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Off-Duty Deputy Injured in King County Motorcycle Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 3, 2013

A 47-year-old off-duty King County Sheriff’s deputy has been critically injured in a Washington motorcycle accident. According to The News Tribune, the motorcycle crash occurred in the 7500 block of 176th Street East near Frederickson. Officials are searching for witnesses to the crash, which they suspect involved a white van making a U-turn in front of the motorcycle. No other vehicles were found at the scene of the crash, but skid marks indicated that the deputy had to stop abruptly. The victim has been listed in critical condition.

Washington law clearly defines what constitutes an illegal U-turn. Under RCW 46.61.295: “The driver of any vehicle shall not turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic.” Furthermore, U-turns are not allowed on curves or hills where visibility is limited. Read the rest »

Bicyclist and Motorcyclist Injured in Seattle Collision

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 5, 2013

A bicyclist in her 30s and a motorcyclist in his 20s have been hospitalized after being involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Seattle. According to a report by The Seattle Times, the car accident occurred at Alaskan Way and Broad Street near the Seattle waterfront. Officials say the collision involved a taxicab, a parked car, a bicyclist, and a motorcyclist. Both the injured bicyclist and motorcyclist were taken to a nearby medical center. It is unclear what caused the crash or if anyone involved will be cited for the collision.

Determining liability for a crash is an important part of any claim. In most cases, the plaintiff must show that the negligence of the other driver contributed to the crash. This process becomes more complicated when there are multiple vehicles and victims. While there are more potential witnesses to these types of crashes, there are also more insurance companies to deal with and a higher probability of contradictory witness reports. It is common in multi-vehicle crashes for companies to pass the blame or to offer inadequate compensation. It is important that victims of multi-vehicle collisions do not accept a settlement until an experienced personal injury lawyer reviews the offer. Read the rest »

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