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Understanding the Risks of Sleepy Driving in Washington

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 13, 2012

Washington Drowsy Driver Safety TipsDriving while drowsy isn’t a well-recognized driving risk, according to the National Sleep Foundation. That’s why November includes National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which is aimed at warning drivers about the risk of sleepy driving and helping them reduce the risk that their own drowsiness will cause a serious crash.

A recent survey by the AAA Foundation highlighted the risks of drowsy driving. Ninety-six percent of those who responded to the survey said it was “unacceptable” for someone to drive when they were so sleepy they had trouble keeping his or her eyes open. Yet almost 10 percent of those who responded admitted to driving in this state at least once a week, and 33 percent admitted to driving while sleepy in the past month. Read the rest »

How Do Washington’s Auto Insurance Requirements Affect You after a Crash?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 17, 2012

Seattle Car Collision InjuryLike many states, Washington requires drivers to carry certain minimum types and amounts of auto insurance. This insurance is intended to cover basic costs like injuries and property damage if you are involved in a Washington auto accident.

Currently, Washington’s required minimums for auto insurance include:

  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury,
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury, and
  • $10,000 per accident for property damage. Read the rest »

Head-On Accident near Brewster, Washington Claims Three Lives

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 28, 2012

A head-on car accident on Highway 97 near Brewster, Washington recently caused three deaths and left two people injured, according to an article at HeraldNet.

The accident occurred as one driver, an Okanogan woman, was traveling north on Highway 97 when her vehicle crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a vehicle traveling south. Two Bridgeport residents, the driver and the front seat passenger in the southbound vehicle, lost their lives in the accident, as did the driver from Okanogan. Two passengers in the southbound vehicle were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Read the rest »

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