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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 »

Multi-Vehicle Accident on Interstate 90 Leaves Several Injured

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

A multi-vehicle pileup accident on Interstate 90 near Bellevue, Washington, left several people injured, one critically, according to a recent article in The Seattle Times.

The crash began when a tractor-trailer driver caught up to slow-moving I-90 traffic near 133rd Avenue Southeast. He hit the truck’s brakes, trying to avoid a crash. Instead, the truck skidded and then jackknifed, colliding with a logging truck. The impact damaged the logging truck’s rear axle, causing both the truck and some of the logs it was carrying to hit other vehicles as the drivers of both the semi and the logging truck struggled to get their vehicles under control. Read the rest »

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