Drunk Driving Accident

Man Who Lost Parents in Seattle DUI Crash Speaks Up Against Drunk Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 7, 2013

A man who lost his parents in a recent Seattle car accident, which also resulted in life-threatening injuries to his wife and newborn son, addressed the media for the first time since the tragedy. According to a King 5 news report, the fatal crash occurred in Seattle on March 25. Officials say the driver responsible for the fatal collision may have been under the influence when he struck the four pedestrians.

The man’s parents were killed in the crash. His wife is unable to speak and may never communicate normally again and his newborn son is recovering but may lose his vision. In his statement to the media, the man says that this accident was preventable and he pleaded for people to refrain from drinking and driving. Read the rest »

Teenagers Severely Injured in Puyallup DUI Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 10, 2013

Five teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 17 were injured in a Washington car accident involving underage drinking. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the crash occurred along Highway 167 north of Puyallup. Officials say the 17-year-old driver may have been under the influence when she struck a power pole, trees, and a fence. The driver sustained minor injuries. One passenger suffered a broken arm and the rest of the passengers sustained bumps and bruises. The driver faces charges of vehicular assault and drunk driving.

A recent King 5 News article reminds all parents to speak with their teenagers about the dangers of driving drunk, especially since spring break is now under way. It is common during this time of year to see a significant spike in teenage DUIs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 31 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents are impaired. In the state of Washington, one out of every 10 high school senior has admitted to drinking and driving. Furthermore, one in five students has said that he or she has been in a car with a driver who had been drinking. Read the rest »

Pedestrians Killed in Seattle DUI Collision

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 3, 2013

Two pedestrians were killed and two others were injured in a Seattle car accident, which officials believe involved a drunk driver. According to a Fox News report, the fatal driving under the influence (DUI) car accident occurred in a North Seattle residential neighborhood.

Officials say a 50-year-old Seattle man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he struck four pedestrians who were crossing the street. An adult male and one adult female were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A 25-year-old mother and her two-week old infant were critically injured. The driver was taken into custody. Read the rest »

Child Killed in Washington State DUI Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 29, 2013

A 9-year-old was killed in a Washington car accident, which authorities say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal accident occurred on Highway 16 in Gig Harbor. Officials say the 26-year-old driver may have been drinking and smoking marijuana when he lost control and rolled his car. The driver and the 9-year-old boy were ejected during the crash. The boy succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital and the driver may face homicide charges. An 8-year-old girl in the backseat who was wearing a seatbelt was not injured.

The number of impaired driver accidents in Washington has decreased in recent years, but drunk driving continues to be a serious problem. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation: Read the rest »

Washington State Drunk Driving Statistics

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 12, 2013

Washington Drunk Driving Stats Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are much more likely to cause an accident. Drunk drivers show delayed reactions, impaired skills, difficulties focusing, and a proclivity for making poor decisions. Washington State has strict laws in place to deter drunk drivers, and the number of driving under the influence (DUI) accidents has decreased in recent years.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the number of DUI fatalities in Washington has decreased from 301 in the year 2006 to 230 in 2010. The number of serious injuries suffered in Washington DUI accidents has decreased in recent years as well. In the year 2006, 631 serious injuries were suffered in Washington DUI accidents and 468 people were seriously injured in the year 2010. Read the rest »

Help Lower Washington’s Drunk Driving Rates, Know When You’re Intoxicated

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 27, 2013

Washington Drunk Driving RatesThe state of Washington consistently ranks among the worst in the country for drunk driving incidents. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Washington is ranked 41st in the country when it comes to efforts to curb drunk driving. In the year 2011, there were 156 driving under the influence (DUI) fatalities in Washington accounting for 34 percent of all traffic deaths. MADD further reports that Washington has a serious issue with repeat offenders. In the year 2011, there were 19,783 three-time offenders and 2,103 five-time offenders in Washington State.

Why is drunk driving so dangerous? As you consume alcohol, your ability to drive safely decreases. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a driver becomes more impaired as he or she consumes more alcohol: Read the rest »

Protect Yourself from a Washington New Year’s Eve Car Accident: Drive Safely

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 26, 2012

WA New Years Drunk Driving AccidentNew Year’s Eve offers many Washington residents the chance to celebrate, whether it’s a small party with family or friends or a giant bash in downtown Seattle with thousands of excited partygoers. Unfortunately, an increased consumption of alcohol during the New Year also increases the number of drunk drivers on Washington roads, multiplying the risk of an accident.

You can help reduce this risk of a serious car accident ruining your New Year or the holidays of those you love by keeping in mind a few safety tips this December 31:

  • If you’re the host: Help your guests have a safe holiday. Serve plenty of non-alcoholic beverage options, close the bar at least an hour before the party is scheduled to end, and be prepared to call a cab or offer guests space to “crash” if they don’t seem able to drive safely. Read the rest »

Sober Driving Can Reduce Risk of Serious Summer Accidents in Washington

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 9, 2012

Seattle DUI Accident PreventionCinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby have passed, but the summer ahead is still full of opportunities to enjoy a drink with friends. If you decide to include alcohol in your celebrations, there are many ways you can also ensure you don’t drink and drive. Finding a sober ride home after drinking alcohol not only protects you, but it also decreases the risk of a serious Washington auto accident to others on the road.

Help protect yourself and others from drunk driving-related injuries with these tips: Read the rest »

Washington Driver Study Suggests Ignition Interlock Devices Prevent Deaths

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 29, 2012

Washington DUI PreventionA study of Washington drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that requiring all drivers convicted of DUI to have ignition interlock devices installed on their cars or trucks could decrease the number of injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving auto accidents on U.S. roads each year.

The study examined ignition interlock devices that were installed on vehicles after a driver was convicted of a first DUI offense, regardless of his or her BAC at the time of the arrest. In most states, ignition interlock devices are only required for a second or later conviction for DUI, or for cases in which the driver’s BAC was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent at the time of arrest. The study followed the drivers with and without ignition interlock devices to see whether they suffered a later drunk driving accident and/or were arrested again on suspicion of drunk driving. Read the rest »

Don’t Let Your St. Patrick’s Day End in a Drunk-Driving Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 16, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is a popular day to celebrate with family and friends for large numbers of U.S. residents, including those in Washington State. Unfortunately, many people include alcohol in their celebrations without thinking about how to get home safely – resulting in serious and tragic Washington drunk-driving accidents that can injure or even kill anyone involved.

In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 103 people lost their lives in car accidents in St. Patrick’s Day, and thousands more were injured nationwide. Over one-third of those who died were involved in a crash with at least one driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above 0.08 percent – the legal limit in all 50 U.S. states.

If you’re planning on going out for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoying an alcoholic drink or two, be smart. Figure out ahead of time how you’re going to get home in a safe, sober fashion, whether that’s riding with a designated driver, calling a cab, or walking. Or join those who have decided to take their safety and their friends’ safety one step further and volunteer to be the designated driver yourself. Read the rest »

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