Car Accidents

Defective Vehicle Parts: Accidents Waiting to Happen

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 16, 2018

A car crash can be caused by many things: reckless driving, poor weather conditions, or defective parts on a vehicle.

The scary part is, you can’t control the third one. Read the rest »

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Who’s Liable for a Multi-Car Crash?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 25, 2017

Liability is a tricky – but vital – aspect of a civil claim, and the more people involved in the accident, the more difficult liability can be to establish. In multi-car crashes, like the one on Seattle’s I-5 South last month, determining who is responsible becomes muddied by all of the people involved. Read the rest »

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Rainy Season Is Approaching; Make Sure Your Tires Have Enough Tread

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 6, 2017

Seattle may not get nearly as much snow as other cities in the U.S., but it does see more rainy days. Driving in the rain can be just as dangerous as driving in snow and ice if your car isn’t properly prepared for the conditions. The best way to prepare? Make sure your tires have enough tread. Read the rest »

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Tips for Driving in Wet Weather

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 23, 2017

Living in the Seattle area, you can expect an average of 152 rainy days in a year. This steady flow of precipitation keeps the foliage around the Emerald City lush and green while keeping the air clean and fresh. Unfortunately, it also makes driving more hazardous. Nationwide, wet pavement contributes to 1.2 million traffic accidents each year. But, driving in wet conditions won’t be as dangerous if you follow a few simple tips:

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Save Your Life in 15 Minutes

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 15, 2017

If someone told you that 15 minutes could save your life, would you be willing to listen? Well, spending just a quarter of an hour checking out a few things on your car before your next trip could help you avoid an accident and save you and your passengers from serious injury—or worse.

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If My Driver Works Both Lyft and Uber, Am I in Greater Danger of an Accident?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 5, 2017

lyftNo one wants a driver who has been on the road for ten hours straight.

With the emerging rideshare industry changing the way we do local travel, taking Lyft or Uber is a convenient way to get around. Just pop open your app, request a ride, and boom! A fast and friendly trip to your destination. Because both driver and passenger rate each other after the trip, feedback promotes good drivers, passengers, and overall experiences.

But if a driver is working for both Uber and Lyft at the same time, does this lead to more accidents? Will your driver hit a tree after barreling down a mountain road, all the while snoring loudly?

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How to Avoid Rear End Collisions

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 15, 2017

rear-ended2Rear end collisions are some of the most common types of car crashes in America. They often occur in a split second, and can sometimes be the result of inattention or distraction. Rear end collisions range from fender-benders to serious, deadly crashes, and if the offending party lacks sufficient insurance, issues can become even more complicated. If you are interested in avoiding rear end accidents, you may find the information below appealing.

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Out of Towners, Congested Roads, and Car Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 13, 2017

car-accident2Whether it’s for the holidays, a wedding, or any other event, it’s great when family and friends come to visit, especially in Seattle where there’s so much to see and do. But Seattle’s roadways are very busy, especially the I-5 southbound; and Seattle consistently ranks as one of the worst cities to drive in throughout the entire country. So, if your visitors have to go out on the road, how do you make sure they’re safe and don’t get into any accidents?

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Winter Weather and Crosswalk Safety

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 26, 2017

wet-crosswalkWinter brings with it a number of hazards, especially when it comes to Washington State’s roads and highways. But you don’t have to be in a vehicle to be in danger of an accident, pedestrians also need to be aware of the adverse effects of winter weather on the roadways.

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Something Not On Your Wish List: Crashes Due to Slick Roads

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

rain-drivingIt’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, New Year’s – all of the big holidays are right around the corner. That means that more people are on the roads visiting family, getting their holiday shopping done, and going to holiday parties. When you combine all of this activity with the slick roads that are present in Seattle during these months, it’s no wonder that the number of accidents in the city increase in the winter. But if you should find yourself in the unlucky predicament of getting into a car accident due to slick roads, who is at fault?

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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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