Car Accident Injury

Are Your Brake Pads Ready for Winter Weather?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 10, 2017

rainy-drivingDuring the winter months, snow, sleet, and heavy rain can cause serious problems for drivers in all areas of the country. Wintry precipitation, when combined with general driver negligence, account for a spike in traffic accidents during the winter months. Despite this bad news, having your brake pads maintained and ready for the icy roadways is an effective way to reduce your chances of crashing this winter.

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Teenagers Injured in Seattle Car Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 4, 2015

Seattle Car AccidentAt least six teenagers were injured in a Seattle car accident in which one vehicle plummeted down a 70-foot embankment. As reported by King 5, the car crash occurred on I-5 in Seattle. Officials say one of the vehicles was traveling at a high rate of speed when it went through a guardrail and plummeted down the embankment. One of the passengers had to climb back up the hill to ask for help.

The police are looking into whether the two drivers were behaving erratically or even racing. They believe that the vehicles were moving at a high rate of speed but they have not announced if the drivers were involved in a street race. Of the eight teenagers inside the two vehicles, six suffered injuries. Two of the passengers have been listed in critical condition. Read the rest »

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Passenger Injured in Washington Car Crash

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

A passenger in a vehicle whose driver was fleeing the scene of a crash was critically injured after the vehicle crashed into a tree. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the two accidents occurred near Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street. Officials say the male driver of a 1993 Chevy Blazer first sideswiped a Nissan and then lost control while fleeing the scene of the crash. The hit-and-run driver and his passenger had to be cut from the Blazer. The passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and has been listed in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan was not injured.

Leaving the scene of an injury accident is a crime in Washington. Under Washington Statute 46.52.020: “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident.” Read the rest »

Severity of Soft Tissue Injuries from Car Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 10, 2013

Seattle Soft Tissue InjuryThere are many types of injuries that may be suffered in a Washington car accident and many of them have long-term consequences. Soft tissue trauma is one of the most common injuries to overlook because it is not as obvious as a broken bone or a bleeding laceration. Many soft tissue injuries are mistakenly dismissed as minor and easily treatable with painkillers and rest. Unfortunately, it is common for soft tissue injuries to get worse over time and for the victim to suffer from chronic pain.

A soft tissue injury is any damage involving the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A majority of injured car accident victims suffer some form of soft tissue injury. This type of trauma does not show up on X-rays and often manifests as nothing more than discomfort shortly after the crash. Read the rest »

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries Suffered in Washington Car Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 2, 2013

Seattle Spinal Cord DamageWashington car accident lawyers know that spinal cord injuries often leave crash victims with chronic pain and long-term health effects. There are many types of injuries you can suffer in a Washington car accident, including traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, sprains, strains, lacerations, internal injuries, burn injuries, and amputations. Some of the most devastating injuries you can sustain in a collision involve your neck and back. In extreme cases, victims can sustain spinal cord injuries that permanently affect their quality of life.

Spinal cord injuries are particularly devastating because they often require extensive rehabilitation. Many spinal cord injuries result in a permanent loss of either sensation or movement below the site of the trauma. While broken bones can heal over time, spinal cord injuries often never improve.

There are a few different types of spinal cord injuries that can occur during a crash. A complete spinal cord injury is when there is bruising, pressure, or  loss of blood to the spinal cord. It will typically result in the complete loss of sensation and motor ability below where the spinal cord is damaged. An incomplete spinal cord injury, however, does not result in the complete loss of movement or sensation. Read the rest »

Woman and Child Injured in Street Racing Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 19, 2013

A high-speed street race may have been to blame for a crash that resulted in serious injuries to a 26-year-old woman and minor injuries to her four-year-old son. According to The Yakima Herald Republic, the crash occurred near the Burger King on West Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima. Officials say the victim was pulling out of a parking lot in her Toyota Corolla when a westbound Jeep Grand Cherokee slammed into her car.

She suffered severe internal injuries and her son suffered superficial glass cuts. The 23-year-old driver of the Jeep, who was traveling more than 65 miles per hour, was arrested at the scene and the 18-year-old driver of the car he was racing was tracked down as well. They both are expected to face two counts of vehicular assault. Read the rest »

Washington Teenager Injured in Possible Drowsy Driver Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 8, 2013

The Bellevue car accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., are concerned about an increasing number of collisions caused on our roadways by sleepy drivers. Recently, an 18-year-old Orting man was seriously injured in a Washington car accident after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel. According to a report by The News Tribune, the car crash occurred along state Route 162 near Orville Road. Officials say his vehicle left the eastbound lane and crashed. He has been listed in critical condition with a partially collapsed lung and multiple broken bones.

Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. When you are fatigued, your reactions are delayed and can be more challenging to stay focused. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of drivers polled in 2005 admitted to feeling drowsy while driving in the past year. Over one-third of drivers interviewed actually fell asleep while driving. Estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries result from drowsy driving each year. Read the rest »

Dealing with Your Insurance Company after a Car Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 10, 2013

Washington Car Crash Insurance Settlement If you have been injured in a car accident, it may be several days before you recover physically and emotionally, as it is an extremely traumatic experience. However, it is difficult to escape dealing with your insurance company in the days after your car accident. You may not only have to talk to your own insurance company, but also to insurance adjusters for other parties who may want to get a variety of information from you. It is critical that you are careful about what you say, what you sign, and what information you provide to these insurance companies. Your actions in these matters can significantly affect your personal injury claim.

What every accident victim should remember is that an insurance company is not your friend. Insurance companies remain profitable by not paying claims that are filed. Insurance adjusters are paid and trained by these companies to find ways and means to prevent paying you. They will go the extra mile to find out information about you and the case that will be advantageous to them. Their goal is to minimize the value of your claim or find ways to deny it. Read the rest »

CDC Calls Motor Vehicle Accident Decreases a “Significant Public Health Achievement”

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 12, 2012

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced their top 10 significant public health achievements for the past decade, 2001 to 2010. Included on the list was the significant decrease in deaths and serious injuries caused by U.S. motor vehicle accidents during that period.

According to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of death for young Americans, ages five to 34 years, and they are one of the top 10 causes of death for Americans in every age group. Motor vehicle accidents cause approximately $99 billion in financial losses due to medical bills and lost wages every year, and they rank behind only cancer and heart disease in the number of years of life lost to those who suffer in them. Read the rest »

NHTSA Looks into BMW 7-Series Rollaway Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 23, 2012

Washington Defective BMWThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has started investigating reports of rollaway accidents in BMW 7-Series vehicles more closely, after multiple reports that the vehicles had failed to stay still while they were supposedly in “park,” according to a recent report from CBS News.

One report, from a 7-Series owner in Atlanta, Georgia, told of a case in which the driver parked in a day care parking lot and turned off the vehicle’s ignition. The vehicles are supposed to enter “park” immediately when the ignition is cut. However, this vehicle ended up in “neutral,” which allowed it to roll across the parking lot and crash into an embankment. Luckily, no one was injured. 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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