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Do Automated Cars Make Drivers More Inattentive?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 26, 2021

The future draws nearer and nearer as automated vehicles become more commonplace, but many humans are still concerned about what this means for road safety.

Proponents of self-driving vehicles claim that this technology can eliminate driver error altogether and stop the majority of car accidents. While we hope that they are correct and our roads will become significantly safer, that technology is still far away, and until then, we still have to deal with a major issue in partially automated vehicles: driver inattention.

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What to Do if You Are Injured in a Rear-End Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 23, 2021

Rear-end car accidents are often considered minor, despite how common they are on the congested roads around Seattle. But this complacency surrounding rear-end collisions often makes drivers and passengers dismiss their injuries, which can put them at risk of suffering further damage. If you were injured by another driver in a rear-end collision, it is important to follow these key steps to ensure you can receive full compensation for your trauma.

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New Carsharing Service Launches in Seattle: What Drivers Should Know

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 9, 2021

Once upon a time, almost every major city had a carsharing service where drivers could access on-demand vehicles located on the side of the road. Often charging drivers on a per-mile or per-hour rate, these vehicles were affordable alternatives to using a standard rental company. Carsharing has largely gone out of style given the availability of ridesharing services, and, here in Seattle, carsharing services were all but extinct after Share Now and LimePod shut down services in 2019.

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Injured by an Out-of-State Driver?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 19, 2020

Nestled between Idaho and Oregon, the Evergreen State receives millions of out-of-state drivers every year. Whether traveling for work, tourism, or school, these visitors help bolster our state’s economy and build up our reputation as a great tourist destination. However, these visitors can also bring problems, including reckless or careless driving habits. Some drivers do not know how to handle themselves on Washington’s rural roads, especially in our state and national parks, but they can also cause accidents on the busy and complicated streets of Seattle. It is not uncommon for local residents to be injured by negligent out-of-state drivers. When this occurs, you may be wondering what your options are.

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Does Bad Weather Excuse Poor Driving Behavior?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 9, 2020

Washington is known for its cloudy skylines and stormy seasons, which tend to make our roadways damp, if not outright dangerous. While some drivers know how to adapt to adverse weather conditions, others choose to drive recklessly and put other drivers in serious danger. Drivers should always put safety first, especially during a rainstorm, fog, or icy spell, because failure to do so can make them liable for any accidents they cause.

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What Do You Do When a Mattress Hits Your Car?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 30, 2020

Anyone who has ever driven on the freeway has at some point seen lost cargo strewn across multiple lanes. Sometimes it is as mild as a box of clothes or groceries, but it can also include objects as large as refrigerators, mattresses, and washing machines. While large commercial trucks have a reputation for losing cargo, passenger vehicles are also major culprits. Consumers often tie down large pieces of furniture to the tops of their vehicles or have to crack open their trunks to properly transport them. This can make the roads incredibly dangerous if these are not secure, as they can lead to catastrophic accidents.

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The Consequences of a T-Bone Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 30, 2020

Intersections are one of the most likely spots for a car accident to occur as drivers must contend with both vehicles in their own lanes and the cross flow of traffic. Oftentimes, these accidents occur when one driver is blindsided by a driver traveling perpendicular to them, leading to a T-bone accident. These collisions can be extremely scary, as drivers and passengers may not be aware of what just occurred. The lasting results can follow them for years to come as they must deal with catastrophic injuries.

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Multi-Car Accident Claims Explained

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 12, 2020

Nothing is more confusing than a multi-car accident. While sometimes it may only include three or four cars involved in a rear-end collision, it can be extremely devastating to be involved in a pileup on a major highway like the I-5 or I-90. Determining what has just happened can be next to impossible when you are injured, and it can be even more stressful if you do not know who to blame. Liability and negligence in multi-car accidents may be challenging to evaluate, but it is not impossible.

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The Basics of Filing and Obtaining an Auto Accident Report

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 5, 2020

A police report detailing the events of an auto accident can be crucial to determining whether or not you receive proper compensation from an insurance policy. However, there are situations where drivers are unable to submit a statement to the police, such as if you were the victim in a hit and run accident and had to rush to the hospital. In addition, most Washington state residents are not aware of how to obtain an accident report to support their claim. That is why the team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., has broken down the entire process so you can move through the claims process as smoothly as possible.

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Collisions with Jeeps: How They Stack Up

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 1, 2020

When heading into the outdoors, nothing compares to traveling in a jeep. Its design and style bring to mind a scenic road trip into the wilderness and is often the vehicle of choice for enthusiastic hikers and travelers. However, that does not mean they are 100% safe, and its unique design can lead to catastrophic injuries to both occupants and other drivers.

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