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Multi-Car Accident Claims Explained

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 12, 2020

Nothing is more confusing than a multi-car accident. While sometimes it may only include three or four cars involved in a rear-end collision, it can be extremely devastating to be involved in a pileup on a major highway like the I-5 or I-90. Determining what has just happened can be next to impossible when you are injured, and it can be even more stressful if you do not know who to blame. Liability and negligence in multi-car accidents may be challenging to evaluate, but it is not impossible.

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The Basics of Filing and Obtaining an Auto Accident Report

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 5, 2020

A police report detailing the events of an auto accident can be crucial to determining whether or not you receive proper compensation from an insurance policy. However, there are situations where drivers are unable to submit a statement to the police, such as if you were the victim in a hit and run accident and had to rush to the hospital. In addition, most Washington state residents are not aware of how to obtain an accident report to support their claim. That is why the team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., has broken down the entire process so you can move through the claims process as smoothly as possible.

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Collisions with Jeeps: How They Stack Up

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 1, 2020

When heading into the outdoors, nothing compares to traveling in a jeep. Its design and style bring to mind a scenic road trip into the wilderness and is often the vehicle of choice for enthusiastic hikers and travelers. However, that does not mean they are 100% safe, and its unique design can lead to catastrophic injuries to both occupants and other drivers.

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Swimming Pool Safety Violations & Impact Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 26, 2020

With summer in full swing here in Washington, a dip in the pool is a welcome break from the heat. But, as much as we all love a day at the pool, not all of them are up to code. The city of Seattle has several laws regarding pool construction and safety that property owners are required to abide by—otherwise, guests can become severely injured, especially if they suffer a spinal cord injury.

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PIP vs UM/UIM Coverage

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 12, 2020

In the state of Washington, insurance agents and brokers are required to offer two types of coverage to anyone purchasing an auto insurance policy—personal injury protection (PIP) and uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. You are not required to carry either under state law, however, they may offer huge advantages in an accident, especially if you need coverage for your injuries. Although both PIP and UM/UIM insurance provide protection if another driver hits you, there are differences between these two types of coverage that accident victims need to be aware of.

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How Often Should You Check Your Car’s Airbags?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 29, 2020

Seeing your mechanic for regular tune-ups can mean the difference between life and death in a car accident. But many drivers simply focus on oil changes and new tires. What about safety features, such as airbags? These invaluable devices can be the key to preventing a severe or fatal head injury, but only if properly installed and maintained.

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Liability Insurance and Rental Vehicles

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 15, 2020

After an accident involving a rental vehicle, it might not be immediately clear which insurance policies apply. You are likely in a lot of pain, confused, and stressed out about finding the funds to cover the costs of your injuries, as well as any damage to your own vehicle if you were hit by a rental car. Luckily, there are several insurance policies that may apply to your situation and can provide coverage after a collision.

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Congratulations to the Make Your Mark Scholarship Winners!

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 1, 2020

Making your mark on the world is not an easy feat. It requires determination, patience, an open mind, and grit. Not everyone succeeds, but many are in it for the long game, looking to the future and planning on how they will affect change in their communities and the world at large.

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Say Hello to the Finalists of the 2020 Make Your Mark Scholarship

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 24, 2020

To truly leave one’s mark on the world, you have to be creative, thoughtful, determined, and hardworking – all of which come with a strong educational foundation. Devoting your time to your education and mastering your skills can take you anywhere in the world, and even allow you to leave behind a lasting legacy.

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Can You Claim PTSD in a Car Accident Claim?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 18, 2020

Traffic collision can be traumatic experiences that go beyond physical wounds. In cases involving traumatic brain injuries, victims can suffer mood swings, depression, anxiety, and other changes in cognitive functions. But even in accidents that do not involve head wounds, you can still be left with lasting emotional damage. This may affect your personal relationship, work-life balance, and ability to perform daily tasks.

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