CHAIN COLLISION CASE ANALYSIS
FACTS OF THE CASE:
Plaintiff was travelling about 5-8 miles per hour, in traffic, in her Toyota, after exiting the 101 southbound freeway ramp. Defendant was driving his employer’s Ford tractor-trailer truck behind her. Defendant rear-ended Plaintiff which caused a chain collision. Plaintiff’s vehicle then struck the vehicle in front of her, her vehicle then struck a Nissan SUV (non-party) that was in front of her. The Nissan then struck a Lexus (non-party). LAPD responded to this multi-vehicle car accident. Plaintiff sustained injuries.
Plaintiff maintains that she was about to stop for traffic when she was rear-ended by Defendant, pushing her into the vehicle ahead of her. Furthermore, Plaintiff maintains that she felt three separate impacts. The first one, the strongest, pushing her into the vehicle in front of her. Thereafter, the second impact from the rear may have pushed her into the same vehicle a second time.
The LAPD traffic accident report confirms Plaintiff ‘s version and indicates the primary cause for this accident was Defendant’s, in violation of Cal. Veh.Code §22350.
The vehicle ahead of Plaintiff alleged that prior to the accident he saw Plaintiff’s vehicle as well as the Defendant’s truck in the same lane that he was in via his rear-view mirror. He does not know whether Defendant hit Plaintiff before or after he was struck by Plaintiff but is aware that he felt two distinct and separate impacts. He was also positive that Defendant’s truck rear-ended plaintiff’s vehicle.
NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES
Plaintiff sustained injuries to her chest, knee, foot, neck, low back and shoulders. Immediately after the collision Plaintiff was driven to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with a knee contusion and a chest contusion. Plaintiff was examined by the emergency physician and was given a prescription for Naproxen for pain management.
The day after the accident, Plaintiff went to see a physical therapist since he provided physical therapy to her in the past with excellent results. Plaintiff started therapy and was advised to see an orthopedic specialist for her injuries. The following week Plaintiff saw an orthopedic specialist.
The doctor examined Plaintiff and diagnosed her with chest contusion, chondromalacia patella, cervical sprain, and left shoulder impingement. The doctor advised Plaintiff to continue her physical therapy treatment two to three times a week. Follow-up exams revealed that Plaintiff also experienced persistent back. The pain in her neck radiated to her scapula. Additional therapy was prescribed. Plaintiff continued to have pain in her foot and continued therapy. After several examinations, the doctor discharged Plaintiff.
THIS CASE WAS SETTLED OUT OF COURT, AND THE CLIENT GOT THE MONEY THEY DESERVED!
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