In March 2002 at approximately 8:15 p.m., WI was operating his vehicle Westbound on 45th Street in the University District of Seattle, Washington. WI had just crossed Roosevelt Avenue when he was suddenly struck from behind by SA, who was driving a Ford Escort. SA slammed his vehicle into WI’s 2000 Chevrolet Caviler.
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. SA was negligent when he slammed into the back of WI's vehicle.
WI sustained the following injuries in this collision:
- Cervico lumbar sprain.
- Thoracaco lumbar sprain.
- Acute/chronic cervical dorsal strain.
- Right C5 radiculopathy.
- Herniated nucleus puposus C5-6 to the right.
- Herniated nucleus pulpous C6-7 to the left.
- Spinal stenosis C4-5, secondary to central disc herniation.
- Chronic cervicalgia, secondary to MVA.
- Bulged cervical discs with chronic neck pain.
- Intermittent right arm paresthesias.
WI is 56 years-old. He lives with his wife and two children in Marysville, Washington.
WI retired Sergeant First Class from the United States Army several years ago. He now works for the United States Postal Service. WI spends his spare time helping with the family business in his hometown.
WI did nothing to contribute to the cause of the crash and could do nothing to avoid the collision. He still experiences symptoms including stiffness and muscle spasms which interfere with his sleep and daily life. He has a minimum of five years until retirement in which he will be forced to work with the remaining effects of his injuries. This incident caused a major disruption to his daily and leisurely activities.
To help him submit a claim to State Farm Insurance, WI hired Seattle car accident attorney
Chris Davis. Mr. Davis is the founder and principal attorney at the Davis Law Group, and has had substantial success acquiring fair and reasonable financial compensation for his clients.