Pedestrian Accident Results
A towing company hired John Rideout, a well-known local drug addict, to drive one of its tow trucks. Rideout had previously been convicted of a series of crimes including Possession of Marijuana, Driving While License Suspended, Forgery, Theft, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Heroin). An admitted addict, Rideout shot up with heroin and smoked marijuana shortly before operating his tow truck. While impaired, Rideout drove his tow truck north on Zell Road in excess of the speed limit. He drifted over the center line and struck Landen Harless, a 14-year-old boy who was walking on the other lane with two companions facing traffic and pushing a bicycle.
Armando Brionez was an Elite Master's runner who trained 5 to 20 miles a day, 6 days a week, 11 months a year, averaging 75 miles a week. He ran the Boston Marathon in 3:03. He handled the running leg for the team which won Oregon's Pole-Paddle Relay four times against Olympic-level competition. He was the defending Northwest Cross-Country Champion for his age group.
The case of a client we will call Jane Doe illustrates how important it is to carefully investigate the policy limits of Underinsured Motorist Coverage. Without an attorney to insist that the insurance company discloses all the details of the UIM coverage, cases like Jane’s settle for far less than their true value.
Our client Adam was a pedestrian walking on a sidewalk when he was hit by an SUV driven by a woman who was startled by a spider and drove off the road. Adam was thrown to the ground and knocked unconscious for 48 hours. He sustained serious injuries including a badly broken right leg requiring two surgeries, a closed head injury, and scalp lacerations.
Attorney David Brown, of the Brett Law Bellingham office, negotiated extensively with the Hartford Insurance Company to achieve a $346,000 settlement for Adam.
As an example of an ankle injury from a slip on an icy surface, we relate the experience of a client we will call "Gordon," who suffered a right ankle fracture when he slipped on an icy walkway at a motor inn located near Bellingham, Washington.
Gordon's fall required that he have surgery. He was off work a period of six months; at his regular hourly rate of $13.00, 40 hours per week (not accounting for overtime), his total wage loss was $12,480.