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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 Lawyer Notes Connections Between Spinal Cord Injury, Defective Equipment and Motor Vehicle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 12, 2011

Motor vehicle accidents cause all kinds of injuries, possibly the most debilitating and tragic is a spinal cord injury. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 42% of all spinal cord injury cases were the result of auto or truck accidents. Tragically, the majority of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) victims are young men between the ages of 16 and 30.

A Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) occurs when a sudden and traumatic blow to a person’s spine fractures, crushes or dislocates a part of his or her vertebrae. The effects of SCI depend on the type of injury and the level of the injury. SCI can be divided into two types of injury – complete and incomplete. A complete injury means that there is no function below the level of the injury, no sensation and no voluntary movement. 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 Attorney Warns About Driving and the Medicines You Take

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 13, 2011

Did you know that medications – from prescription drugs to herbal supplements to over-the-counter cold medicines – are fast becoming the “new DUI.” It’s true. That’s why it is crucial that you understand how the medicines you take could potential impair your ability to drive.

The reality is that you can be charged with driving under the influence, lose your license, or, even worse, seriously injure yourself or others for this new medicine-cause DUI. Some of the most common, but least known, medications that are known to impair driving include: Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Warns Parents about Teens and Drunk Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 30, 2010

Thousands of teenagers are killed in drunk-driving accidents every year. The hard truth is that motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of teenagers, and 28 percent of 15–20-year-old drivers killed in auto crashes in 2005 had been drinking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Drinking-and-driving accidents may peak during the holidays and school breaks, when teens have a lot of free time while parents are at work or busy with holiday preparations. The question is: How can you, as a parent, prevent what could lead to a personal and family tragedy?      Read the rest »

Seattle Accident Attorney Talks About Staying Safe During the Holidays

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays! I hope that you and your family are eagerly anticipating a joyful season with plenty of time together. I also urge you to keep safe during this busy time and thought I’d pass along some important holiday safety tips.

Decorate Safely

  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Talks About How Litigation Can Lead to Safety Innovation

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 29, 2010

With the recent automobile recalls by car manufacturers from Toyota to Chrysler to BMW, the safety of the vehicles we depend on is once again called into question.

One of the most interesting realities is that consumer reaction and accident victims litigation following accidents resulting from these safety issues have actually led to key safety innovations. Litigation has played an important role in holding manufacturers accountable and protecting the American public in the future. It may surprise you to learn how many critical safety improvements resulted from litigation: Read the rest »

Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer Offers Safety Tips for Teen Drivers to Avoid Car Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 11, 2010

Hardwick and Pendergast, a Washington car accident law firm, points out that motor vehicle crashes is one of the leading causes of death among teens age 16-19 in the State, already causing the deaths of 27 teens this year. A total of 84 teens died in 2008 and 2009 from traffic crashes. During 2009, 16-19 year-olds accounted for 4.2% of all licensed drivers, but 9.1% of all drivers in fatal crashes in Washington.

Here are some of the many ways parents can help their teens become safer drivers:  Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Applauds Seat Belt Use Milestone

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 29, 2010

Results from the latest survey of seat belt use in Washington were released recently and they show that the use rate has jumped to 97.6 percent. This is the biggest improvement in years and is expected to be one of the highest in the nation.

The State Patrol cites about 47,000 people annually for failing to buckle up. The “Click it or Ticket Project” which is the primary enforcement seat belt law has resulted in a 21% drop in vehicle occupant deaths, from an average of 518 from 1995 to 2002, to an average of 410 from 2003 to 2009. During those same time periods serious injuries from traffic crashes dropped 25%. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Talks About How to Work with Insurance Companies

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 9, 2010

Dealing with insurance companies after an accident can be complicated and confusing.

One of the most critical, yet often overlooked, issues is how to deal with insurance companies after you have been injured in an accident – your company and the defendant’s company. Understand that insurance companies are for-profit corporations. They make money by taking in premiums for their policies and then paying out as little as possible in claims under those policies. 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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