CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- On Saturday, August 30, 2003, my boyfriend Tony, 34 years old, and I, 29 years old, were involved in a terrible car wreck that nearly took our lives. I was driving on W.T. Harris Blvd in Charlotte, North Carolina about 6:30pm when something small like a possum ran into the road. My first instinct was to avoid from hitting it, sadly I ended up running off the road on to the grass median and hitting the ditch. The nose of my car went down into the ditch and caused my car to flip head over tail three times to oncoming traffic on Harris Blvd. During the last flip, and now on the wrong side of the highway, while still in the air, a man driving a white Lincoln Navigator crashed into both my front and back passenger side doors. The Navigator carried my car a few feet and then when he was finally able to stop my car slid off his hood then spun around a few times and then the car jump the guard rail. If the guard rail had not been there, we would have gone plunging down into the woods. The front tires were hanging on to the guard rail. I am not sure what happen to the man in the Navigator, but I do know that his SUV was seriously totaled upon our impact and he had to be air lifted to the hospital. Tony and I had to be cut out of the roof of my car and rushed to the Trauma Hospital.
Believe it or not, none of my air bags deployed during this accident, NONE. (PRODUCT LIABILITY) I was driving a brand new 2003 Honda Accord EX, only 10 months old, and none of my air bags deployed. Honda is rated as having some of the safest vehicles on the road, but my brand new car flipped over 3 times, was hit by a big Navigator in both my passenger sides doors, in which the impact totaled his SUV, but none of my Honda air bags deployed. I THOUGHT THEY RAISED THEIR SAFETY STANDARDS FOR THEIR NEWER AUTOMOBILES??
The injuries Tony and I suffered were a direct result of these air bags not deploying. (My doctor is willing to document that). From my body not being stabilized by the front or curtain side air bags my knee hit the dash board and caused my leg to be pushed back which broke my pelvic bone at my hip. I now have a plate and seven screws in my hip. I suffer with a significant amount of pain daily that I am trying to learn how to control. My hip will never be or feel the same. Not only have I already started to develop arthritis in my hip but there is also a chance that I may need total hip replacement surgery in the next 8-10 months. Tony is pretty banged up and having many problems with his shoulders back and neck. His doctor has recommended that he have surgery to repair his shoulder problem and fix his pain problem. This surgery will put him out of work for 3 months.
During my investigation with these airbags, I found in the new Hondas, that if one of these air bags is activated and deploy, they will all deploy. This means that if the Honda flipping over 3 times was not enough to activate these air bags then definitely the Navigator colliding into both of my passenger side doors should have activated all of them.
Basically my previous attorney told me that I had no case because he had spoken with a representative from Honda, who explained to him that if I wanted to file a claim against Honda I would have to go through my insurance company. The crazy thing about that is Honda went and picked up the car from the junk yard before they said this. Honda was being very cooperative with me until they picked up that car. Well unfortunately I am having a huge problem with my insurance company paying for my accident; therefore, that is not an option right now. I told him that I thought that is why people hire attorneys. He told me that there was nothing more that he could do to help me and Tony. He has since not taken anymore of our calls. This seems very weird.
After doing some online research, it seems that there are a lot of people that this has happened to. We need to come together and do a class-action lawsuit. I am definitely going to make sure my story is heard.