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Car Accident Report: Taxi Accident in Downtown Seattle
On June 30, 2007 KM was a passenger in Yellow Cab traveling south along 2nd Avenue. As they crossed through the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Cherry Street, in Seattle, Washington, they were unexpectedly struck broadside by JD, who ran the red light eastbound on Cherry. The point of impact was on the passenger side of the cab. Seattle Police Department responded to the scene and upon investigation cited your insured for “DUI”. (See Exhibit 1 – Accident Report)
Substantial damage was done to the vehicle KM was riding in, clearly documenting the force involved in the collision. Washington law provides that the drivers on the road 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. KM did nothing to contribute to the cause of the crash and could do nothing to avoid the collision.
As a direct result of JD's negligence, KM sustained injuries to his neck, back, shoulder and associated body structures. A summary of his injuries and treatment are outlined below.
Closed head injury – concussion – with symptoms to include dizziness, head pain, possible loss of consciousness, and concentration difficulties
Cervical strain/sprain and subluxations with in 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 with tenderness, pain, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion (lumbar region) resulting in ligamentous instability and acceleration of spinal disc disease
Shoulder strain/sprain with pain, tenderness, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion
KM is a 47 year old man who enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Hobbies include skiing, reading, music, playing piano, movies, sports, traveling, and outdoor activities.
KM has experienced, and continues to experience, a significant loss of enjoyment of life. He was fairly healthy before the collision and since then has not as active as he was before. He must perform daily exercises at home just to manage/maintain his symptoms and avoid flare ups. His return to recreational activities has been slow and guarded for fear of re-injury.
To help him negotiate a settlement with GAB Robins, KM enlisted the services of leadingpersonal injury attorneyandcar accident lawyerChris Davis. Mr. Davis, the founder and principal attorney of Seattle-based Davis Law Group, has been frequently consulted by many leading news agencies for his advice on car accident legal procedures, and has had substantial success obtainingfair and reasonable financial compensationfor his clients in the past.
Statute Of Limitations
The Statute of Limitations (SOL) is a law that sets a strict limit on the amount of time that an accident victim has to file a legal claim or action in order to recover financial compensation for their injuries, lost wages, medical bills, etc.