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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 »

Keeping Thanksgiving Travel Safe in Washington

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 20, 2012

Seattle Thanksgiving Car AccidentThanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year on Washington roads, which means it’s also one of the most common times for car accidents. If your holiday plans include driving to Thanksgiving or other events over the long weekend, here are a few tips to help you travel safely.

  • Prepare for winter weather. Not every Washington Thanksgiving is a snowy or rainy one, but bad weather conditions can easily cause a crash. Stock your car with a winter weather safety kit and check the weather reports before you hit the road.
  • Plan your trip ahead of time. Study the map or directions if you’re heading someplace unfamiliar. Another person in the car may be able to help you navigate, so you can focus on the road. Read the rest »

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