Auto Accident Injury
Defective airbags aside, facial injuries to drivers and passengers are a common result of auto accidents. If you or a family member has suffered a facial injury in a motor vehicle accident, you or they may be entitled to compensation for the injuries and losses suffered. To ensure that you get a settlement worthy of your injury, you need to contact an experienced Seattle car accident injury attorney. For over four decades, the legal team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has been successfully representing Seattle area injury victims, winning them substantial settlements. To find out more about your legal rights and options, call our offices at (888) 228-3860. Your initial consultation is free of charge.
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It is a common misconception that the rain in springtime and the snow in winter create the most dangerous driving conditions. In fact, the most dangerous months of the year for driving are in the summer. Furthermore, the days surrounding July 4 and the early weekends of August are historically the deadliest days of the year for drivers and passengers nationwide.
There are many reasons why the summer is so dangerous for motorists in Washington, including:
- Impaired motorists: People celebrating the summer holidays typically enjoy alcohol before hitting the roadway. If you see a vehicle that is weaving through traffic or drifting from a lane, keep your distance and have a passenger call the authorities. Read the rest »
One person was injured in a Seattle car accident when a car left the roadway and crashed through the front window of a restaurant. According to a KOMO news report, the car crash occurred at an Ethiopian restaurant at 13510 Aurora Avenue North in Seattle. Officials say the car belonged to the husband of an employee of the business. He was dropping his wife off when the car jumped the curb and went into the building. No customers were inside at the time of the accident, but one person suffered minor injuries. It is unclear what caused the crash or how it could have been prevented.
Immediately after being involved in a Seattle car accident, it is important to take a deep breath and to try to remain calm. The actions you take in the aftermath of a collision could affect your ability to receive compensation for the injuries and losses you have sustained.
Here are five steps you can take that will increase your chances of getting the support you need:
- Call the police. If you or anyone else has suffered an injury, you must call the authorities and remain at the scene of the crash. The police report can provide you with specific details regarding when and where the crash occurred and the names of the parties involved.
- Gather contact information. It is not advisable to rely solely on the police report for important contact information. If you are able to do so, gather the name, number and insurance information for the drivers involved in the collision. If anyone witnessed the accident, write down his or her name and number as well. Read the rest »
There are a number of unique driving challenges that arise in the summertime. As the heat increases in Seattle, so does the number of pedestrians, bicyclists, and drunk drivers. Make sure you are focused on the roadway and that you exercise safe driving habits at all times.
The first step to staying safe this summer is to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive. When was the last time you had your car services? Oil changes, tire rotations, and battery checks can significantly reduce your chances of being left on the side of a Washington highway.
If you have a big summer trip planned, take your car to a trusted mechanic first. Make sure to check your vehicle’s tire pressure, wiper blades, fluid levels, brakes, automatic transmission, and power steering. Don’t forget to check your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals. These simple steps will greatly reduce your chances of having a major mechanical malfunction. Read the rest »
If you were a passenger who sustained an injury in a Washington car accident, you have the right to seek compensation from the party or parties who caused or contributed to the crash. Even if the at-fault party is a relative or close friend, passengers are still entitled to compensation. The fact that a friend is the party responsible for the accident should not deter the injured passenger from seeking just compensation for his or her losses because all of the damages should be covered by the driver’s auto insurance policy unless he or she is uninsured or underinsured.
The other possible concern for passengers is that filing a claim will increase their friend’s insurance premium. Not all car accidents result in an increase in insurance premiums. Furthermore, if an insurance provider increases their rates because of a crash, the driver can always shop around for less expensive insurance. It is important that you, as the injured victim, are fairly and fully compensated for all your losses. Read the rest »
The driver of an SUV and a female parking enforcement officer were both injured in a Seattle car accident involving a Nissan Pathfinder and a three-wheeled parking enforcement scooter. According to a KOMO news report, the injury accident occurred on 11th Avenue in the Central District of Seattle. Officials have yet to determine who was at fault for the crash. The officer and the male driver of the SUV, who is believed to be in his 40s, were hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.
Following most Washington car accidents, the injured victim can seek financial compensation for medical bills, suffering, and lost wages by filing a claim against the at-fault driver. The victim will have to prove that the other driver’s negligence contributed to the crash. Insurance claims and civil lawsuits are valuable tools for injured victims of injury auto accidents. If the victim was on the job at the time, he or she can also seek workers’ compensation benefits from his or her employer. This coverage should include medical bills and a portion of the wages lost while healing. Read the rest »
Before even calling an insurance company, it is important that you are prepared. Where did it occur? What were you doing at the time of the accident? What types of injuries and losses have you suffered? It is important that you are clear, concise, and consistent with your answers to these and other questions related to the incident. Read the rest »