Hit and Run Accident

Injuries Commonly Suffered by Seattle Hit and Run Victims

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

Though everyone knows it’s a disgraceful act, not to mention against the law, to leave the scene of a traffic collision, it’s an unfortunate truth that there are motorists out there that do just that. Hit and run car accidents are more common in Seattle than many might realize. Whether it’s another vehicle that’s been hit or a pedestrian, the victims are at risk of suffering serious injuries.

All car crashes are a traumatic experience to have to go through, but hit and runs can be especially stressful because of the uncertainty at first of who to hold accountable. Victims have the right to seek the maximum award in a hit and run case, and with the help of an experienced attorney, may recover damages for medical costs, pain and suffering, and loss of income. Read the rest »

Port Orchard Woman Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 20, 2015

Hit and RunA 64-year-old grandmother walking in front of her home was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. The fatal car accident happened along Victory Drive Southwest in Port Orchard. She was found unconscious on the ground and pronounced dead the next day at Harborview Medical Center.  Read the rest »

Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 13, 2015

Hit and RunA 23-year-old man was killed in a Seattle area car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred near the 20500 block of Nachant Drive Northeast in the Indianola community south of Kingston. Officials say they are looking for the silver-colored sedan with front-end damage that struck the victim. The Suquamish Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver. Read the rest »

Driver Injured in Seattle Hit and Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 18, 2015

WA Auto AccidentA man was hospitalized recently after a Seattle car accident involving a driver who fled the scene of the crash. According to a Seattle Times news report, the hit-and-run accident occurred on Interstate 5 at the Duwamish Curves. Officials say the man was driving in a blue Toyota 4-Runner when a car changed lanes and struck his SUV. His SUV struck a concrete barrier and rolled onto the roadway. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

A witness of the crash wrote down information about the vehicle that sped off and notified the authorities. Officials used that information to track down the Seattle woman and her Mercury Grand Marquis. She was booked into the King County Jail for felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault. Read the rest »

Child Injured in Seattle Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 7, 2014

A 7-year-old girl has been critically injured in a Seattle car accident involving an SUV that drove away from the crash site. According to a King 5 news report, the hit-and-run accident occurred near the intersection of Martin Luther King Way and Genesee Street in Seattle. Officials say the girl was walking home from Kimball Elementary School after a tutoring class with her older sisters when a red or maroon Chevy Tahoe ran her over and drove away. Witnesses say the girls had the right-of-way. The young victim improved from critical to serious condition overnight. Authorities are looking for help in tracking down the driver responsible for the crash.

Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal under Washington law. Under Washington Statute 46.52.020: “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident.” Read the rest »

Woman Critically Injured in Seattle Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 21, 2013

The family of a Seattle woman is asking for the public’s help to find the driver who struck her and then left the scene. According to a KOMO News report, the woman suffered multiple broken bones in the violent crash. Officials said the woman and her husband were walking home from the grocery store in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood at the intersection of northeast 55th street near 28th avenue northeast.

They crossed the street outside a crosswalk and were struck by a car. The impact from the collision threw the woman onto the hood of the car. The driver drove with the woman on his car’s hood for 40 feet and then took off. She has suffered two broken legs, a broken pelvis, and brain injuries. The vehicle that hit the woman has been described as a tan or beige sedan. Anyone with information is asked to contact Seattle police. Read the rest »

Police Still Seeking Witnesses of Seattle Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 17, 2013

Seattle Auto AccidentA 40-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured after a vehicle struck him in the 9200 block of Rainier Avenue South, The Seattle Times reports. Police say that a vehicle struck the pedestrian and took off without rendering aid. The pedestrian was transported to Harborview Medical Center with potentially life threatening injuries. So far, police have been unable to find any witnesses to the collision. The investigation is ongoing.

Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is a crime under Washington State Law. According to RCW 46.52.020, “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident.” Read the rest »

Officers Arrest Seattle Hit-and-Run Driver

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

A 38-year-old man from Mountlake Terrace has been arrested after leaving the scene of an accident and causing a Honda to catch fire in a separate crash. According to a King 5 news report, the accidents occurred on Interstate 5 in the Northgate area as well as near Denny Way.

Officials say the driver had a suspended license when he struck a Toyota and possibly a Ford Ranger before being involved in a fiery collision with a Honda Accord. The driver of the Honda escaped injury, but the suspect sustained minor injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving under the influence of alcohol. Read the rest »

What are the Rights of Hit-and-Run Victims?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 30, 2013

A 34-year-old man was killed in a recent Seattle car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to The News Tribune, the fatal hit-and-run accident occurred near 12th Avenue and South Dearborn Street. Officials believe the man was struck and dragged by the motor vehicle before being left in the street. Investigators are trying to determine who was responsible for the crash.

The family of someone killed in a Seattle pedestrian accident can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver to receive compensation for their tragic losses. A successful claim can result in compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income and a number of other damages. This is not possible, however, when the at-fault driver flees the scene of the crash. Read the rest »

Pedestrian Injured in Seattle Hit-and-Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 5, 2013

A man who was recently attempting to elude police officers struck a pedestrian and fled the scene on foot. According to The Seattle Press Intelligencer, the hit-and-run accident occurred along Third Avenue near University Street in Seattle. Officials pulled over a gold-colored Chrysler for violating peak hour restrictions. During the stop, the driver failed to produce any form of identification. He then sped off before further action could be taken.

The authorities say that the driver then made a turn from the wrong lane against a red light and struck a pedestrian. He then successfully eluded officers on foot. The pedestrian suffered a broken leg. The authorities are still searching for the driver. Officials describe the suspect as a six-foot-tall, African-American man in his 20’s. Read the rest »

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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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