Car Accidents

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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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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Tips to Avoid a Car Accident in Seattle this Black Friday

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 22, 2016

parking-lotCar accidents can happen any time, but on Black Friday, the chances of being in a car accident are much more likely. The Friday following Thanksgiving is of course, Black Friday, the day when consumers head out in droves looking for major discounts on their favorite items, and it comes at a great time, as many are just starting their Christmas shopping. But before excited shoppers can start lining up outside of retailers, they need to first get out on the roads and drive there, and because of this, it’s estimated that car accidents jump by 34 percent or more on Black Friday. Below are some tips to help prevent them from happening to you.

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Washington State Government Vehicle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 21, 2016

seattle-busSuffering an accident can be a traumatic event no matter what the circumstances, forcing you to deal with insurance claims, police reports, and, if the accident is severe enough, hospital visits and rehabilitation. But the level of complexity increases if the accident involved a government vehicle and driver.

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The Dangers of Verbal Threat Road Rage

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 17, 2016

Washington Car Accident FactsWith the growing congestion on Seattle roadways and the increased length in average commutes, it’s only natural that a driver might feel frustrated or even angry. But when that exasperation turns to open hostility towards fellow drivers or erratic driving, a phenomenon known colloquially as road rage, what was an understandable reaction to unfortunate circumstances might turn into reckless or even illegal behavior.

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Are Seattle Roundabouts Not as Safe As We thought?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 9, 2016

roundaboutWashington area drivers may have noticed an increase in the number of roundabouts on Seattle roads over the past decade. This is due to a concerted effort by the state’s Department of Transportation to install what are considered to be a safer alternative to traditional intersections. And while data certainly supports a decrease in the number of head-on collisions, accidents still happen.

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The Dangers of Elderly Driver Accidents in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 3, 2016

accident-intersectionThe following scenario might have happened to you. You’ve just been in an accident, one that wasn’t your fault. You may have even been injured. But when you learn that the driver who caused the crash is elderly, you suddenly feel sorry for them. Rather than zealously pursing the compensation you deserve, you feel guilty that you may be the reason why they are no longer allowed to drive.
Unfortunately, the above scenario is far too common. The latest data we have from the CDC indicates that elderly drivers are much more likely to be in an accident. Have a look at these numbers:

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Proving Fault in Wrong-Way Auto Accidents in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 31, 2016

One of the leading causes of car, motorcycle, and trucking accidents is attributed to a driver heading in the wrong direction on the roadway. Seattle, especially downtown, is notorious for having one-way streets, and many drivers accidentally turn onto one-way streets, driving the wrong way. Though an inadvertent mistake, this slip-up can cause a serious accident, resulting in traumatic injuries and even death. Read the rest »

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How an Attorney Can Help After a Seattle Car Accident?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 1, 2016

Being in an automobile accident can be a traumatic experience. Knowing your rights and responsibilities as a passenger or a driver can help you regain losses from vehicle damage and injuries. Contacting a lawyer who has had experience with auto accident claims can also make this situation easier. A qualified lawyer can guide you through a sometimes confusing legal system.

What to Do After an Accident

The immediate concerns after an accident are your injuries. Seek prompt medical attention for any injuries, regardless of how minor these may seem. Keep records of all medical costs. Also, keep records of lost wages due to the accident. Obtain other evidence in the form of police accident reports, eyewitness accounts, insurance reports, car repair or replacement costs, and photos or videos of the accident scene. A lawyer who is experienced in auto accident law can inform and guide you about the specific evidence needed for your potential lawsuit. Read the rest »

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Degloving Injury
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Wrongful Death
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Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
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Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
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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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