2017 May Archive

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?

Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

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Degloving Injury$2,400,000
Degloving Injury
from defective power winch.
Wrongful Death$1,925,000
Wrongful Death
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Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
Wrongful Death
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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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