Bicycle Accident

The Growing Danger of “Dooring”

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 11, 2018

Cycling has been a growing transportation trend for quite a while now, and it doesn’t seem like it will be departing anytime soon—especially in Seattle! Read the rest »

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The Most Dangerous Seattle Intersections for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 7, 2018

With beautiful weather most of the year and a population focused on health and fitness, Seattle has become one of the best cities to walk or bike around in. But while the city has taken major strides to ensure that walkers and bikers are kept safe, it’s clear there’s still some work to do. We in Seattle are a long way from the zero pedestrian deaths or injuries the city announced it was striving for in 2015. Read the rest »

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How Safe Do Cyclists Feel on Seattle Streets?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 20, 2017

Recently, Traffic Lab asked cyclists around Seattle how they felt about the city’s infrastructure for bicyclists, and how safe overall they felt riding around the city. They received mixed reviews, so in the end, Seattle falls somewhere in the middle; especially when compared to other cities around the country and in other parts of the world. Read the rest »

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Seattle’s Bike-Sharing Program Is Over

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 22, 2017

The Seattle bike-sharing program known as Pronto didn’t have a very long life. It began in October 2014 and the last ride was taken in March 2017. But while many predicted that this bike-sharing program would see lots of injuries, that wasn’t the case—as it turns out, there were few riders involved in accidents. Instead, Pronto may have ended, in part, because of Seattle’s own helmet laws. Read the rest »

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ATV Accidents: Causing All-Terrain Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 1, 2017

All-terrain vehicles, commonly referred to as ATVs, are popular throughout the State of Washington. They are used for recreational purposes like hunting and off-roading, and also for work-related tasks in farming and construction. While these machines are fun and very useful, they can also be dangerous, causing serious injury and death.

Recently, an 11-year-old girl from Graham, Washington, was killed while riding on an ATV at Cowlitz Timber Trails campground in Salkum. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 130,000 injuries were caused by ATV accidents in the year 2012, resulting in the death of more than 140 children and 550 adults. In Washington State alone, there were 27 ATV-related fatalities between 2013 and 2015. Read the rest »

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Winter Weather and Bike Riding Safety

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 30, 2017

bicycle-winterBicycling as a means of transportation in Washington continues to be promoted at both the state and local levels of government. The League of American Bicyclists has consistently named WA the most “bicycle friendly” state in the US. The Washington State Bicycle Facility and Pedestrian Walkway Plans were designed to improve connections, increase coordination, and lessen traffic congestion. The quantifiable results that they seek include an annual 5% reduction in collisions and to double the amount of people participating in biking and walking within 20 years. In Seattle, there are an estimated 158,000 bicyclists. The city believes this improves health through exercise, reduces traffic, pollution and fuel consumption, all while helping the local economy, particularly in the retail sector.

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Summer 2016 Sees an Increase in Cyclists on the Road and an Increase in Bike Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 8, 2016

Seattle is known for being a fairly progressive city when it comes to accommodating cyclists on the road. Each day, thousands of Seattle residents hit the streets to commute to work and school. This number exponentially increases in the summer when the temperatures are warm and the weather is mild. As the number of cyclists rises in the summer, so does the number of bike-related accidents. Read the rest »

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Proving Negligence in a Bicycle Accident Case Involving an Injured Pedestrian in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 5, 2016

Seattle, one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States, sees its fair share of bicyclists who are injured by careless drivers, potholes, and other street hazards. But what happens if the bicycle accident involves a bicycle colliding with a pedestrian in a crosswalk? Who is responsible for the injuries sustained? Read the rest »

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Is Riding Your Bike at Night Time Ever Safe in Seattle?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 26, 2016

According to a study conducted by the Transportation Data Office, the majority of bicycle accidents occur in the evening between the hours of 6pm and 9pm. Many of these accidents occur in winter months, where daylight savings time and an earlier-setting sun bring darkness earlier in the day. Due to visibility issues that arise at dusk and continue through the dark evening hours and with the increasing number of bicycle accidents occurring due to negligent drivers, many have begun to wonder whether it is safe to ride your bike in the evening. Read the rest »

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Broken Bone Injuries Commonly Suffered by Seattle Bike Riders

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 25, 2016

Bicycling is a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly, and healthy way to get where you need to go in Seattle. Though people are encouraged to continue utilizing their bike as a mode of transportation whenever possible, it’s also understood that cycling through the streets and alongside motorists comes with its risks. Because of hazardous road conditions and negligent drivers, bike riders often find themselves in dangerous situations that result in injury.

Whether a cyclist collides with a vehicle, encounters a pot hole, or another incident occurs that causes them to be thrown from their bike, it’s common for broken bones to be suffered. Depending on the circumstances, this kind of personal injury may permit the victim to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Read the rest »

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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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