I am contacting you regarding an accident that took place on May 5, 2013. I was stopped in bumper to bumper traffic on I-95 North near exit 43 around 4 Pm when I was rear ended by your insured Michael Cooney (43 of Bridgeport , CT). According to the police report Michael Cooney was driving a motorcycle alongside a group of other motor cycles weaving in and out of traffic at and excess of 100 mph when he went into a power slide (approximately 500 or so feet) into the back of my vehicle, a 2013 Jeep Patriot. Unfortunately, due to his high rate of speed and the fact that he was not wearing a helmet, Michael did not survive the accident. The accident also resulted in the totaling of my vehicle.
Obviously, as you can imagine this was quite the traumatic experience. Both my girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle, struggled sleeping for weeks. I went to my doctor to receive anti-anxiety medicine to help me sleep and deal with the trauma resulting from the accident. I also sought therapy and counseling. I was afraid to drive and didn’t for months and still have anxiety when driving on the highway. Sadly, the incident still lives with me today and will continue for the rest of my life.
The reason I am contacting you is through no fault of my own, I have to deal with this incident for the rest of my life. This incident has not only caused me great mental pain (as noted above) but also financial heartache (I will discuss later on) as well. I was obeying the traffic laws when your recklessly insured driver who was not obeying traffic laws rear ended me and caused all these problems.
My vehicle, a 2013 Jeep Patriot, had on 3,000 miles on it and had yet to make it to its first oil change when it was deemed totaled. I put $10,000 down to purchase that car and when I settled with my insurance company (note: since I was not at fault I should be settling with you, more on this later). I was left with slightly less than $6,500 to purchase a new vehicle. As an accounting major, I understand the normal wear and tear (Depreciation) of the vehicle but it hardly seems fair that after 3,000 miles I would have $3,500 less to purchase a new vehicle ($1.17 a mile really your average car wouldn’t make it through the year on that type of depreciation scale).
It has now been over 4 months since the accident and even though the police report states your insured is 100% at fault your company has yet to accept responsibility for the accident. Your adjusters, primarily Kim Fox, continue to give weak and quite frankly unintelligent excuses such as “we have not obtained a copy of the police report.” The police report has been available for 2.5 months now, its 2013 and that excuse wouldn’t have worked in 1983 when information wasn’t so readily available. I mean you could have walked from your office in Iowa to the police head quarters and back in that amount of time.
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