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Accident Report: Run Red Light Car Accident State Route 527

In March 2006 SC and her two year old child were out and about running errands. As SC exited a Fred Meyer parking lot and turned left on a green arrow onto State Route 527 southbound, she was unexpectedly struck by SJ who failed to stop at the red light traveling northbound on State Route 527. The point of impact was near SC's vehicle driver door. Independent witnesses confirmed that northbound traffic had a red light. Bothell Police responded to the collision and upon their investigated cited your insured for “fail to stop at light”.

Substantial damage was done to the side of SC’s vehicle, clearly documented the force and contact made between the two vehicles. The insurance company ultimately declared the SC's vehicle a “total loss”.

Washington law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to exercise ordinary care and avoid causing a collision. SJ was negligent when he failed to be attentive while driving his vehicle, watch for traffic and otherwise obey the rules of the road.

Upon impact, SC’s body was violently jolted and tossed around the inside of the vehicle. Her head was snapped from side to side and then thrown backwards, bluntly striking against the seat/headrest of the vehicle. And, her body was slammed against the restrain of her seat belt. Due to SJ’s negligence, SC sustained serious injuries to her neck, and back. A summary of her injuries and treatment are outlined below.

--Cervical strain/sprain 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 with tenderness, pain, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion (thoracic and lumbar regions) resulting in ligamentous instability and acceleration of spinal disc disease.
--Sleep disturbances/fatigue

SC sought payment for damages that were incurred as a result of the injuries she sustained in the collision. SC engaged the services of attorney Chris Davis and the car accident attorneys at Davis Law Group, P.S.

*Initials are used to protect the identities of the parties involved.