Car Accident Safety

Winter Driving Tips

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 18, 2017

While it’s true that Seattle rarely sees snow, the city can still become quite cold and icy during the winter months. And when it does snow here, snowfall can be quite heavy. Even when it’s not snowing, it will likely rain; and both conditions call for additional safety measures on the part of Seattle drivers. As we enter this season, keep these winter driving tips in mind. Read the rest »

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Automated Cars May Actually Be Saving Lives

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

New studies have shown that automated cars and, more specifically, the safety features on those cars, may be saving lives. If you’re one of the people who worries about an accident with a robot vehicle, here’s some good news for you. Read the rest »

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The Rains Return to Seattle

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

The beginning of this month brought some serious heat and smoke from the Oregon wildfires to Seattle. The heat was a relief to those who sometimes get sick of Seattle’s rain, but it was short-lived. Rain has now returned to the city. And while this might be good news for residents who love Seattle’s damp, moody climate, it could be dangerous for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Read the rest »

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Top Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 11, 2015

Back to School DrivingEvery Seattle driver needs to stay alert in order to avoid accidents.  When the new school year begins, it’s important to watch out for changes in pedestrian traffic, the presence of school buses, and other events that you didn’t have to deal with during the summer. Read the rest »

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Washington Car Accident Lawyer Offers Summer Travel Safety Tips

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 23, 2013

Seattle Road Trip SafetySummer is the time of year when families take advantage of school being out by embarking on a long road trips. If you are planning on taking a road trip with family members or friends this summer, there are a number of common sense safety measures that you would be well advised to take.

At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we want you to stay safe with the knowledge we have gained from years representing auto accident victims in Washington.

Before you even begin, it is important that you plan out your trip. Determine what route you want to go and have a few back-up options ready in case you encounter bad traffic. It is also important to prepare your vehicle before leaving. Check your tires, including your spare, for proper tread and inflation. This simple inspection can have a great impact on your safety. A car with a blown tire is extremely difficult to control and is an imminent crash risk. You should also check your vehicle’s fluid levels, battery, hoses, and belts. Read the rest »

Drive Carefully in Winter Weather to Avoid a Seattle Car Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 21, 2012

Planning ahead to avoid driving in Seattle’s winter storms is the best way to avoid a weather-related car accident, but planning your trips around the weather’s whims isn’t always an option. If you must hit the road in winter weather, here are some safe-driving tips you can use to protect yourself and your passengers from a car accident – and the need to call a dedicated Seattle dangerous road car accident attorney.

Here are a few ways to drive more safely in snow, ice, and other winter weather:

  • Slow down. Driving more slowly can help prevent your vehicle from slipping on sudden icy or wet patches, allowing you to maintain control and avoid an accident. Let the road conditions, not the speed limit, tell you how fast to drive. Read the rest »

NTSB Hopes to Require Safety Tech in Future Vehicles

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 22, 2012

Washington Car Collision PreventionThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released its “Most Wanted List” for transportation safety in the U.S. The list, which includes plans for trains, aircraft, pipelines, and automobiles, included some high-tech hopes for cars: mandated collision avoidance technology.

Collision-avoidance technology systems currently exist or are being designed to perform a wide range of tasks – everything from warning drivers if the car drifts out of its lane to automatically checking vehicle tire pressure. Many of the systems use computerized sensors to check on the vehicle’s position, speed, or other factors, then feed the information into a computer that makes calculations and alerts the driver if something isn’t right. Read the rest »

Tips for Protecting Yourself after a Washington Car Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 4, 2012

Car accidents affect all too many Washington drivers, and it may feel inevitable that one day, you too will crash. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the risk of an accident, and there are ways to protect yourself after a crash occurs as well.

Take these steps to prepare and protect yourself in case of a car crash include:

  • Keep an “accident kit” in your vehicle at all times. Key items to put in your kit include a cell phone, a disposable camera to take photos at the scene, and a pen and paper to take notes, make diagrams, and write down the insurance information of others involved in the crash. Keeping flares, reflectors, or other high-visibility items with you can also help keep you and others safe if a crash occurs in the dark. Read the rest »

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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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