Manchester NH Motor Vehlicle Accident - City Truck
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Motor Vehicle and Manchester City Truck
On February 27, 2006 the Plaintiff was the operator of a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am. The accident occurred at approximately 10:15am at the intersection of Webster and Union Streets in Manchester. As the Plaintiff operated with due care and caution he observed a vehicle executing a left turn from Webster to Union into his path of travel. He was traveling slowly and brought his vehicle to an uneventful stop when he was struck from behind by and International dump truck towing a trailer. The operator of that vehicle, an employee of the City of Manchester had failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to keep his vehicle under control, causing the collision. Both police and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene and the Plaintiff was transported to Elliot Hospital.
At the time of the accident the Plaintiff was a healthy, hard working, 23 year old. His initial reaction to the impact was shock and perhaps some anger. He could not believe that the driver of a commercial vehicle could be so careless when he was able to anticipate and observe the vehicle take the left turn onto Union Street. He might have gotten out of the car to speak with the other driver but was overwhelmed with a wave of dizziness. At first he was embarrassed by the fact that he could not get out of his vehicle. The embarrassment turned to concern and he was glad that the EMTís arrived on the scene.
Strapped to a back board and immobilized in a neck collar he endured the painful ride across town to the Elliot Hospital. Upon release from the constraints of the back board he complained of neck, back and right thumb pain. He underwent appropriate radiological testing and released with a thumb splint and pain medication. He was also referred to an orthopaedic surgeon. At first he thought he might be able to avoid any further medical treatment, but after one night he realized that he was actually getting worse. The neck pain turned into a severe headache and the back pain increased to the point where he could not find a comfortable position to sit or lie down. He was clearly unable to work in the landscape business for which the timing could not have been worse as spring was quickly approaching.
The doctor confirmed the diagnosis of sprain/strain to the neck and back as well as the injury to the right thumb. He prescribed Tylenol 3 and Soma referring the Plaintiff to physical therapy. The Plaintiff continues to recover with the hope that his symptoms will, one day, disappear.