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Passenger Injured in Washington Car Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 23, 2013

A passenger in a vehicle whose driver was fleeing the scene of a crash was critically injured after the vehicle crashed into a tree. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the two accidents occurred near Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street. Officials say the male driver of a 1993 Chevy Blazer first sideswiped a Nissan and then lost control while fleeing the scene of the crash. The hit-and-run driver and his passenger had to be cut from the Blazer. The passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and has been listed in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan was not injured.

Leaving the scene of an injury accident is a crime in Washington. Under Washington Statute 46.52.020: “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident.” Read the rest »

Man Dies from Injuries Suffered in Shoreline Hit-and-Run Collision

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 7, 2013

Weeks after being injured in a hit-and-run accident, a 60-year-old Seattle man has died from his injuries. The Seattle Times reports that the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle the night of February 19. Officials say he was crossing the street when a white, full-size Ford or Chevrolet struck him and drove away. He died from his injuries on February 28. The authorities are still looking for a white van that has damage to its right, front corner and a broken right headlight.

Moments after being involved in a Washington car accident, there may be a number of questions running through your head. Was it your fault? Should you call the police? How much is this going to cost me? We all know that the right thing to do is to pull over, call the police, and offer assistance to anyone who may have been injured. The fear of being arrested or of civil litigation is sometimes enough to make an at-fault driver flee the scene of the crash. However, leaving the scene of an injury crash is illegal under Washington law. Read the rest »

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