In March 2003, at approximately 8:00 a.m., AH was driving his 1998 Volkswagen Jetta GTI. He was stopped on the exit ramp of Beardsley Boulevard (Exit #195) of Interstate 90. While stopped waiting to make a right turn, AH was violently struck from behind by TJ.
TJ was driving a large Dodge Ram Truck. He slammed his vehicle into AH's 1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The impact of this collision was so substantial that AH's vehicle sustained significant frame damage, and the necessary repairs totaled more than $7,600.00.
Washington law provides that the following driver has the duty to avoid a collision with the driver in front. AH did nothing to contribute to the cause of the crash and could do nothing to avoid the collision. TJ was negligent when he slammed into the back of AH's vehicle.
AH suffered personal injuries as a result of the collision, outlined below:
- Cervical sprain/strain.
- Thoracic sprain/strain.
- Lumbosacral sprain/strain.
- Decreased Range of motion in neck.
- Post concessive syndrome related to motor vehicle accident.
- Cervical upper back strain related to motor vehicle accident.
- Straitening of the normal cervical lordosis.
- Minimal disc desiccation at C2-3 through C5-6.
- Left foot sprain.
AH is 23 years old. He is single and lives in Kirkland, Washington. AH is working part time at a pizzeria in Redmond, Washington. He is also a student at a Washington State technical college, where he studies equipment mechanics. When he is not working and not going to school, AH enjoys hiking, mountain biking, restoring Volkswagens and doing miscellaneous mechanic work for friends and family.
AH has suffered significantly as a result of this incident. He experienced complaints and symptoms for several months following the collision. This incident caused a major disruption to his daily and leisurely activities. AH suffered considerable loss of enjoyment of life by having to experience constant and continuous pain and discomfort as a result of his injuries. He could not sit for long periods of time, causing him difficulty with his normal daily activities. He could not engage in strenuous activities for a significant period of time, causing him to miss recreational and other leisure activities. Additionally, AH was forced to withdraw from Winter Quarter 2003 of the technical college he was attending due to his injuries from the collision. AH will now be finishing his degree and entering into his desired career field one quarter (approximately three months) later than planned and budgeted.
AH hired Seattle personal injury lawyer and car accident attorney Chris Davis to help him in submitting a claim to the PEMCO Insurance Company. Mr. Davis, the founder and principal attorney at Seattle-based Davis Law Group, has had considerable success negotiating for fair and reasonable financial compensation on behalf of his clients.