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How Are Hit-and-Runs Investigated in WA?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 19, 2021

Being hit by another vehicle, which then flees the scene, is one of the most unfortunate situations a person can be put in. You may feel hurt, lost, confused, and scared about your future. Even after reporting the collision to the police, you may have no clear idea about how to get your medical bills paid and property damage covered.

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Do Automated Cars Make Drivers More Inattentive?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 26, 2021

The future draws nearer and nearer as automated vehicles become more commonplace, but many humans are still concerned about what this means for road safety.

Proponents of self-driving vehicles claim that this technology can eliminate driver error altogether and stop the majority of car accidents. While we hope that they are correct and our roads will become significantly safer, that technology is still far away, and until then, we still have to deal with a major issue in partially automated vehicles: driver inattention.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

What to Do if You Are Injured in a Rear-End Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 23, 2021

Rear-end car accidents are often considered minor, despite how common they are on the congested roads around Seattle. But this complacency surrounding rear-end collisions often makes drivers and passengers dismiss their injuries, which can put them at risk of suffering further damage. If you were injured by another driver in a rear-end collision, it is important to follow these key steps to ensure you can receive full compensation for your trauma.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

How Much Liability Can a Seattle Landlord Have in an Injury Claim?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 9, 2021

When you move into a new apartment building or rent out an office space, you do so trusting that the property is secure and free of any danger. You justifiably believe that you can go about your day as normal without the risk of suffering a serious injury.

Sadly, that is not always the case in Seattle.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Will Comparative Negligence Affect a Senior’s Slip-and-Fall Claim?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 23, 2021

People over 65 are considered the most “at risk” for suffering serious trauma in a fall, whether that is a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, a hip fracture, or even death. Even though they are more prone to falls than others, many senior slip-and-fall cases are the results of someone else’s negligence, oftentimes a property owner who failed to clean up a spill or left a trip hazard in an entranceway.

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New Carsharing Service Launches in Seattle: What Drivers Should Know

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 9, 2021

Once upon a time, almost every major city had a carsharing service where drivers could access on-demand vehicles located on the side of the road. Often charging drivers on a per-mile or per-hour rate, these vehicles were affordable alternatives to using a standard rental company. Carsharing has largely gone out of style given the availability of ridesharing services, and, here in Seattle, carsharing services were all but extinct after Share Now and LimePod shut down services in 2019.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Washington State Dog-Bite Liability and Public Parks

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 26, 2021

Seeing a dog in public can be a delightful event, but that joy can quickly turn to terror when Fido suddenly attacks you. You may have been enjoying a run or stroll in Washington Park Arboretum or Discovery Park when, without warning, you found yourself the victim of a serious dog bite. The owner may have pulled their animal off you and apologized, but that does little to cure your injuries. After seeing your medical bills, you may be worried about how to cover these costs. However, according to Washington state’s dog-bite laws, you may have more options than you think.

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Posted in: Dog Bite

When Is Bone Grafting Necessary?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 30, 2020

Most people have had to deal with a broken bone at some point in their life, whether it is a minor fracture in the hand or a broken femur from playing sports. While initially painful and uncomfortable, these injuries usually heal without any major complications. But in rare cases, more serious, and often expensive, treatments may be required.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

What Causes One-Sided Paralysis?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 27, 2020

Receiving a diagnosis of paralysis can be heart-wrenching. The loss of sensation and motor control will force you to completely change your life and contend with a difficult future. While people often think of paralysis in serious conditions like paraplegia or quadriplegia, it is often more complex. Many accident victims have to face the real-world consequences of a hemiplegia diagnosis.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Injured by an Out-of-State Driver?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 19, 2020

Nestled between Idaho and Oregon, the Evergreen State receives millions of out-of-state drivers every year. Whether traveling for work, tourism, or school, these visitors help bolster our state’s economy and build up our reputation as a great tourist destination. However, these visitors can also bring problems, including reckless or careless driving habits. Some drivers do not know how to handle themselves on Washington’s rural roads, especially in our state and national parks, but they can also cause accidents on the busy and complicated streets of Seattle. It is not uncommon for local residents to be injured by negligent out-of-state drivers. When this occurs, you may be wondering what your options are.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

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