Car Accidents

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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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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Top Causes of Seattle Motor Vehicle Lane Change Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 11, 2016

Imagine you’re driving down Interstate 5 through Seattle, and all you want to do is move over a lane or two. You make your move, and suddenly things start happening very quickly. A crash occurs and within seconds, it can have catastrophic effects. So what happened? What went wrong?

Improper lane changes are one of the top causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. But most people who find themselves in the situation don’t know what happened and so, it’s impossible to know how to keep it from happening again in the future. The top causes of Seattle motor vehicle lane change accidents include: Read the rest »

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Statute of Limitations for Washington Motor Vehicle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 16, 2016

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are common occurrences in Seattle and throughout the rest of Washington. There are many different factors that lead to these motor vehicle accidents. Over the years, the most common causes we’ve seen are negligent drivers, drivers under the influence, and poor road conditions.

Anyone involved in a Washington motor vehicle accident may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries or damages, depending on the details of their accident. But, many people might not know that there is a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit. This is called a statute of limitations. Read the rest »

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Washington State Car Accident Facts

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 20, 2016

There are over 200 million licensed drivers in America. With that many people on the road, accidents are going to happen. The United States Department of Transportation estimates about 7 million car accidents happen nationwide each year. No matter how safe a driver you are, there’s a good chance you’ll get into at least one accident in your lifetime. Read the rest »

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Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Washington State

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 28, 2016

Many car accidents are preventable.  They occur not because they were inevitable, but because one driver was negligent, careless, or reckless. These actions lead to tragic consequences for others on the road.

Over the years, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have seen many different types of car accidents. Here are the most common causes of car accidents in Washington in recent years: Read the rest »

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