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Drive Carefully in Winter Weather to Avoid a Seattle Car Crash

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

Planning ahead to avoid driving in Seattle’s winter storms is the best way to avoid a weather-related car accident, but planning your trips around the weather’s whims isn’t always an option. If you must hit the road in winter weather, here are some safe-driving tips you can use to protect yourself and your passengers from a car accident – and the need to call a dedicated Seattle dangerous road car accident attorney.

Here are a few ways to drive more safely in snow, ice, and other winter weather:

  • Slow down. Driving more slowly can help prevent your vehicle from slipping on sudden icy or wet patches, allowing you to maintain control and avoid an accident. Let the road conditions, not the speed limit, tell you how fast to drive. Read the rest »

When Are Car Accidents Most Likely to Occur?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 25, 2012

As any Washington resident who has been in a car accident knows, car accidents can occur at any time on any day. Statistically, however, certain days and months are more likely to see car accidents than others, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

A recent NHTSA study of deadly car accidents found that the rate of accidents follows a trend that keeps pace with the seasons. Summer sees more car accidents than winter, due to the larger number of vehicles on the road as families head out to enjoy the nice weather or to go on vacation. Read the rest »

Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Driving Deaths

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 27, 2012

Teen Car Accidents SeattleTeenagers suffer serious injuries and deaths in car accidents at a rate four times higher than the general population, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these accidents are due to inexperience, which prevents teens from making the right call in an emergency situation – even if their driving is not what originally causes the emergency.

The first step in helping protect your teen on the road is to extend your teen’s supervised driving time. Most driver education programs require teens to practice driving with a parent or other licensed adult in the car, but you can help your teen get crucial experience by logging more hours than the minimum required for a license as your teen’s supervising parent in the car. Adding night driving hours also helps teens gain important experience. Read the rest »

Researchers, Policy Groups Divided on How to Address Distracted Driving Risks

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 26, 2011

Distracted Driving AccidentsMany research studies recently have focused on distracted driving and how it contributes to car accident risks. Most studies agree that distracted driving increases the risk of a crash, and that the more distracted a driver is, the more likely he or she is to have an accident. A study completed by researchers at the University of Utah, for instance, found that drivers who text while driving show the same kinds of impairment as drivers with a 0.08 blood alcohol concentration – the legal limit for drunk driving.

However, when it comes to deciding what to do to decrease distracted driving, researchers and policymakers are uncertain. This is because there’s very little research on what kinds of policies actually decrease distracted driving risks. At least one study indicates that banning handheld cell phone use actually increases the risk of an accident, as drivers may attempt to conceal their cell phone use while driving, a task that takes additional attention away from the road. Read the rest »

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