One Tuesday afternoon, R.T. was traveling down I-85 south near the Buford Highway Exit. As traffic came to a stop, R.T. was rear-ended by a truck, pushing his vehicle into the car in front of him. The three vehicles involved in the collision all reported that another driver was at-fault.The truck driver who rear-ended R.T. was cited for Following Too Closely.
R.T. was transported to the hospital by ambulance shortly after the collision. During the collision, R.T.’s body flew forward, resulting in severe strain of his back muscles. He was diagnosed with a dislocated right shoulder, lumbosacral strain, and several contusions on his chest, hip, and ankle. He complained of aching neck, back, and chest pain. R.T. was prescribed pain medication and advised to follow up with physical therapy. However, R.T.’s medical journey did not end there–He also treated with an orthopaedic physician, undergoing a shoulder arthroscopy just one month after his collision. Though many of R.T.’s injuries were soft tissue, it was clear that his injuries would result in continued weakness and sensitivity of his muscles for years to come.
R.T.’s vehicle also suffered considerable damage. The total cost of his vehicle repairs was over $10,000. The case eventually went to litigation, resulting in a final settlement amount of $145,000. R.T. used his settlement to pay off his remaining medical bills, restore his vehicle, and returned to a more comfortable standard of living.