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Get the Help You Need After an Auto Accident

Being injured in an auto accident can be traumatizing, and many people take months, years, or even their whole lives to deal with the repercussions. It is important to remember that no matter how difficult the situation, there are ways to set things right. Accident survivors are given ways to cope physically, emotionally, and financially by filing an injury claim or pursuing a lawsuit to hold the negligent parties responsible. While not every crash calls for legal action, it helps to know your rights and options to make the best decision for your specific situation.

With over four decades of experience seeking justice for Seattle car accident victims, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., will work diligently on your behalf. We understand that no amount of money can cover the pain of losing a loved one or having to adjust to a lifelong disability, but we can help. We want to guide you and your family through the complex legal process of filing your claim, fighting your case, and receiving the restitution you are owed so you can focus on healing and rebuilding your life.

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How Can I Recover Damages and Losses in Washington State?

If another person's negligence was the cause of your accident, you may be compensated for the following:

  • Medical Expenses: Keep a record of all medical expenses related to your collision. Injuries could include broken bones, head trauma, and damage to soft tissue. Your medical expenses include more than just the initial visit to a doctor or hospital - any medication, procedures, therapy, or rehabilitation should also be included.
  • Loss of Wages: Being unable to return to work after a car accident is common, especially if your injuries are severe or require therapy and rehabilitation. You can also seek compensation for the tuition you might have lost after missing classes due to the accident.
  • Property Loss: Whether your car is totaled or only has minor damage, you may be compensated for the cost of repairing any damage. This can include repairs to your vehicle, the cost of a rental vehicle, or the purchase of a replacement if your car was considered a total loss.
  • Emotional Distress: A wreck can damage more than just the body. It can be a terrifying and uncontrollable situation, and it can have an impact on your emotional state. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can result from a vehicle collision, especially if a loved one is injured.
  • Long-Term Care: If a serious injury prevents you from working, any necessary physical rehabilitation or long-term care should also be factored into your compensation.

Washington is a "pure comparative fault" state, which means that injured victims may recover damages even if the victim bears 99% of the blame for the crash. However, the recovery amount will depend on the victim's degree of fault. That’s why it’s important to seek the help you need by working with an experienced Seattle car accident attorney.

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Common Collision Locations in Washington

  • Construction Zones: Travel any stretch of street in Seattle, and you're bound to run into some road construction. From bridge repairs to pothole filling, the Washington State Department of Transportation stays busy year-round maintaining and repairing damage to the state’s roads. Throughout these many work zones, you'll find a posted speed limit that brings traffic to a crawl to keep workers safe. Drivers who speed through roadside construction sites aren't only breaking the law – they are putting lives, including their own, at risk. Should they crash, people who are injured have the right to take action against the at-fault party.
  • Freeways and Highways: The Washington freeway system makes it significantly easier for drivers to travel throughout the state. Unfortunately, the widespread use of highways by thousands of drivers means that one moment of carelessness can lead to major vehicle pileups, catastrophic injuries, and untimely deaths.
  • Intersections: Whenever you make a right or left turn, you must always be on the lookout for other cars and pedestrians. When motorists speed through intersections, or don’t pay attention to cars turning into their lane, it’s a recipe for disaster.

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Causes for Car Accidents in Washington

Do You Know Your Right Of Way?

Roadways are covered with bright, colorful signs meant to warn drivers that they are entering construction zones, slippery ice, or must stay cautious to other potential dangers. Sadly, despite the signs, many drivers choose to ignore these warnings. Additionally, if they’re not paying close enough attention, they could easily run a red light or do something else that puts themselves and other drivers at risk. Some of the common causes of car accidents include:

  • Texting instead of paying attention to what is ahead.
  • Speeding through construction zones, intersections, or any other area. Drivers may hope to avoid a red light, sign-men, or any other warnings that would slow them down.
  • Passing slower traffic along sections of the road that have been roped or coned off.
  • Making unsafe lane changes due to not paying attention to other drivers around you.
  • Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of other drugs.

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What About a Single-Vehicle Crash?

If you were in a single-vehicle crash, you might think you don’t have any options for securing the money you need to put your life back together. The authorities and even insurance providers are likely to assume that the crash was your fault, but at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we understand there are numerous reasons you could have ended up in an accident. We have a wide network of resources to draw on to get to the bottom of what caused the crash. Through investigation, specialist reviews, and accident reconstruction, we can build a solid foundation for your claim. There are numerous factors that may have led to your single-vehicle collision, and you are still entitled to financial compensation. Some causes of single-vehicle crashes include:

  • Dangerous Roads - The poor conditions of the pavement, lack of lighting, broken traffic signs and signals, or faulty road designs can cause even the most experienced driver to crash.
  • Negligent Drivers - Careless or aggressive motorists can force others off the road by swerving, sideswiping, or other erratic maneuvers.
  • Defective Auto Parts - Faulty tires, defective brakes, or damaged fuel lines can make driving any vehicle dangerous.

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Standing Up to Insurance Companies after a Seattle Car Accident

Most accident victims believe that their own insurance company will be their greatest ally after an accident, but that is not always the case. The primary goal of insurance companies is to make money, and that can sometimes conflict with your best interests. If you choose to go through your insurance company, payments may be delayed, and it’s very likely that you will be offered a lowball settlement. Insurance companies may also deny a valid claim, so you must be ready with the appropriate evidence and materials to prevent this from happening. The lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., will not only represent you against the other drivers, but also work on your behalf with your own insurance company to ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries and losses.

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two cars smashed into each otherFor more than 40 years, the car accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., have been helping victims recover damages as a result of auto accidents. Call (425) 228-3860 or toll-free at (888) 228-3860 today for your free consultation.

Results You Can Trust

Over the years, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., has helped thousands of victims get on the path towards healing by recovering financial compensation for their injuries. Recently, we have recovered more than $12 million for victims of freeway accidents, rear-end collisions, single-vehicle crashes, and other types of car accidents.

When we fight for your case, we review every resource at our disposal, including witness testimony, photographs of the crash site, police reports, and medical records, to make sure that you are seeking the right amount of compensation for your damages.

We understand the legal system and what is required to prove that a driver has acted negligently. Our history of working with police officers and investigators allows us to compile the clear and convincing evidence required. Don’t try to handle something as complicated as a car accident on your own. Contact our office at (425) 228-3860 to get started.

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