Auto Accident Injury

Five Injured in King County Car Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 24, 2013

A sheriff’s deputy and four others were injured in a King County van accident involving three vehicles. According to The Associated Press, the injury accident occurred on State Route 162 near the Pierce County town of Orting. Officials say a minivan collided with a vehicle that was turning left as well as the vehicle in which the deputy was traveling. The deputy and four people from the van were taken to a nearby hospital. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Some of the most devastating intersection accidents involve drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way while turning left. According to Washington Statute 46.61.185, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.” Read the rest »

Governors’ Highway Safety Association Considers Graduated Licensing for Driver Safety

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 6, 2012

Seattle Teen Driver Car CrashLearning to drive and receiving that first driver’s license are key rites of passage in the lives of U.S. teens. But the inexperience of teen drivers increases many of the risks they face on the road, any of which can lead to a serious accident.

In order to help protect teen drivers and get them the skills they need to stay safe, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently commented on plans by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to encourage graduated driver’s licensing programs in all 50 states. Read the rest »

Car Accident Spinal Cord Injuries May Cause Permanent Paralysis

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 2, 2012

Seatle Spinal Injury AccidentCar accidents can cause permanent disabilities, especially when a catastrophic injury is involved. When a car crash victim suffers a spinal cord injury, he or she may have to live with the permanent aftereffects, including paralysis.

The word “paralysis” simply describes the loss of muscle function in some part of the body. Paralysis may affect any part of the body and may be caused by a wide range of injuries or illnesses, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), stroke, or disease.

When paralysis occurs after an injury, it is usually because the brain, spinal cord, or both have been damaged in a way that prevents the brain from communicating with a body part. Post-accident paralysis may be temporary or permanent. It may affect the entire body, just the lower half or one side of the body, or any other body part. Read the rest »

Driver Saves Passenger from Burning Car in Washington I-5 Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 7, 2012

A driver pulled his passenger from his burning car after a recent crash on Interstate 5 in Washington near Federal Way, according to The Sacramento Bee. Rescue workers present at the scene say that the driver’s actions likely saved the life of the passenger.

The crash occurred just before 4 a.m., when passersby called in an accident and a burning vehicle near the concrete barrier on Interstate 5. Rescue workers rushed to the scene of the Washington freeway crash, where they discovered two seriously injured people and a vehicle engulfed in flames. According to eyewitnesses, the vehicle had struck a concrete junction box and subsequently caught fire. Read the rest »

Attorney Joseph E. Pendergast, III Releases New Online Book for Washington Personal Injury Claims

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 22, 2012

Free WA Accident Book DownloadPersonal injury accidents happen every day throughout the state of Washington, occurring in an instant and often turning a victim’s life into chaos. While the victims of personal injuries caused by the actions of another person can seek compensation for their losses, many do not understand this process or their legal rights. To aid injured Washington residents, personal injury attorney Joseph E. Pendergast, III with the law firm of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has released a new online book entitled Auto Accident & Personal Injury Claims: A Guide for Consumers to Protect Their Rights.

The new book is free to download from www.hardwickpendergast.com and offers information on victims’ legal rights in a variety of personal injury accidents and an in-depth look at the legal process for finding compensation. Personal injury topics covered in this free book include Washington personal injury claims, safe driving tips, auto accident injuries with a specific focus on whiplash, and details on insurance companies’ involvement in injury claims. Washington personal injury accident victims can also better understand an attorney’s role in seeking personal injury compensation and what can make or break a case. Read the rest »

Understanding Accident-Induced Low Back Pain

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 9, 2012

Low back pain is the second most common neurological condition in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, and they are more likely to develop the condition between the ages of 30 and 50. Car accidents are a major source of low back pain.

In a car accident, the body may be thrown violently forward, backward, or to the side, causing a number of different auto accident injuries. Although wearing a seat belt can decrease the damage caused by this force, it is often enough to cause stress to the complex structures in the low back. Muscles, nerves, soft tissue, spinal vertebrae, and the cartilage discs that cushion the vertebrae can all be affected. Some of these structures, especially the discs and soft tissue, may take a long time to heal or may be permanently damaged, especially in older people. Read the rest »

What is Seattle “Whiplash” and What Should I Do if I Think I Have it?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 8, 2011

Whiplash” is an injury to the neck that occurs when a person’s head is thrown forwards and backwards quickly. It commonly occurs in car accidents, due to the sudden force caused by hitting another vehicle or being hit by another vehicle. The sudden motion damages the soft tissues in the neck, leading to a wide range of possible symptoms.

Common symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and/or stiffness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, unusual prickling or burning sensations, and shoulder or back pain. Some people also experienced mood changes, depression, memory loss, irritability, and fatigue. It’s also possible to have whiplash along with another injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Reinforces the Dangers of Texting While Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 27, 2011

In February of 2010, 19 year old Heather was killed instantly one month after her birthday, as her car left the roadway south of Tumwater, struck a guardrail and tumbled into a ditch. She was texting a friend in the minutes before the crash. Again in February of this year, a two-year old female passenger was injured during a collision in Thurston County when the 29-year old driver left the roadway, drove into the shoulder and struck a parked pick up head on. This driver was also texting.

These unfortunate drivers were not alone, even with the texting and driving laws, thousands of people are injured or killed every year while texting or being otherwise distracted. That’s why it’s good to remind ourselves and our teenage drivers that when you’re in the car – keep your hands off the phone. Remember, if you’re driving on the freeway, you can travel more than the length of a football field in the time it takes to simply read a short text message or dial a number. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Notes Connections Between Spinal Cord Injury, Defective Equipment and Motor Vehicle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 12, 2011

Motor vehicle accidents cause all kinds of injuries, possibly the most debilitating and tragic is a spinal cord injury. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 42% of all spinal cord injury cases were the result of auto or truck accidents. Tragically, the majority of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) victims are young men between the ages of 16 and 30.

A Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) occurs when a sudden and traumatic blow to a person’s spine fractures, crushes or dislocates a part of his or her vertebrae. The effects of SCI depend on the type of injury and the level of the injury. SCI can be divided into two types of injury – complete and incomplete. A complete injury means that there is no function below the level of the injury, no sensation and no voluntary movement. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Attorney Urges You to Drive Defensively

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 29, 2011

When it comes to preventing auto accidents, remember the Boy Scout motto – BE PREPARED.  Or in this case – DRIVE DEFENSIVELY.

Here are some simple defensive driving techniques that will allow you to anticipate potential hazards and be ready to handle them: 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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