Auto Accident Injury

Proving Fault in Wrong-Way Auto Accidents in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 31, 2016

One of the leading causes of car, motorcycle, and trucking accidents is attributed to a driver heading in the wrong direction on the roadway. Seattle, especially downtown, is notorious for having one-way streets, and many drivers accidentally turn onto one-way streets, driving the wrong way. Though an inadvertent mistake, this slip-up can cause a serious accident, resulting in traumatic injuries and even death. Read the rest »

Facial Injuries In A Car Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 21, 2016

The automotive world has been abuzz about what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling “the largest recall in American history;” the expanded recall of Takata airbags. The problem, which baffled researchers for months, is that the inflating mechanism can degrade over time, particularly in hot, humid weather. When this happens, the bags deploy, unleashing a hail of shrapnel into the head of the driver and front seat passenger, and causing severe facial injuries and sometimes death. Before it’s over, the NHTSA predicts that over 100 million cars will have been recalled.

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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Understanding Whiplash Injuries After a Seattle Auto Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 21, 2015

Injury Incident“Whiplash” is the common name given to soft tissue injuries to the neck and shoulders, like a strain or sprain. Whiplash injuries are so named because they often result when the head snaps quickly forward and back, as it does when one vehicle collides with another. These injuries are common in rear-end and other types of car accidents. Read the rest »

Top Driving Dangers to Avoid This Summer

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 8, 2015

Seattle Auto AccidentIt 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 »

Car Crashes into North Seattle Restaurant

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 27, 2015

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.

Vehicles crash into storefronts, restaurants and commercial buildings more often than you’d think, and sometimes, customers suffer serious injuries. According to some recent studies, there are up to 60 car-into-building accidents every day in the United States. These potentially serious accidents can take the lives of drivers, pedestrians, workers, and business patrons. Read the rest »

Five Steps to Take after a Seattle Car Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 1, 2014

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 »

Driving Safely in the Summertime

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 3, 2014

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 »

Can Passengers Seek Compensation if They Have Been Injured in a Car Crash?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 30, 2013

Seattle Personal Injury ClaimIf 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 »

Seattle Parking Enforcement Officer Injured in Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 23, 2013

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 »

Talking to the Insurance Company after a Washington Car Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 21, 2013

Seattle Auto Accident InsurancePersonal injury lawyers in Washington will advise that injured victims take several important steps following a Washington car accident to ensure that they receive fair compensation for their losses. Part of the claims process involves speaking with the insurance company. It is a common mistake to assume that the insurance company will act in your best interest. This process is fraught with traps and loopholes and the insurance adjuster you are speaking with will likely be looking for any excuse to deny your claim.

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 »

Our Case Results

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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