton, Washington when she stopped abruptly for a vehicle ahead of her that was making a last minute left-hand turn. As she was stopped, LM crashed into the rear of her vehicle. The impact of the collision pushed TJ into the tow hitch of the truck in front of her. 

Substantial damage was done to the rear of TJ’s vehicle. The repair estimates in excess of $5,000 clearly documents the force and impact involved in this collision. LM was driving negligently when she crashed into the back of TJ’s vehicle. TJ did nothing to contribute to the cause of the crash and could do nothing to avoid the collision.

Renton Police responded to the scene and cited LM with “following too closely.” Washington State Law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to exercise ordinary care and avoid causing a collision.

Upon impact of the collision, TJ’s body was violently tossed around the inside of her vehicle. Her head was whiplashed, bluntly striking the seat of the vehicle. Additionally, her body was slammed against the restrain of her seat belt. Her head struck the inside of the vehicle, leaving her dazed and confused, unable to locate her cell phone to call 911.

As a direct result of LM’s negligence, TJ suffered various injuries from the collision. A summary of her injuries are outlined below.

Car Accident Injuries:

--Post-traumatic Fibromyalgia with symptoms consisting of constant body aches, muscle soreness and disabling pain 
--Closed head injury with symptoms consisting of dizziness, head pain/headaches, memory loss, balance difficulty, and concentration difficulties
--Cervical strain/sprain and subluxations with tenderness, pain, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion. Whiplash injury with resultant ligamentous instability and acceleration of spinal disc disease
--Back strain/sprain and subluxations
--Right knee contusion with pain, swelling and limited mobility 
--Hip pain with tenderness, discomfort and limited range of motion
--Chest wall contusion
--Headaches
--Sleep disturbances/fatigue
--Post traumatic stress disorder with symptoms including nightmares, flashbacks, and anxiety
--Recurrent depression
--Levator Ani Syndrome and stress incontinence with symptoms to include pain, spasms, interrupted stream, and weakness when trying to empty bladder

TJ is a 38-year-old married woman who enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Prior to this disabling injury accident, TJ enjoyed activities such as biking, hiking, dancing, gardening, running, and working out at the gym. The injuries she sustained during the collision prevented her from partaking in these activities. Her quality of life has suffered enormously due to the collision.

Geico insurance and their claims adjustors negotiated with TJ for some time.  Her claim was delayed and defended to the point that TJ became very frustrated.  So she hired Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, Renton's premier personal injury lawyers, to handle her claim and settlement negotiations.