Car Accident Report: 4 Car Collision on I-405 near Renton

In March 2004, JN was driving her 2000 Oldsmobile Alero Southbound on Interstate 405 near Highway 167 in Renton, Washington. JN had slowed and stopped for traffic in front when she was suddenly struck from behind by MA. The force of the collision propelled JN into the lane to the left (the HOV lane) where she collided with a second vehicle. At the same time, MA continued forward and collided with another vehicle in front of JN’s vehicle. The collision included a total of four vehicles.

JN was cited for “following too closely” at the scene of the collision; however the citation was dismissed in court on April 30, 2004 following a hearing and witness testimony.

Washington law provides that the drivers on have the duty to exercise ordinary care and avoid causing a collision. See RCW 46.61.445 and Washington Pattern Jury Instruction (WPI) 70.01. MA was negligent when he slammed into our client’s vehicle.

JN suffered personal injuries as a result of the collision.
  • Trapezial Strain
  • Cervical Strain
  • Weakness in the left arm as a result of pain
  • Cervical inter dysfx C/T
  • Cervical sprain/strain
  • Thoracic sprain/strain
  • Lumbar sprain/strain
JN is 32 years old. She lives in Renton, Washington with her husband. JN is employed full time as an Accounting Assistant in Federal Way, Washington. In her spare time, JN enjoys hiking, bicycling, camping dancing and taking day trips with her husband. She is also preparing for the birth of their first child in January of 2006.

JN suffered considerable loss of enjoyment of life by having to experience constant and continuous pain and discomfort as a result of her injuries. For months, JN was unable to sit for long periods of time nor was she able to lay comfortably on one side.

JN was unable to sit at a computer for long periods of time without experiencing pain in her neck, upper back, and shoulders. For months following the collision, JN was forced to take more breaks at work to stretch and ice her injuries. She was forced to live with the pain daily as her job requires that she sit at a computer for most of the work-day.

In her home life, JN was unable to continue with her normal activities. JN required assistance when performing every-day tasks around the home. She was unable to carry groceries, clean the floors, cook and other daily housekeeping tasks without assistance.

To date, JN’s activities are limited due to her injuries. She and her husband are expecting their first child in January of 2006. Due to the residual symptoms from her injuries in addition to her pregnancy, JN suffers through daily back and neck pain. She has also become more irritable and moody as a result of the constant pain. This accident has caused great stress and loss of enjoyment of this very special time in JN’s life.

After trying to negotiate with Safeco Insurance and its experienced claims representatives for a just settlement amount, JN hired experienced Seattle car accident attorney and personal injury lawyer Chris Davis. Mr. Davis is the founder and principal attorney of Seattle-based Davis Law Group and has had substantial success working with his clients to negotiate reasonable financial settlements with major insurance companies, despite meeting resistance from most claims representatives.