Safe Driving

Seattle Attempts to Make High Crash Zones Safer

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

Intersection AccidentsPolice in Seattle keep records of where injury accidents happen to determine if a particular road or intersection is dangerous. According to a KIRO TV news report, one of the most dangerous left turns in Seattle is on Aurora Avenue North, south of North 125th Street.  Read the rest »

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As Winter Approaches Practice Safer Nighttime Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 15, 2015

Night Time DrivingSeptember 21 is the autumn equinox – the day where the hours of daylight equal the hours of darkness.  After this date, we’ll see more darkness than daylight every day until mid-March. Read the rest »

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Study: Seat Belt Use Reduces Injury Risks, Decreases Car Accident Costs

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

Washington Occupant Safety TipsMost Washington drivers and their experienced car accident attorneys know that seat belt use is backed with years of research indicating that this simple device can significantly reduce the risk of injury or death in a wide range of car accidents, including rollover crashes.

However, many people don’t consider that a reduction in deaths and serious injuries with seat belt use also means a reduction in the financial costs of car accidents, which are steep. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate, for example, that car accidents cost victims and society $70 billion nationwide. Read the rest »

Top Five Life-Saving Facts about Seat Belts

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

Washington Car Restraint UseSeat belts remain one of the simplest ways to protect yourself in case of a car accident. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that seat belts save over 13,000 lives each year. Here are the NHTSA’s top five things every motorist should know about seat belt safety:

  • Seat belts are still the number-one way to protect yourself in a crash. Being thrown from a vehicle during a crash is almost always deadly, according to the NHTSA. Being knocked around inside the vehicle during an accident can also cause serious injuries or death. A seat belt limits the damage these dangers can cause. Read the rest »

Do Crash Avoidance Systems Help Reduce Car Accidents?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 2, 2011

Car Crash Avoidence TechnologyThe name “crash avoidance system” applies to a wide range of different kinds of technology installed in vehicles to help drivers operate their vehicles safely and avoid accidents. These features may alert the driver when the car is too close to another vehicle on the front or side, when the vehicle is drifting out of its lane, or when a car or another object is in the driver’s blind spot. Many drivers are already familiar with rear-facing cameras in cars that show the driver what is behind the vehicle.

Although many types of crash avoidance systems are available, do they really help reduce the number of accidents that cause serious injury or death on U.S. roads? For many of these systems, there’s not enough information yet to be sure, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Electronic stability control (ESC) systems have been shown to reduce the risk of fatal single-vehicle crashes by up to 49 percent by helping the vehicle stay on the road if it enters a curve or swerves too quickly or too sharply, according to one study. Similarly, sensors in Volvo vehicles that alert the driver when the car might rear-end something ahead of it reduced both injuries and crashes that caused vehicle damage, according to research by the Highway Loss Data Institute. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Reinforces the Dangers of Texting While Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 27, 2011

In February of 2010, 19 year old Heather was killed instantly one month after her birthday, as her car left the roadway south of Tumwater, struck a guardrail and tumbled into a ditch. She was texting a friend in the minutes before the crash. Again in February of this year, a two-year old female passenger was injured during a collision in Thurston County when the 29-year old driver left the roadway, drove into the shoulder and struck a parked pick up head on. This driver was also texting.

These unfortunate drivers were not alone, even with the texting and driving laws, thousands of people are injured or killed every year while texting or being otherwise distracted. That’s why it’s good to remind ourselves and our teenage drivers that when you’re in the car – keep your hands off the phone. Remember, if you’re driving on the freeway, you can travel more than the length of a football field in the time it takes to simply read a short text message or dial a number. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Attorney Urges You to Drive Defensively

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

When it comes to preventing auto accidents, remember the Boy Scout motto – BE PREPARED.  Or in this case – DRIVE DEFENSIVELY.

Here are some simple defensive driving techniques that will allow you to anticipate potential hazards and be ready to handle them: Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Urges Bicyclists to Ride Defensively

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 23, 2010

Every year an average of more than 700 bicyclists are killed and over 500,000 injured in the United States.

There are millions of cyclists on the roads – the same roads occupied by millions of motor vehicles that are larger, heavier and faster than bikes. So, while bicycling is one of the most popular ways to get around, whether for recreation, sport or transportation, defensive driving applies to people who pedal with their feet to travel, as well as to those who push the gas pedal. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Warns against Texting and Cell Phone Use While Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 3, 2010

Nearly 670 Cell Phone Violations in Washington State in 20 Days – Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer Points out Why Using a Mobile Device While Driving Could be Disastrous 

Washington State’s new cell phone law is already making an impact. Troopers of the Washington State Patrol issued nearly 670 citations for cell phone or texting violations between June 10 – the date the new cell phone and texting law went into effect – and July 1. As of June 10, Washington’s previous law on cell phones and texting moved from secondary to primary. That means officers no longer need some other reason to stop you if they see you texting or holding a cell phone to your ear. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Urges Proper Seat Belt Use

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 3, 2010

Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer Urges Proper Seat Belt Use  After a High Speed Collision Leaves a Washington State Woman without Seatbelt in Critical Condition

A 19-year old woman is in critical condition after being ejected from her vehicle during a collision on Evergreen Parkway in Olympia, Washington State. The woman failed to negotiate a left hand curve on the roadway, causing the vehicle to roll over and eject her from the car. Four occupants in her car suffered minor injuries. Read the rest »

Our Case Results

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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