Intersection Accidents

Pedestrian Injured in Capitol Hill Intersection Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 13, 2014

A man in his 20’s suffered a number of injuries when a car struck him at a Seattle intersection. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the pedestrian accident occurred at East Harrison Street and Broadway East on Capitol Hill. Officials say he hit the windshield of the car after he was struck. He sustained a broken leg and other injuries. It is not clear how the accident occurred or what condition the man was in when he was transported to the hospital.

Seattle car accident lawyers see accidents like this one occur at busy city intersections often. When you are walking, it is important to use caution. Make eye contact with drivers before entering the roadway and only cross where there is an intersection or a crosswalk. Never dart into traffic or assume that a motorist sees you. Read the rest »

Crashes Caused by Running a Red Light

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 11, 2013

Seattle Personal InjuryMany of the most devastating Washington car accidents occur at street intersections. Drivers who run red lights are often responsible for fatal or serious injury accidents that could have easily been prevented. According to the 2011 Washington State Collision Data Summary, there were six fatal collisions, 50 serious injury collisions, and 1,375 minor injury collisions resulting from drivers disregarding stop and go lights.

Under Washington State Statute 46.61.050, “The driver of any vehicle, every bicyclist, and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer.” Read the rest »

Seattle Debating Making Changes at Site of Fatal Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 16, 2013

When a roadway or intersection is particularly dangerous, it is the responsibility of the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway to assess whether or not changes need to be made to prevent future collisions. According to a King 5 News report, the Seattle Department of Transportation is currently considering making changes to Northeast 75th Street in Wedgewood. Officials began contemplating changes after two people were killed in a possible DUI accident last month.

Many neighbors have expressed concerns to the city about their safety on the busy roadway. Transportation officials are now listening to those concerns and reviewing traffic data to see if anything improvements can be made at that intersection. The goal, officials say, is to increase safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Several Seattle roadways including Aurora Avenue, Lake City Way and Rainier Avenue are getting new pedestrian lights, signs and additional police enforcement as well. Read the rest »

Bicyclist and Motorcyclist Injured in Seattle Collision

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

A bicyclist in her 30s and a motorcyclist in his 20s have been hospitalized after being involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Seattle. According to a report by The Seattle Times, the car accident occurred at Alaskan Way and Broad Street near the Seattle waterfront. Officials say the collision involved a taxicab, a parked car, a bicyclist, and a motorcyclist. Both the injured bicyclist and motorcyclist were taken to a nearby medical center. It is unclear what caused the crash or if anyone involved will be cited for the collision.

Determining liability for a crash is an important part of any claim. In most cases, the plaintiff must show that the negligence of the other driver contributed to the crash. This process becomes more complicated when there are multiple vehicles and victims. While there are more potential witnesses to these types of crashes, there are also more insurance companies to deal with and a higher probability of contradictory witness reports. It is common in multi-vehicle crashes for companies to pass the blame or to offer inadequate compensation. It is important that victims of multi-vehicle collisions do not accept a settlement until an experienced personal injury lawyer reviews the offer. Read the rest »

Police Vehicle Crashes with Taxi at Spokane Intersection

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

A Spokane County deputy was in a recent car accident with a taxicab after allegedly running through a flashing red light. According to a KREM news report, the accident occurred at the intersection of 2nd and Monroe in Spokane. Investigators say the deputy failed to stop at the light before crashing into the passenger side of the taxi. Neither of the motorists was reportedly injured. It is not clear if the deputy will be charged for the crash.

Under Washington State Statute 46.61.050, “The driver of any vehicle, every bicyclist, and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer.” This means that all motorists must come to a complete stop at all stop signs and red lights. Read the rest »

Failure to Yield Accident Injures McCleary, Washington Woman

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 15, 2012

A woman from McCleary, Washington who was traveling along Highway 12 near Keys Road recently suffered injuries when another driver collided with hers, according to a recent news report from KXRO. Investigators say the accident resulted from the second driver’s failure to yield.

According to the report, the collision occurred at the intersection of Keys Road and Highway 12. The woman, a 59-year-old McCleary resident, was driving on Highway 12 as the second vehicle, driven by a 68-year-old man from Elma, approached northbound on Keys Road. Rather than stopping at the intersection to let the woman’s vehicle pass, the other driver pulled onto Highway 12, colliding with the woman’s car. Read the rest »

Study Finds Running Red Lights is a Major Source of Fatal Accidents

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

Seattle Intersection Accident Causes Traffic lights and signs are put up to control the flow of traffic and warn drivers of the need to stop or slow down to avoid a crash. When a driver runs a red light or stop sign, however, serious injuries or motor vehicle accident deaths can result.

According to the Federal Highway Association (FHWA), about 2.3 million intersection crashes occur in the United States each year, resulting in over 7,700 deaths. About 10 percent of these deaths, or 768 of them in 2008, occur when a driver intentionally or negligently runs a red light. Deaths nationwide in red-light-running accidents have decreased since 2008, but for most of the past decade have held steady at rates between 900 and 1,000 deaths per year. Read the rest »

Dangerous San de Fuca Intersection to See Improvements Soon

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 29, 2011

The intersection of Arnold Road and Interstate 20 near San de Fuca will soon be under construction to fix the dangerous road conditions that currently exist, according to an article in The Whidbey News-Times. In June, the Washington State Department of Transportation awarded a contract to Interwest Construction to address the dangerous conditions at the intersection.

The intersection is well-known as a site of car accidents in the area. Between 2005 and 2009, ninety collisions occurred at the intersection, many of them fatal. A sharp curve and non-level ground near the intersection make it difficult for drivers to see cross traffic as they approach the intersection, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The lack of visibility has lead to many Washington intersection accidents because drivers have trouble seeing vehicles on I-20. Read the rest »

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