Car Accident Report: Rear-Accident on I-5

On May 15, 2003, at approximately 7:40 a.m., CM was driving her Volkswagen Golf Northbound on Interstate 5 near mile post 161.5. CM had slowed and stopped for traffic when she was suddenly slammed from behind by TL. TL was driving a Ford Focus. The force of the impact was significant enough to propel CM’s vehicle into the vehicle directly in front of her.

This car crash was fairly significant and caused substantial damage to CM’s vehicle. The amount of repairs to CM’s vehicle exceeded the sum of $7,300.00.

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. TL was negligent when she slammed into the back of CM’s vehicle.

CM sustained the following injuries in this accident:
  • Cervical strain related to motor vehicle accident.
  • Symptoms of pain and weakness of bilateral arms probably related to soft tissue trauma related to motor vehicle accident.
  • Difficulty concentrating, most likely related to motor vehicle accident.
  • Pain in thoracic spine.

CM is a 35 year-old woman who is married with two children in Tacoma, WA.

CM is employed by a financial services firm. In her spare time CM enjoys yoga, ballet workouts, weight training, gardening, hiking, sewing, knitting and spending time with her children.

CM suffered considerable loss of enjoyment of life by having to experience constant and continuous pain and discomfort as a result of her injuries. CM was forced to work less hours than before the collision, take more breaks to ice her injuries and convert her workstation to a sitting desk to ease the pressure on her lower back.

In her home life, CM was unable to continue with her physical workouts. She was incapable of performing various projects around the house and participating in other leisure activities. She could not sit for long periods of time, causing her difficulty with her normal daily activities.

To date, CM’s activities are limited due to her injuries. She is unable to continue with many of her activities and hobbies she enjoyed doing before this collision. She cannot participate in yoga, weight training and ballet workouts at the same intensity as before the collision. CM can only garden, sew or knit for 15-20 minutes before her hands become weak and her neck begins to hurt. She cannot stand for long periods of time, causing her difficulty with her normal daily activities.

After attempting to negotiate a fair settlement with Safeco Insurance, CM hired personal injury attorney and car accident lawyer Chris Davis. Mr. Davis is the founder and principal attorney of the Davis Law Group, has had substantial success obtaining fair and reasonable financial compensation for his clients in the past.