$461,000 Jury Verdict for Multiple Injuries Suffered in Car Crash Caused by Distracted Driver

Robert Frederickson, 39, was a passenger in a vehicle that was being driven by his wife near their apartment complex. Cecilia Martin, a Special Occasions Catering employee, was driving an SUV when she reached for her phone in her purse causing her to rear-end the Fredericksons’ stopped car.

Martin, who was stunned by the crash, allegedly pressed the SUV’s accelerator striking the Fredericksons’ car a second time. As Frederickson attempted to exit the vehicle, Martin struck it a third time causing it to move for a distance before reaching a stop.

Frederickson suffered multiple injuries in this crash including left sacroiliitis, a disk herniation at L4, and a left labral tear.

His medical expenses were nearly $34,000. He was a law enforcement officer who had been physical active. He is no longer able to perform that type of work.

He sued Martin and her employer, Specials Occasions Catering, under an agency. He alleged that she had negligently failed to control the SUV and caused the collision by reaching for her purse and taking her eyes off of the road. The defendants admitted liability but disputed the amount of Frederickson’s damages. The jury signed a verdict for $461,200 plus fees and costs.

The attorneys representing Frederickson were David L. Crump, Tera L. Eubanks and Edward Harper.

At trial, the Frederickson attorneys presented experts in vocational rehabilitation and economics. The defendants presented experts in orthopedic surgery, vocational rehabilitation and economics.

Frederickson v. Martin, No. 2015-2-03122-8 (Wash. Super. Ct. King County).

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