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Crashes Caused by Running a Red Light

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 11, 2013

Seattle Personal InjuryMany of the most devastating Washington car accidents occur at street intersections. Drivers who run red lights are often responsible for fatal or serious injury accidents that could have easily been prevented. According to the 2011 Washington State Collision Data Summary, there were six fatal collisions, 50 serious injury collisions, and 1,375 minor injury collisions resulting from drivers disregarding stop and go lights.

Under Washington State Statute 46.61.050, “The driver of any vehicle, every bicyclist, and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer.” Read the rest »

Tips for Protecting Yourself after a Washington Car Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 4, 2012

Car accidents affect all too many Washington drivers, and it may feel inevitable that one day, you too will crash. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the risk of an accident, and there are ways to protect yourself after a crash occurs as well.

Take these steps to prepare and protect yourself in case of a car crash include:

  • Keep an “accident kit” in your vehicle at all times. Key items to put in your kit include a cell phone, a disposable camera to take photos at the scene, and a pen and paper to take notes, make diagrams, and write down the insurance information of others involved in the crash. Keeping flares, reflectors, or other high-visibility items with you can also help keep you and others safe if a crash occurs in the dark. Read the rest »

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