Coast Guardsman Victim of Hit & Run Driver

• This was a serious accident in which the at-fault driver was traveling approximately 50 to 60 mph while trying to pass another vehicle when he slammed into our client who was going about 30 to 35 mph.
• The at-fault driver left the scene but was apprehended a short time later and cited for causing the accident and hit and run. He was complaining of back pain at the scene.
• Our client, then serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, was driving a GMC Sierra pick-up which sits higher off the road than a passenger vehicle. The at-fault vehicle was an Oldsmobile Aurora which, during the collision, went under our client’s vehicle. This explains the relatively low dollar amount of the property damage but does not diminish the force of the impact causing injuries to both drivers.
• Our client began having neck and back pain immediately and went to Urgent Care for treatment the same day as the accident. The pain intensity was noted to be 8 out of 10.
• Our client called Urgent Care the next day to report that the pain medication they prescribed was not helping. He was advised to go to an emergency room.
• He went to the ER at Harrison Hospital where his medications were changed and he was advised to seek follow-up care.
• He underwent treatment at Westwood Village Chiropractic for four months. His pain threshold was lower due to the pain medication.
• Once his enlistment in the Coast Guard was completed he moved back to his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
• His complaints of neck and back pain remained so he continued his treatment with the Albuquerque Neck and Back Pain Center.
• His medical bills totaled $7,611.70.
• He missed time from his job with the Coast Guard, but he is not pursuing a loss of wages claim.
• After several weeks of intense negotiations, attorney Chuck Martin was able to obtain a substantial mid-five figure settlement for our client.

If you or a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle accident, call attorney Chuck Martin of the law firm of MartinLaw PLLC for a free evaluation of your case. Chuck will use his 40 years of experience to guide you through the frustrating process of dealing with the insurance companies and obtain the best possible settlement for you in the least amount of time. Call Chuck now at 206-360-8141.

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