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Teen and Young Drivers

New High School Drivers Hit the Road in September

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 14, 2018

If we could turn back time, many of us would choose to go back to the day we passed our driver’s exam. There aren’t many other occasions when you feel such a sense of exhilaration, excitement, and newfound independence.

However, newly minted drivers can be problematic on the road. Read the rest »

Are You Safe During the 100 Deadly Days?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 13, 2018

For teenagers, few things are more exciting than getting their hands on their very own driver’s license. The freedom of the open road, no more begging mom and dad for rides, the ability to impress their friends, and the independence of being able to get away from the parental units for a while…we all remember these wonderful things.

But statistics tell a darker story. They point to the fact that teenagers are an at-risk group for car crashes, especially during the summer. Memorial Day is the start of what’s known as “The 100 Deadliest Days” of driving for teenagers. Read the rest »

Technological Enhancements May Help Encourage Safe Teen Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 20, 2016

One of the saddest realities that we face at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. is that many of our cases involve teen drivers who are injured or killed behind the wheel. While you can’t always be with your child when they are out on the road in Seattle, we found that some companies have developed handy technology designed to encourage safe driving for teen drivers.

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Teenagers Injured in Seattle Car Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 4, 2015

Seattle Car AccidentAt least six teenagers were injured in a Seattle car accident in which one vehicle plummeted down a 70-foot embankment. As reported by King 5, the car crash occurred on I-5 in Seattle. Officials say one of the vehicles was traveling at a high rate of speed when it went through a guardrail and plummeted down the embankment. One of the passengers had to climb back up the hill to ask for help.

The police are looking into whether the two drivers were behaving erratically or even racing. They believe that the vehicles were moving at a high rate of speed but they have not announced if the drivers were involved in a street race. Of the eight teenagers inside the two vehicles, six suffered injuries. Two of the passengers have been listed in critical condition. Read the rest »

Olympia Teens Injured in Car Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 15, 2013

Seven teenagers were injured when the car in which they were traveling slid off the road and struck a pillar on the Interstate 5 in Pierce County. King5.com reports that a 16-year-old Olympia girl was driving a Volkswagen Jetta south on the freeway just near Center Drive when she hit the brakes and slid into the grass section. The car then hit a pillar broadside, causing the engine to separate from the vehicle and land in the road. Six of the teens were transported to area hospitals. Officials said the crash was caused by driver inattention and that the teen driver could face a negligent driving charge.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, about 2,070 teens in the United States aged 16 to 19 were killed and almost 282,000 were treated and released from emergency departments for injuries suffered in auto accidents. Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 represent only 14 percent of the nation’s population. However, they account for 30 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females. Read the rest »

Washington Teenager Injured in Possible Drowsy Driver Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 8, 2013

The Bellevue car accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., are concerned about an increasing number of collisions caused on our roadways by sleepy drivers. Recently, an 18-year-old Orting man was seriously injured in a Washington car accident after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel. According to a report by The News Tribune, the car crash occurred along state Route 162 near Orville Road. Officials say his vehicle left the eastbound lane and crashed. He has been listed in critical condition with a partially collapsed lung and multiple broken bones.

Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. When you are fatigued, your reactions are delayed and can be more challenging to stay focused. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of drivers polled in 2005 admitted to feeling drowsy while driving in the past year. Over one-third of drivers interviewed actually fell asleep while driving. Estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries result from drowsy driving each year. Read the rest »

Keep Your Teen Safe on Washington Streets: Tips for Parents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 24, 2012

Learning to drive is a major rite of passage into adulthood for many Washington teens, but it also increases their risk of suffering injury in a car accident. Because teens lack experience behind the wheel, they are more likely to make the wrong choice in a split-second emergency decision, increasing their accident risk.

Parents can help their teens get driving experience in a safe way and reduce the risk of car accidents by implementing a few simple tips.

  • Increase experience. Because experience is key to safe driving, you may wish to extend your teen’s supervised driving time beyond the hours required by Washington’s graduated driver program. Added hours of nighttime driving and driving in bad weather can also help your teen practice important safe-driving skills. Read the rest »

Governors’ Highway Safety Association Considers Graduated Licensing for Driver Safety

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 6, 2012

Seattle Teen Driver Car CrashLearning to drive and receiving that first driver’s license are key rites of passage in the lives of U.S. teens. But the inexperience of teen drivers increases many of the risks they face on the road, any of which can lead to a serious accident.

In order to help protect teen drivers and get them the skills they need to stay safe, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently commented on plans by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to encourage graduated driver’s licensing programs in all 50 states. Read the rest »

Safe Driving Agreement Helps Parents, Teens Communicate on Driving Safety

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 18, 2012

Washington Teen Safe Driving TipsTeens are often eager to earn their driver’s licenses and get behind the wheel. However, the inexperience of teen drivers puts them at a particular risk for accidents. Teens often don’t know what to do in an accident or emergency situation, and they often lack the experience to understand the risks behind some activities, like texting while behind the wheel.

Parents can help teenagers gain needed experience and improve safety by driving with them regularly, especially while they are driving on a learner’s permit or a graduated license. Another useful tool in helping keep kids safe on the road is a parent-teen driving agreement. Read the rest »

Sharing the Road with Large Trucks: Safety Tips for Teens

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 8, 2012

Teen Driver Safety SeattleWhen a semi truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the results are almost always worse for those in the car. Teens stand a particular risk of a semi accident because they often lack the experience to recognize or predict a truck’s movements, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association (CVSA). Here are some tips to help teens and older drivers protect themselves when sharing the road with trucks this summer.

  • Bigger vehicles move differently. Whether it’s a semi truck, box truck, passenger bus, or other vehicle, larger vehicles need more room to stop, turn, and accelerate.
  • Trucks need twice the room to stop. A passenger vehicle going 55 miles per hour needs about 225 feet to stop under ideal conditions, once its driver sees a hazard. A fully-loaded semi truck needs over 430 feet to make the same stop. Read the rest »

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