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Toyota Announces Recall; 2.5 Million U.S. Vehicles Affected

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 15, 2012

Seattle Toyota Recall InjuryToyota’s recent recall affects more than 2.5 million vehicles in the United States and more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide, according to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press. The recall seeks to fix a problem with the automatic window control switches that can lead to smoke or fire coming from the driver’s side door.

The recall affects several dozen Toyota models worldwide. The affected models sold in the United States include the popular Camry and Corolla, the compact Yaris, and various SUVs and sport vehicles, like the Tundra, Sequoia, and RAV4. It also affects two Scion models, the xB and xD. All the recalled vehicles were manufactured between 2005 and 2010. Owners may take their vehicles to a Toyota dealership for repairs. 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 »

U.S. Population Increases, But Rate of Car Accident Deaths Continues to Decline

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 14, 2012

The population of the United States has grown steadily since 1975. However, the rate of fatal car accidents since 1975 has steadily gone down, indicating increases in vehicle safety and driver awareness, according to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Traffic Accident Fatalities SeattleBy 2010, the rate of fatal car accidents per 100,000 U.S. residents had reached an all-time low since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began collecting data in 1975. Overall, the rate of deadly crashes declined 48 percent, from 20.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 1975 to 10.7 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010. Per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, the rate of death was 1.11 in 2010, down from 3.35 in 1975 and representing another historic low. Read the rest »

Seatbelts Help Protect Drivers from Death, Serious Injury

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 21, 2012

Nearly half of all car accident deaths and over one-third of all serious injuries are suffered by people who were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Seat Belt Accident Study WashingtonThe Commission analyzed traffic crash data in Washington from 2006 to 2010. Studies found that both the overall number of car accident deaths involving un-seat-belted motorists and the percentage of those who lost their lives in accidents where they weren’t wearing seat belts have decreased in recent years, as efforts to encourage seat belt use have increased. In 2006, for example, 198 people who died in fatal auto accidents in Washington were not wearing seat belts at the time. This number represented 44.8 percent of all lives lost in car accidents that year. In 2010, however, the number of people who were not wearing a seat belt during a fatal accident dropped to 102, or 35.4 percent, of the total. Read the rest »

Understanding Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 7, 2012

Motor vehicle accidents are not uncommon on U.S. roads. Nearly everyone knows someone who has suffered a motor vehicle accident and/or has been in one. Nationwide, the numbers paint a sobering picture – but motorists can help prevent serious accidents.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among U.S. residents ages 5 to 34, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2009, over 2.3 million adults were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to car accidents. Read the rest »

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