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Tips for Driving in Wet Weather

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 23, 2017

Living in the Seattle area, you can expect an average of 152 rainy days in a year. This steady flow of precipitation keeps the foliage around the Emerald City lush and green while keeping the air clean and fresh. Unfortunately, it also makes driving more hazardous. Nationwide, wet pavement contributes to 1.2 million traffic accidents each year. But, driving in wet conditions won’t be as dangerous if you follow a few simple tips:

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Save Your Life in 15 Minutes

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 15, 2017

If someone told you that 15 minutes could save your life, would you be willing to listen? Well, spending just a quarter of an hour checking out a few things on your car before your next trip could help you avoid an accident and save you and your passengers from serious injury—or worse.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Apps and Driving Don’t Mix – Look at Rising Accident Rates

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 6, 2017

driving- cell phoneThe disturbing news is that accident rates are rising. But the really disturbing news is how fast they’re rising and by what magnitude.

Traffic fatalities are also on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after steadily declining over the last four decades, the percentage of highway accident fatalities in 2015 had its biggest annual increase in 50 years. Why is this increase in deaths and accidents occurring when motor vehicles have been getting safer for years?

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ATV Accidents: Causing All-Terrain Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 1, 2017

All-terrain vehicles, commonly referred to as ATVs, are popular throughout the State of Washington. They are used for recreational purposes like hunting and off-roading, and also for work-related tasks in farming and construction. While these machines are fun and very useful, they can also be dangerous, causing serious injury and death.

Recently, an 11-year-old girl from Graham, Washington, was killed while riding on an ATV at Cowlitz Timber Trails campground in Salkum. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 130,000 injuries were caused by ATV accidents in the year 2012, resulting in the death of more than 140 children and 550 adults. In Washington State alone, there were 27 ATV-related fatalities between 2013 and 2015. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accident

Hoverboards: Dangerous Toys

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 22, 2017

HoverboardEmerging onto the high-tech recreational scene just a couple of years ago, hoverboards were all the rage—with consumers and in emergency rooms. That’s right: the hottest gift of the last few holiday seasons could end up sending you or your kids to the hospital with some serious injuries.

In case you didn’t know, “hoverboards,” or self-balancing scooters, are two-wheeled battery-powered devices that you ride like a sideways skateboard. To move forward, you lean forward; to move backward, you lean backward; to stop, you stand up straight. What could go wrong? Did we mention that they can travel at a clip of 10 to 12 miles per hour and be stopped by something as small as a twig or a crack in the sidewalk? Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Bicyclist v. Pedestrian: Who Wins the Game of Life or Death?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 18, 2017

Pedestrian-safetyThe drivers of motor vehicles are always being told to watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists, and pedestrians and cyclists are always being told to keep an eye out for cars and trucks. So, why isn’t anyone telling bicyclists to look out for pedestrians, and vice versa? While a bicycle weighs nowhere near as much as a car, the weight of its rider combined with its velocity can deliver enough force to seriously injure or kill an unsuspecting pedestrian. Kill a pedestrian? Yes, that’s happened more than once in New York’s Central Park, as well as in downtown Washington, D.C., and overseas in such places as Australia and the United Kingdom. Read the rest »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Motorcycling Is Symbolic of Freedom – or Wrongful Death

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 9, 2017

We all know the pros of riding a motorcycle—they use less gas, you can zip through traffic, and they’re a whole lot of fun.

But there are some very big cons about riding motorcycles, too. The most painful negative about riding a motorcycle is that you don’t have any outside protection like you would in a car. You also have only two tires with which to grip the road as opposed to four in a car. This can be dangerous in a predominantly wet environment like the Seattle area. One of the biggest cons of riding a motorcycle is that other drivers have a tendency not to see you because of your size.

Statistics bear out the dangers of motorcycle riding. Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that when compared to the occupant of a car or other motor vehicle, a motorcycle rider is 34 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury when involved with a traffic accident. Other motorists have a duty to share the road with motorcycle riders. This is not just a moral duty; it is also a legal duty. Read the rest »

Posted in: Wrongful Death

If My Driver Works Both Lyft and Uber, Am I in Greater Danger of an Accident?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 5, 2017

lyftNo one wants a driver who has been on the road for ten hours straight.

With the emerging rideshare industry changing the way we do local travel, taking Lyft or Uber is a convenient way to get around. Just pop open your app, request a ride, and boom! A fast and friendly trip to your destination. Because both driver and passenger rate each other after the trip, feedback promotes good drivers, passengers, and overall experiences.

But if a driver is working for both Uber and Lyft at the same time, does this lead to more accidents? Will your driver hit a tree after barreling down a mountain road, all the while snoring loudly?

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Posted in: Car Accidents

The Steep Price of Doctor Fatigue

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 17, 2017

When most people contract an illness, or sustain an injury, they turn to their local hospital for treatment. Most hospitals and medical facilities provide patients with exceptional, compassionate care, and provide them with trustworthy and experienced physicians. This is the case with most hospitals, but there are still some medical facilities in our country that subject their physicians and other medical staff members to dangerously long hours. Continue reading to learn more about doctor fatigue and its potential impact on patient care.

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

How to Avoid Rear End Collisions

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 15, 2017

rear-ended2Rear end collisions are some of the most common types of car crashes in America. They often occur in a split second, and can sometimes be the result of inattention or distraction. Rear end collisions range from fender-benders to serious, deadly crashes, and if the offending party lacks sufficient insurance, issues can become even more complicated. If you are interested in avoiding rear end accidents, you may find the information below appealing.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

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