Accident Report: SR-9 Collision

On August 1, 2004, CG was the driver in a 2003 Nissan Altima. His wife VG was in the passenger seat asleep.  They were traveling southbound on SR 9 when GR pulled out onto SR 9 from a side road and struck the front end and passenger side of CG and VG's vehicle.  The impact caused their vehicle to rotate and strike it’s right rear on the left rear of GR's vehicle. Both of the air bags in CG and VG's vehicle were deployed in this collision.

Washington law provides that drivers have the duty to exercise ordinary care and avoid causing a collision. GR failed to do this and was cited for failing to yield the right of way. (RCW 46.61.445 and WPI 70.01.)

CG incurred the following personal injuries in this accident:
  • Blunt force head trauma
  • Ecchymosis around the right eye
  • Right lower lobe atelectasis versus contusion right lower lobe shown on CT
  • Multiple abrasions/contusions, especially of the left shoulder
  • Left shoulder contusion
  • Left knee contusion
  • Medial meniscus tear left knee
  • Cervical Strain
  • Lumbar Strain
  • Thoracic Strain
  • Chest Contusion
  • Rib pain
  • Right Hand Contusion
  • Right Wrist Contusion
CG is 87 years old and his wife VG is 78 years old. They live together in Everett, Washington.  CG enjoys carpentry and actively does carpentry remodeling work on his own home such as painting, building a gazebo, building a deck, and maintaining the landscaping. They each enjoy daily walks, travelling and spending time with their grandchildren whenever possible.

As a result of injuries sustained in the collision, VG was unable to continue with her normal physically demanding activities.  She was unable to carry groceries, do laundry, clean floors, stand while cooking and many other household activities while her injuries were healing.  CG was unable to sit, or stand without experiencing pain in his neck, back and shoulders, and was unable to take over many of the household chores. To date, CG and VG's activities are limited due to their injuries.  They are unable to continue with many of the activities and hobbies they enjoyed doing before this collision. 

In order to help them recover expenses stemming from their accident, injuries and resulting treatment, CG and VG hired Seattle personal injury attorney Christopher Davis. In a claim submitted to State Farm Insurance, Mr. Davis helped CG and VG evaluate the full extent of their injury expenses, which included past and future medical expenses, travel expenses and "loss of enjoyment of life." Mr. Davis was able to identify multiple factors that supported a large non-economic damage claim. Mr. Davis, a prominent negligence and car accident lawyer, has experienced significant success working with State Farm Insurance in the past, frequently  obtaining fair and acceptable reimbursment for his clients.