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Driving Safety Tips for a Washington Winter

By Pendergast Law on February 10, 2020

Seattle and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful parts of the Pacific Northwest, but winter weather can make driving dangerous, difficult, or deadly. Rain, snow and icy roads make getting to work, school, or other location far more dangerous. Not every driver in the Seattle area drives safely, no matter what the weather – and a driver who speeds in rain, snow, or on icy roads can be the cause of serious injuries or the needless loss of life.

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Is the Alaskan Way Viaduct Creating More Problems?

By Pendergast Law on February 12, 2019

The Alaskan Way Viaduct was an elevated freeway system in Seattle that carried drivers on a 2.2-mile section of State Route 99. This double-decked freeway ran north and south along the waterfront from its opening on April 4, 1953, until it was closed permanently on January 11, 2019. This section of roadway saw an estimated 91,000 vehicles per day in 2016, and will be replaced in February of 2019 when the replacement tunnel project is completed. Read the rest »

What’s the Deal with Roundabouts in Washington?

By Pendergast Law on January 3, 2019

More and more states across the U.S. have been adding roundabouts to ease the flow of traffic. Washington State has been building roundabouts since 1997 and has an estimated 120, with plans to build more in Pacific, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, and Whatcom counties, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Read the rest »

Happy Holidays, Seattle – Now Watch Out for Slick Roads

By Pendergast Law on December 14, 2018

Video clips of confused Seattle drivers sliding down icy hills are a popular source of entertainment online. It’s all fun and games until someone gets really hurt. Read the rest »

Woman Injured as Car Crashes Into Port Washington

By Pendergast Law on February 13, 2016

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries when the car she was driving tipped over into the Port Washington Narrows waters. The car accident occurred near the 3500 block of Tracyton Beach Road NW north of NW Carter Farms Court in Tracyton. Officials say the road was slippery in that area, but they aren’t sure what caused the vehicle to enter the water and turn over. The driver was trapped inside the vehicle, which was completely submerged. Firefighters detected a heartbeat and resuscitated the driver. Read the rest »

Seattle Drivers Struggle with Icy Conditions

By Pendergast Law on February 19, 2014

Washington Dangerous RoadwaysThe night of February 8 was particularly treacherous for Seattle drivers because of icy conditions on the roadways. According to a KIRO TV news report, several cars spun out of control on Madison Street west of 6th Avenue in Seattle. Officials saw that many of the drivers were unable to maintain control of their vehicles on the icy and snowy roadways. A number of nearby pedestrians and police officers were needed to help push the cars that were stuck in the snow. It is not clear if anyone was hurt in the icy conditions, but a number of the vehicles struck each other and crashed into the curb.

Officials are attempting to respond to the snowfall by mobilizing snowplows to dangerous areas where they are needed most. In the meantime, drivers are encouraged to avoid driving unless they absolutely must venture out in these conditions. If you have to drive in icy and snowy conditions, here are a few tips to help you stay safe: Read the rest »

149 Car Crashes Reported in Spokane after Snowfall

By Pendergast Law on January 15, 2013

Over a snowy two-day period, 149 vehicles crashed in Spokane County. According to a NWPR news report, there were 116 wrecks on January 7 in Spokane County when half a foot of snow fell, and another 33 accidents by mid afternoon on January 8. Officials say that many of these dangerous roadway crashes involved drivers who were traveling too fast for the roadway conditions. The posted speed limits are for optimal roadway conditions and not for roads that are covered in snow, water, or ice. In the article, a Spokane police officer recommended driving no faster than 30 mph on roads where the limit is 50 mph.

Winter driving can be treacherous. When it is snowing, it may be advisable to just stay home. If you do have to drive, there are a number of important safety tips to consider. First and foremost, it is important to make sure that your vehicle has been properly maintained. Having inflated tires that have proper tire tread depth is key to getting good traction. Having quality brakes will also prove vital when dealing with wet and icy conditions. Read the rest »

Prepare for Safe Winter Driving in Washington by Planning Ahead

By Pendergast Law on December 19, 2012

Washington Winter Driving Safety Washington winters mean snow, ice, and rain – and sometimes all three. With the possibility of inclement weather always in the air, it’s important to plan ahead so you minimize your risk of serious injury in a car accident.

Here are a few ways your plans can help protect you, your passengers, and others on the road:

  • Check the weather reports. Pay attention to weather forecasts and plan errands or extended trips on days the weather is predicted to be clear. Before you hit the road, check the weather not only in your area, but also in the places you plan to go, so you’ll know if you’re heading into a storm. Read the rest »

Check Your Car before Tackling Winter Weather Driving

By Pendergast Law on December 6, 2012

Washington Winter Weather Driving Dangers All Washington drivers should prepare their vehicles before winter weather hits in order to reduce the risk of an accident. There are many vehicle checks you should keep in mind as colder weather moves in. Even without snow or ice, a drop in temperatures can change road and vehicle conditions, which may increase your risk of an accident.

Here are a few things to examine while you’re preparing your vehicle for winter weather:

  • Tires. Do your tires have sufficient tread on them? Do they need to be rotated? In some conditions, you may want to consider switching to tires specially designed for winter weather. Also, don’t forget to check your tire pressure. For every 10-degree drop in air temperature, your tire pressure can drop by one psi or more. Read the rest »

Four Tips for Safer Washington Winter Driving

By Pendergast Law on November 20, 2012

Washington Winter Related CrashWinter in Washington brings rain, sleet, snow, and ice – all factors that can make driving more dangerous. Whether you’re heading out for holiday shopping, going to a party, or just making your everyday commute, you can take steps to make winter driving safer for you and your passengers. Here are four tips for safer winter driving in Washington, courtesy of the Washington State Patrol:

  • Check your car. Make sure tires are properly inflated and have enough tread in roder to handle dangerous winter roads. Check antifreeze and washer fluid levels frequently. Examine hoses and belts for wear and replace them if needed.
  • Pack an emergency kit. First aid supplies, a shovel, a flashlight, a snow scraper, and extra warm clothing and blankets can all be helpful or even life-saving in case of an accident. Consider packing these items into an emergency kit kept in your vehicle for winter driving. Read the rest »

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