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Drunk Driving Accident | Seattle Personal Injury & Accident Blog - Part 3

Sober Driving Can Reduce Risk of Serious Summer Accidents in Washington

By Pendergast Law on May 9, 2012

Seattle DUI Accident PreventionCinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby have passed, but the summer ahead is still full of opportunities to enjoy a drink with friends. If you decide to include alcohol in your celebrations, there are many ways you can also ensure you don’t drink and drive. Finding a sober ride home after drinking alcohol not only protects you, but it also decreases the risk of a serious Washington auto accident to others on the road.

Help protect yourself and others from drunk driving-related injuries with these tips: Read the rest »

Washington Driver Study Suggests Ignition Interlock Devices Prevent Deaths

By Pendergast Law on March 29, 2012

Washington DUI PreventionA study of Washington drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that requiring all drivers convicted of DUI to have ignition interlock devices installed on their cars or trucks could decrease the number of injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving auto accidents on U.S. roads each year.

The study examined ignition interlock devices that were installed on vehicles after a driver was convicted of a first DUI offense, regardless of his or her BAC at the time of the arrest. In most states, ignition interlock devices are only required for a second or later conviction for DUI, or for cases in which the driver’s BAC was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent at the time of arrest. The study followed the drivers with and without ignition interlock devices to see whether they suffered a later drunk driving accident and/or were arrested again on suspicion of drunk driving. Read the rest »

Don’t Let Your St. Patrick’s Day End in a Drunk-Driving Crash

By Pendergast Law on March 16, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is a popular day to celebrate with family and friends for large numbers of U.S. residents, including those in Washington State. Unfortunately, many people include alcohol in their celebrations without thinking about how to get home safely – resulting in serious and tragic Washington drunk-driving accidents that can injure or even kill anyone involved.

In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 103 people lost their lives in car accidents in St. Patrick’s Day, and thousands more were injured nationwide. Over one-third of those who died were involved in a crash with at least one driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above 0.08 percent – the legal limit in all 50 U.S. states.

If you’re planning on going out for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoying an alcoholic drink or two, be smart. Figure out ahead of time how you’re going to get home in a safe, sober fashion, whether that’s riding with a designated driver, calling a cab, or walking. Or join those who have decided to take their safety and their friends’ safety one step further and volunteer to be the designated driver yourself. Read the rest »

Enjoy the Super Bowl, but Protect Yourself from Car Accidents, Too

By Pendergast Law on February 2, 2012

The Super Bowl offers the chance for one of the biggest parties of the year, even when both teams’ “home turf” is all the way across the country. If you plan to watch the game and celebrate with friends this Sunday, you can help protect yourself and others from car accidents caused by drunk driving by following a few simple steps.

First, decide on a sober way to get home before you leave for a party or sports bar. Choose a designated driver, arrange for a cab, or make sure you can get home on public transportation or by foot. Not only will you help protect yourself by staying off the road, but you’ll help protect others by keeping one more impaired driver off the streets if you end up having one drink too many. Read the rest »

Head-On Interstate Crash Injures Renton Teens

By Pendergast Law on January 18, 2012

Four 17-year-old boys and one 16-year-old girl traveling down Interstate 5 near Tukwila suffered injuries when a driver heading the wrong way on the interstate crashed headfirst into their car. Investigators say the wrong-way driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the head-on collision.

The four teens were driving south on I-5 near the I-405 intersection near Tukwila when the accident occurred. Their car, a Hyundai Elantra, was hit by a Honda Accord driven by a 26-year-old man from Seattle. The older driver had apparently gotten on I-5 heading in the wrong direction, and was speeding northward when he slammed into the teenagers who were on the southbound side of the highway. Read the rest »

To Deter Drunk Drivers This Labor Day, Washington Puts More Officers On the Road

By Pendergast Law on September 1, 2011

Between August 19 and September 5, Washington’s state and local law enforcement agencies plan to put more officers on patrol, both in vehicles and at sobriety checkpoints. Their purpose? To prevent drunk driving and to stop those who decide to operate a vehicle despite being impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The increased patrols are being put on the roads in response to the yearly increase in drunk driving-related accidents over summer holidays, including Labor Day. During these times, motorists and their passengers are more likely to get in a crash caused by a drunk driver, because there are more people—including more people who choose to drive while intoxicated—on Washington roads. The accidents drunk drivers can cause may cause serious injury or even death. Nearly 11,000 people die in drunk driving accidents nationwide each year, and thousands more suffer permanent injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Warns Parents about Teens and Drunk Driving

By Pendergast Law on December 30, 2010

Thousands of teenagers are killed in drunk-driving accidents every year. The hard truth is that motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of teenagers, and 28 percent of 15–20-year-old drivers killed in auto crashes in 2005 had been drinking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Drinking-and-driving accidents may peak during the holidays and school breaks, when teens have a lot of free time while parents are at work or busy with holiday preparations. The question is: How can you, as a parent, prevent what could lead to a personal and family tragedy?      Read the rest »

Seattle Accident Attorney Talks About Staying Safe During the Holidays

By Pendergast Law on December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays! I hope that you and your family are eagerly anticipating a joyful season with plenty of time together. I also urge you to keep safe during this busy time and thought I’d pass along some important holiday safety tips.

Decorate Safely

  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item. Read the rest »

Never Get Behind the Wheel After Drinking Urges Seattle Accident Attorney

By Pendergast Law on September 26, 2010

Three in ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic accident at some time in their lives.

More than 30% of all auto accident fatalities in the United States involve drivers impaired by alcohol. An accident related to drunk driving happens every 45 minutes in the U.S., killing more than 10,000 people and injuring over 250,000 annually. Read the rest »

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