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The Tacoma Train Accident of December 2017

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 6, 2018

On December 18, 2017, Amtrak passengers faced disaster in Tacoma.

Amtrak Cascades train 501 was on its inaugural run between Seattle and Portland when, at around 7:45 a.m., the train derailed and left several of the cars dangling from an overpass over I-5. The train held 78 passengers and five crew members. Around one hundred passengers and people in vehicles below were injured as a result of the crash. At least three people onboard died. Read the rest »

Posted in: Speeding Accident

Want One of the Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Seattle?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 29, 2018

Local expert-ranking website Expertise.com, based right here in Seattle, Washington, recently examined 145 law firms serving the Seattle metropolitan area. They selected the top 20 for their 2018 list of Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Seattle. Guess who was included?

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.! Read the rest »

Posted in: Law Firm News

Avoid Tailgating – Give Others (and Yourself) Space

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 23, 2018

Driving responsibly in Washington involves a number of habits that keep you and others around you as safe as possible. Today, we’re going to talk about tailgating.

And why you shouldn’t do it. Read the rest »

Posted in: Rear-End Accidents

Defective Vehicle Parts: Accidents Waiting to Happen

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 16, 2018

A car crash can be caused by many things: reckless driving, poor weather conditions, or defective parts on a vehicle.

The scary part is, you can’t control the third one. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Winter Means More Slip-and-Fall Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 8, 2018

Most slip-and-fall accidents are caused by objects on the ground that trip someone, poor lighting in an area like a stairwell, or walkways in poor repair. During the winter, weather plays a large part in creating unsafe conditions. Falling rain, sleet, and snow often result in wet and slippery sidewalks. These conditions can make reasonably safe areas quite treacherous, and when combined with poor lighting or cracked sidewalks, present an even greater danger for pedestrians. Read the rest »

Public Transit Disasters and Who’s Legally Responsible

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

Seattle’s love of public and alternative forms of transportation has been well documented, and that love affair has a testament in the Seattle Center Monorail. Seattle’s Monorail is both a city landmark and the oldest full-scale commercial monorail system in the nation. While it is an integral part of the city’s transportation infrastructure, it is also a destination for tourists from all over the world. Read the rest »

So…Can You Sue Starbucks Over a Hot Beverage Burn?

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

Product Liability and What It Means for You

How responsible are companies for the products that they serve? That’s a question restaurants and consumers have been struggling with for decades. In particular, purveyors of hot coffee have found themselves the targets of lawsuits after their customers suffer severe burns.

But that’s not the only thing you can (or should) sue for. Read the rest »

Posted in: Burn Injury

Can Cruise Ships Be Held Responsible for Passenger Injuries?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 17, 2017


Seattle is a popular launching point for many of the world’s biggest cruise lines. It’s the home base for Holland America, and sees arrivals and departures from Carnival, Norwegian, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean International. With so many cruise ships in Seattle ports and Puget Sound, you’d think the issue of cruise ship safety comes up a lot.

But it usually doesn’t—until someone gets hurt. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

What If I’m in an Accident with a WSDOT Vehicle?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 10, 2017

In general, the best advice when it comes to dealing with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) vehicles is this: avoid them. If you are involved in an accident with an official WSDOT vehicle, handle it much like any other type of crash.

Keep in mind, however, that you may face criminal charges if you are responsible – and filing a lawsuit can be much more complicated. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bus Accidents

Safety at the Ballgame

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 5, 2017

Earlier this year, an overeager fan nearly plummeted to his death at Fenway Park while trying to reach for a foul ball. Thankfully, he did not ultimately fall over the railing, but the incident does make one question the safety of these types of events. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability

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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