Dangerous Road Accident

Woman Injured as Car Crashes Into Port Washington

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 13, 2016

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries when the car she was driving tipped over into the Port Washington Narrows waters. The car accident occurred near the 3500 block of Tracyton Beach Road NW north of NW Carter Farms Court in Tracyton. Officials say the road was slippery in that area, but they aren’t sure what caused the vehicle to enter the water and turn over. The driver was trapped inside the vehicle, which was completely submerged. Firefighters detected a heartbeat and resuscitated the driver. Read the rest »

Seattle Drivers Struggle with Icy Conditions

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 19, 2014

Washington Dangerous RoadwaysThe night of February 8 was particularly treacherous for Seattle drivers because of icy conditions on the roadways. According to a KIRO TV news report, several cars spun out of control on Madison Street west of 6th Avenue in Seattle. Officials saw that many of the drivers were unable to maintain control of their vehicles on the icy and snowy roadways. A number of nearby pedestrians and police officers were needed to help push the cars that were stuck in the snow. It is not clear if anyone was hurt in the icy conditions, but a number of the vehicles struck each other and crashed into the curb.

Officials are attempting to respond to the snowfall by mobilizing snowplows to dangerous areas where they are needed most. In the meantime, drivers are encouraged to avoid driving unless they absolutely must venture out in these conditions. If you have to drive in icy and snowy conditions, here are a few tips to help you stay safe: Read the rest »

149 Car Crashes Reported in Spokane after Snowfall

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 15, 2013

Over a snowy two-day period, 149 vehicles crashed in Spokane County. According to a NWPR news report, there were 116 wrecks on January 7 in Spokane County when half a foot of snow fell, and another 33 accidents by mid afternoon on January 8. Officials say that many of these dangerous roadway crashes involved drivers who were traveling too fast for the roadway conditions. The posted speed limits are for optimal roadway conditions and not for roads that are covered in snow, water, or ice. In the article, a Spokane police officer recommended driving no faster than 30 mph on roads where the limit is 50 mph.

Winter driving can be treacherous. When it is snowing, it may be advisable to just stay home. If you do have to drive, there are a number of important safety tips to consider. First and foremost, it is important to make sure that your vehicle has been properly maintained. Having inflated tires that have proper tire tread depth is key to getting good traction. Having quality brakes will also prove vital when dealing with wet and icy conditions. Read the rest »

Prepare for Safe Winter Driving in Washington by Planning Ahead

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 19, 2012

Washington Winter Driving Safety Washington winters mean snow, ice, and rain – and sometimes all three. With the possibility of inclement weather always in the air, it’s important to plan ahead so you minimize your risk of serious injury in a car accident.

Here are a few ways your plans can help protect you, your passengers, and others on the road:

  • Check the weather reports. Pay attention to weather forecasts and plan errands or extended trips on days the weather is predicted to be clear. Before you hit the road, check the weather not only in your area, but also in the places you plan to go, so you’ll know if you’re heading into a storm. Read the rest »

Check Your Car before Tackling Winter Weather Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 6, 2012

Washington Winter Weather Driving Dangers All Washington drivers should prepare their vehicles before winter weather hits in order to reduce the risk of an accident. There are many vehicle checks you should keep in mind as colder weather moves in. Even without snow or ice, a drop in temperatures can change road and vehicle conditions, which may increase your risk of an accident.

Here are a few things to examine while you’re preparing your vehicle for winter weather:

  • Tires. Do your tires have sufficient tread on them? Do they need to be rotated? In some conditions, you may want to consider switching to tires specially designed for winter weather. Also, don’t forget to check your tire pressure. For every 10-degree drop in air temperature, your tire pressure can drop by one psi or more. Read the rest »

Four Tips for Safer Washington Winter Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 20, 2012

Washington Winter Related CrashWinter in Washington brings rain, sleet, snow, and ice – all factors that can make driving more dangerous. Whether you’re heading out for holiday shopping, going to a party, or just making your everyday commute, you can take steps to make winter driving safer for you and your passengers. Here are four tips for safer winter driving in Washington, courtesy of the Washington State Patrol:

  • Check your car. Make sure tires are properly inflated and have enough tread in roder to handle dangerous winter roads. Check antifreeze and washer fluid levels frequently. Examine hoses and belts for wear and replace them if needed.
  • Pack an emergency kit. First aid supplies, a shovel, a flashlight, a snow scraper, and extra warm clothing and blankets can all be helpful or even life-saving in case of an accident. Consider packing these items into an emergency kit kept in your vehicle for winter driving. Read the rest »

Snohomish County Overhauls Dangerous Roadway after Accident Claims Lives

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 19, 2012

Hazardous Roadways WashingtonSnohomish County has decided to move forward with plans to fix a stretch of dangerous roadway after an accident last fall left a teenager from Marysville dead and caused serious injuries to two other passengers, according to a recent article in the Wenatchee World.

The changes will affect a stretch of 108th Street near 83rd Avenue SE, where the families of the injured passengers and other concerned community members have pointed out that a steep hill, lack of sight distance, and absence of proper warning signs combine to create a dangerous stretch of road in which drivers cannot see what’s ahead and are often not prepared for emergency situations until it is too late to avoid a crash. 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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