A 23 year old unemployed Santa Cruz resident was helping her friend with house painting when they decided to take a drive up the coast on a particularly sunny September day. While on the trip they encountered heavy traffic on highway 880 near San Jose, California in the late afternoon commute. They were traveling in the fast lane and as they neared First Street a car in front of them came to a complete stop.. Her friend applied his brakes and came to a complete stop also. Suddenly they were struck violently from behind by a 2005 Toyota Tacoma pick up truck. The impact was so severe that their car flipped onto its right ( passenger) side and skidded to a stop on the median. The young woman remembered the car she was in hitting the car in front of them. She could not say if it was before or after the impact with the Tacoma. She treated with various doctors for her injuries which were fortunately only of a "soft tissue" nature. She ran up medical bills and needed help. The Dunnion Law Firm helped her negotiate the bills and filed a law suit against the defendant that resulted in a statutory settlement offer of $68,900.00 which was ultimately accepted.