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Safety in Seattle – 8th Best in the Country

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 30, 2017

Smart Growth America has rated 104 of the most populated cities in the entire country; and Seattle was ranked eighth-safest for pedestrians.

This proud moment comes after Seattle announced its intention in 2015 to have absolutely no pedestrian deaths or injuries from accidents with vehicles, including bicycles. When compared with other cities with the same goal, such as Nashville, Seattle sits at the top of the safety class. Nashville had 50 pedestrian and cyclist deaths in 2016; Seattle had eight in that same year. Better than the 26 deaths that Washington, D.C., saw and the 13 deaths that made headlines in Portland. Read the rest »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Automated Cars May Actually Be Saving Lives

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 25, 2017

New studies have shown that automated cars and, more specifically, the safety features on those cars, may be saving lives. If you’re one of the people who worries about an accident with a robot vehicle, here’s some good news for you. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident Safety

How Safe Do Cyclists Feel on Seattle Streets?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 20, 2017

Recently, Traffic Lab asked cyclists around Seattle how they felt about the city’s infrastructure for bicyclists, and how safe overall they felt riding around the city. They received mixed reviews, so in the end, Seattle falls somewhere in the middle; especially when compared to other cities around the country and in other parts of the world. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accident

The Rains Return to Seattle

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

The beginning of this month brought some serious heat and smoke from the Oregon wildfires to Seattle. The heat was a relief to those who sometimes get sick of Seattle’s rain, but it was short-lived. Rain has now returned to the city. And while this might be good news for residents who love Seattle’s damp, moody climate, it could be dangerous for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident Safety

The Jeep Recall May Not Have Gone Far Enough

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 10, 2017

It was during the last week of August that a woman in Ohio became the latest fatality attributed to unsafe fuel tanks mounted in the back of certain Jeep models. Her death puts the focus back on Chrysler and the recall it issued to resolve the issue back in 2013. As it turns out, the recall just didn’t go far enough. Read the rest »

Posted in: Rear-End Accidents

Joseph Pendergast: One of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Washington

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

As the 2017 Major League Baseball season heads into its final months, the Mariners definitely aren’t a shoo-in to make the American League playoffs. But, there still is a chance for Seattle’s boys of summer to make one of the league’s two wildcard berths. No, it hasn’t been a stellar season for the M’s, but some individual players had good seasons. Both second baseman Robinson Cano and right fielder Nelson Cruz suited up to represent the Emerald City in the MLB 2017 All-Star Game.

While any athlete in a team sport prefers that his team succeed, being named one of that sport’s elite players is also quite an honor. That’s why Seattle personal injury firm Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., is proud to announce that partner Joseph E. Pendergast III has been named one of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Washington State for the fourth time by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA). You can learn more about this prestigious honor and the AIOPIA here. Read the rest »

Posted in: Law Firm News

Is Someone Responsible If I’m Injured Riding a Segway?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 31, 2017

“Gliding” on a Segway is the perfect way to travel around Seattle. Not only does it let you take in all the sights, but it’s the perfect environmentally-friendly and modern mode of transportation for this progressive city. But how common are Segway accidents? What injuries can you incur, and who’s responsible for them if they happen? Read the rest »

Posted in: Segway Accident

Who’s Liable If You’re Injured by a Skateboarder?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 25, 2017

Skateboarding seems fun. But what happens if that fun ride turns into a dangerous situation? If you’ve been injured by a skateboarder, is he or she to blame? And does the skateboarder have to pay for your injuries and costs? Read the rest »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Seattle’s Bike-Sharing Program Is Over

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

The Seattle bike-sharing program known as Pronto didn’t have a very long life. It began in October 2014 and the last ride was taken in March 2017. But while many predicted that this bike-sharing program would see lots of injuries, that wasn’t the case—as it turns out, there were few riders involved in accidents. Instead, Pronto may have ended, in part, because of Seattle’s own helmet laws. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accident

What to Do If You’re Hit by a Segway

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

If you’re hit by a car while out walking, it’s relatively easy to know who’s at fault for the accident. Most of the time, it’s the driver of the car. But what do you do if you’re hit and injured by a Segway? Who can be held liable? For that, the answer is less clear, and depends on the circumstances. Read the rest »

Posted in: Segway Accident

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Degloving Injury$2,400,000
Degloving Injury
from defective power winch.
Wrongful Death$1,925,000
Wrongful Death
from head-on van accident.
Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
Wrongful Death
from highway design defect.
Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
Wrongful Death$460,695
Wrongful Death
oncoming traffic accident.
Rear-End Collision$450,000
Rear-End Collision
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$390,000
Car Accident
resulting in fractured leg.
Car Sideswipe$390,000
Car Sideswipe
resulting in injured back.
Head-On Collision$372,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in fractured pelvis.
Car Accident$360,000
Car Accident
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$275,000
Car Accident
resulting in jaw fracture.
Overturned Truck$230,000
Overturned Truck
resulting in broken ribs.
Head-On Collision$230,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in shoulder injury.
Motorcycle Accident$225,000
Motorcycle Accident
resulting in leg fracture.

Written by Joseph Pendergast, this book is designed to help people who have suffered a personal injury understand their rights and the steps to take to be sure they get the compensation they deserve.

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