Riding in a motor vehicle is the most dangerous thing that most Americans do.
Car collisions kill, maim, and injure thousands of people on our highways every day.
Even minor collisions are capable of creating long lasting injuries. At Maxwell Graham, P.S., our attorneys have represented hundreds, if not thousands of people in motor vehicle collisions of all sorts, including rear end collisions, side T-bone collisions, head on collisions, and multiple car collisions. We have sued drunk drivers, sober drivers, and have taken plenty of car collision cases to trial.
Carrie C was coming home from work one evening. She worked as a food checker at a grocery store and was driving a new VW Bug. She was talking on her cell phone while driving southbound on I5 near Burlington, WA.
Gayle T was driving her VW Jetta northbound on I5 at the same time. Gayle was tired after a long day of work and was looking forward to joining her family in Vancouver, BC for the weekend. Suddenly Gayle lost control of her car. She claims that another car cut her off in traffic. Gayle’s car careened through several lanes and entered the grassy median which separates the northbound from the southbound lanes of I5.
A steel cable held by posts was designed to stop cars from crossing the grassy median. Gayle’s car drove over one of the steel posts and the cable caught underneath the hood of Gayle’s car. Gayle’s car entered into the southbound lane of I5 and stopped for a moment. Her headlights were destroyed by the cable. She faced north in the southbound lane.
Carrie did not see Gayle’s car in the southbound lane until it was too late to stop. She screamed and threw her cellphone into the back seat and slammed on her brakes. A moment later Carrie’s car collided nearly head on with Gayle’s car. Carrie’s car came to a dead stop; a moment later she was struck hard from behind by the following car.
Carrie was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries. She lost the tip of one of the fingers on her right hand. Her shoulder had been fractured and she needed extensive surgery to save her arm and elbow. A Harborview orthopedic surgeon recalled in a later deposition that reconstructing Carrie was one of the most difficult surgeries she had ever performed.
Mike Maxwell sued Gayle. He also hired an accident reconstruction expert who informed him that the steel cable was not up to the job. Mike then sued the State of Washington Department of Transportation for failing to make a safe highway.
Both defendants realized that it would be in their best interest to settle. The parties scheduled mediation, and Carrie was made whole without having to go to trial.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle collision, we’d be happy to talk to you. Our experienced attorneys will explore ways to help you be made whole and try to help you recover from your injuries. Please feel free to call us at (206) 527-2000.