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Should You Report Your Car Accident on Google Maps?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 21, 2020

Google Maps has a host of hidden features that many people are not aware of. When you plan out a route, you can share your progress with friends and family to keep them updated on your arrival time or if you are worried about being involved in a violent crime. Or you can save your parking spot on a residential street or parking lot so that you can easily find your vehicle.

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Are Electric Vehicles Safer in an Accident?

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

While our dreams of flying cars are still just that, the rise of electric vehicles is upon us. With both the advancement of hybrids and fully electric cars, consumers have more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient options when shopping for a car. At first, many of these vehicles were limited to shorter drive times, but with the availability of cross-country charging stations, it is not uncommon to see an electric vehicle on a major U.S. highway. But with this increase in electric vehicles on the road, we have to ask how safe they are in an accident.

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Study Finds Accident Rates Increase After Seahawks Lose

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 3, 2020

Seattle fans are known nationally to be some of the most passionate and devoted sports fans in the world. Let’s face it – our team is the best! When we have a home game, the amount of traffic naturally increases around the Seahawks Stadium (officially the CenturyLink Field). With increased traffic, you can naturally expect an increase in the risk of accidents. A recent study from Q13 Fox TV found that when the Seahawks lose a home game (which, of course, has never happened) there is a 9.4% increase in accidents!

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Survey Finds Seattle Commute to Be One of the Worst in the USA

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 13, 2020

If you drive to and from work every day, then like us, you probably have first-hand experience with  mind-numbing Seattle traffic. In a recent survey done by MYNorthwest, Seattle was reported to have the fifth-worst traffic nationwide and is the only of the five worst cities to have less than 800,000 residents. Seattle topped the list of cities where workers say that their commute has gotten worse recently, and such terrible commutes are causing many people to change jobs to avoid commuting.

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Just Because the Rainy Season Is Over Doesn’t Mean Wet Roads Aren’t a Safety Risk

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 1, 2019

Though the wettest part of the year has come and gone, we in the Seattle area still get rain. Drivers in the Pacific Northwest know that traveling on wet roads and surfaces is part of life. Though we are used to it, a new study has found that driving on even a mildly wet surface greatly increases your chances of being in a car accident. Read the rest »

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When An App Isn’t Enough After an Injury Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 26, 2019

If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know how traumatic it can be. Even if you aren’t injured, it can be a shock. And if you do sustain mild injuries, combined with the emotional stress of the situation, at the very least you’ll probably be feeling a bit shaken. Now imagine having your car totaled, with you in it, somehow managing to get yourself out of the vehicle, and then having to open an app on your phone to report the accident. Read the rest »

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Getting Into an Accident in Canada

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 18, 2019

With Canada so close by, living in the State of Washington means that you can travel internationally just by going on a road trip. Our northern neighbor offers a lot of great destinations for people looking to spend a day or two sightseeing or exploring nature, and it’s just a short drive away. Many Washington residents keep their passport as handy as their driver’s license so they can venture across the border whenever the mood strikes them. But, before you decide to spend a day abroad, take a minute to make sure you are armed with adequate insurance and are aware of the differences between our laws and Canada’s. Read the rest »

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RV Crashes in Washington – Where Does Liability Lie?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 26, 2019

Hitting the open road in a recreational vehicle is a popular way to vacation in the Seattle area. The natural beauty and numerous campgrounds just a few hours from Seattle make it a great way for families to get away from the city and enjoy some quality time together.

But how safe are these big family camper units? And worse, what happens when you get into a collision with one? Read the rest »

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Night Driving: Not Just Obnoxious, But Risky

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 16, 2019

We’ve all experienced the blinding headlights of an oncoming vehicle when driving at night. Your vision goes from slightly strained to obscured, as your pupils contract reflexively to avoid the stabbing pain of the headlamps. Slowly, your vision returns to normal, until the next car or truck passes you with a beam so bright it feels like you’re looking at the face of the sun. Read the rest »

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The Skinny on Electric Vehicles in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 5, 2018

Cars are so essential to our way of life that it’s almost impossible to imagine a time before they existed. Every year, car manufacturers make astonishing progress to our favorite four-wheeled modes of transportation. And when it comes to choosing new cars, we are given an endless amount of options on the market. Read the rest »

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