Car Accident Report: I-5 Rear End Collision

On May 20, 2004, AM was driving his Acura Integra on the ramp from northbound Interstate 5 to northbound State Route 516. AM slowed and stopped for traffic. He was then struck from behind without warning by AW.

Washington law provides that the following driver has the duty to avoid a collision with the driver in front. See Washington Pattern Jury Instruction (WPI) 70.04. AW was negligent when she slammed into the back of AM’s vehicle.

AM sustained the following injuries in this accident:
  • Cervical Strain/Sprain.
  • Headaches secondary to cervical strain/sprain.
  • Deformity of the C7 spinous process is most likely related to remote trauma or congenial variation of normal.
  • Difficulty with sleeping, recreation/sports, lifting/carrying and headaches.
  • Decreased ROM as per findings in tests and measures
  • Muscle weakness as per finding s in tests and measures
  • Muscle imbalance as per findings in tests and measures
  • Poor poster as per findings in tests and measures

AM is 24 years-old. He lives with his wife in Kent, Washington.

AM is employed full time in his family’s business. In his spare time, AM enjoys spending time with his wife, watching movies, fixing cars and working out at the gym.

AM suffered considerable loss of enjoyment of life by having to experience constant and continuous pain and discomfort as a result of his injuries. AM was unable to sit for long periods of time, including driving for more than 30 minutes at a time without experiencing pain. AM was forced to cease his weight lifting schedule and is only now able to resume, but at a much slower pace than before.
    
To date, AM’s activities are limited due to his injuries. He is unable to continue with many of his activities and hobbies he enjoyed doing before this collision.

To help him negotiate a settlement with GEICO Direct, AM enlisted the services of experienced car accident lawyer and personal injury attorney Chris Davis. Mr. Davis, the founder and principal attorney of Seattle-based Davis Law Group, has been often consulted by many highly regarded media agencies for his advice on car accident legal procedures.