Motor Vehicle Accidents

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Seattle personal injury attorney Joseph Pendergast earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1989 and received his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1993. He's currently a partner at Hardwick & Pendergast.

A motor vehicle accident completely disrupts your life and potentially forces it in a new direction. After a crash, you may be experiencing ongoing pain and suffering while going through multiple surgeries or other medical treatments and rehabilitative care to recover from your injuries; or, you may be the family of someone who was killed in a vehicle accident. It is challenging, to say the least, to try to keep your family together as well as emotionally and financially supported while dealing with the unavoidable responsibilities after a death, such as funeral arrangements, wills, etc. This is a lot to deal with and is too much to ask of anyone to face alone.

It is important to remember that victims of negligence have legal options. Drivers and other parties that act recklessly or negligently may be held responsible for the results of their actions in civil court. You can’t undo what has happened, but you may be able to make the at-fault party responsible for your recovery and quality of life.

When You Can Take Legal Action: Understanding Negligence

If you have been injured in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, you have probably experienced firsthand that other motorists don’t necessarily follow the traffic laws in place for road safety. Unfortunately, negligent and reckless driving is common and often results in accidents that cause injuries and even fatalities. Other parties, such as the government agency responsible for the design or maintenance of a roadway, may also be considered negligent if their action or inaction causes a crash.

Negligence is generally considered a lack of care or concern for the safety of others and it must be proven in order to hold an at-fault party financially responsible for an accident.

Generally, if negligence can be determined the cause of an injury or fatal accident, then the person or entity responsible for that negligence may be held legally accountable. In the event of a motor vehicle accident, common examples of negligence include:

  • Distracted driving;
  • Texting while driving;
  • Hazardous roadway design;
  • Poorly maintained roads;
  • Speeding;
  • Fatigued driving; and
  • Drunk driving.

Just knowing that your accident was caused by negligence, such as those examples mentioned above, is not enough to obtain compensation, however. It must be proven with appropriate evidence.

The Benefits of Legal Representation

An experienced personal injury attorney can tell you whether you have a valid claim and take all the necessary steps to pursue fair compensation if you do. He or she knows where to look for and how to gather all the evidence you need to prove negligence and get justice.

If you have been injured in a Washington state vehicle accident, the motor vehicle accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., can help you understand your legal rights and explain your legal options. To discuss your situation with one of our attorneys, call us at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.