Pedestrian Accident

Trick-or-Treat: Stay Safe on the Street

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 30, 2017

Despite decades of urban legends about monstrous strangers hiding razors in candy, the real danger for trick-or-treaters comes from cars on the road. Amidst the fun and revelry of Halloween, it is important to remember that there are drivers on the streets among trick-or-treaters…and not all of them are driving safely. Read the rest »

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Pedestrian Safety in Seattle – 8th Best in the Country?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 30, 2017

Smart Growth America has looked at 104 of the most dangerous populated cities in the entire country; out of these, Seattle was ranked eighth-safest for pedestrians – that is, the 97th most dangerous out of the 104 metropolitan areas.

Seattle announced its intention in 2015 to have absolutely no pedestrian deaths or injuries from accidents with vehicles, including bicycles. When compared with other cities with the same goal, such as Nashville, Seattle is doing “okay” in safety. Nashville had 50 pedestrian and cyclist deaths in 2016; Seattle had eight in that same year. Better than the 26 deaths that Washington, D.C., saw and the 13 deaths that made headlines in Portland. Read the rest »

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Who’s Liable If You’re Injured by a Skateboarder?

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

Skateboarding seems fun. But what happens if that fun ride turns into a dangerous situation? If you’ve been injured by a skateboarder, is he or she to blame? And does the skateboarder have to pay for your injuries and costs? Read the rest »

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Look Down: the Dangers of Walking and Texting

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 27, 2017

Woman hand texting on a smart phone in the streetYou’ve probably seen the type of video that shows a person walking while looking down at his phone. The video usually ends with him walking into a pole, falling into a hole, or facing some other kind of danger. But while these videos may provide a good laugh, and no one is usually seriously injured as a result, they do demonstrate the very real danger of looking down at your phone when you’re out walking.

Arguably, most if not all pedestrians today have smartphones on them. And in many instances, they’re using them to text while continuing on their way. But this phenomenon has had some terrible results. Read the rest »

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Bicyclist v. Pedestrian: Who Wins the Game of Life or Death?

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

Pedestrian-safetyThe drivers of motor vehicles are always being told to watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists, and pedestrians and cyclists are always being told to keep an eye out for cars and trucks. So, why isn’t anyone telling bicyclists to look out for pedestrians, and vice versa? While a bicycle weighs nowhere near as much as a car, the weight of its rider combined with its velocity can deliver enough force to seriously injure or kill an unsuspecting pedestrian. Kill a pedestrian? Yes, that’s happened more than once in New York’s Central Park, as well as in downtown Washington, D.C., and overseas in such places as Australia and the United Kingdom. Read the rest »

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Pedestrians, Stay Safe in Seattle this Black Friday!

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 24, 2016

pedestriansYou might think that as a pedestrian you have nothing to worry about when going Black Friday shopping. After all, what’s going to happen when you’re on your own two feet? In fact, pedestrian accidents can happen more often, and have worse consequences, than car accidents on Black Friday. Drivers also become pedestrians at some point when they need to walk into a store. On Black Friday, even that can be dangerous.

We’ve all heard the horror stories of people that were trampled by other people when trying to enter certain stores on Black Friday, or of how people become injured when actually getting into fights over Black Friday sales. But when these things occur, or when you’re hurt as a pedestrian during Black Friday shopping, who can be held liable?

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The Reality of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 27, 2016

pedestrianSeattle and other Washington-area communities have a reputation for being pedestrian and bike-friendly, with many popular outdoor shopping areas, markets, and parks. Unfortunately, accidents do occur, and when they do, pedestrians are especially vulnerable to injury or even death.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission, which leads statewide efforts to save lives and prevent injuries on roadways, has stated that while pedestrian deaths and serious injuries have been on the decline, the rate of decrease has been slower for pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries than overall fatalities and serious injuries. They also claim that pedestrian deaths account for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, which is up from 11 percent from 2006 to 2008.

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Who’s Liable in a Seattle Crosswalk Accident?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 6, 2016

Pedestrian AccidentThis April news story on a tragic crosswalk accident in North Seattle involving a teen being struck by an elderly driver once again highlighted an overlooked problem of traffic safety. Whereas Seattleites might assume a reasonable expectation of safety when walking on sidewalks and crosswalks throughout the city, the actual numbers indicate the reality is far more disturbing.

As stated in an article by the Seattle Times, pedestrian deaths increased by an estimated 10% nationwide in 2015, while they leapt by 28% in Washington State. There were 32 pedestrian deaths in Washington in the first six months of 2014, while the state saw 41 such deaths during the same period last year. Read the rest »

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Seattle Winter Weather Pedestrian Safety Tips

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 4, 2016

Many doctors recommend walking as a low-impact way to improve your health. When a slip and fall or other accident occurs, however, walking can cause serious injury instead of making you healthier. Experienced Seattle winter pedestrian accident attorneys have seen many pedestrians injured in conditions that result from winter weather. Here are several ways to keep yourself safer while still enjoying fresh air on your travels:

Use the sidewalk whenever possible.

Stick to the sidewalks, even if it means walking through snow. If you have no choice but to walk in the street, walk facing into traffic and as close to the curb as possible. Cars and trucks may slip on snow or ice and hit you even if the drivers are watching, so work out a route that doesn’t require you to walk in the street. Read the rest »

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Pedestrians Struck Near SeaTac

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 10, 2016

One man was killed and another pedestrian was injured in a Washington car accident, which officials believe involved a drunk driver. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred in the 15000 block of Military Road South in Tukwila. Officials say the pedestrians were in a dark, but well-populated area where pedestrians regularly cross back and forth outside the crosswalks. One of the victims was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition and later died. The female driver failed a field sobriety test. She was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide. Read the rest »

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