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Rear-End Accidents | Seattle Personal Injury & Accident Blog

Avoid Tailgating – Give Others (and Yourself) Space

By Pendergast Law on January 23, 2018

Driving responsibly in Washington involves a number of habits that keep you and others around you as safe as possible. Today, we’re going to talk about tailgating.

And why you shouldn’t do it. Read the rest »

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The Jeep Recall May Not Have Gone Far Enough

By Pendergast Law on September 10, 2017

It was during the last week of August that a woman in Ohio became the latest fatality attributed to unsafe fuel tanks mounted in the back of certain Jeep models. Her death puts the focus back on Chrysler and the recall it issued to resolve the issue back in 2013. As it turns out, the recall just didn’t go far enough. Read the rest »

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Common Causes of Washington Rear End Collisions

By Pendergast Law on March 7, 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 40 percent of all car accidents in the U.S. every year are rear-end collisions. Most rear-end crashes, and the severe injuries they can cause, can be prevented. Here are some of the most common causes of rear-end car accidents in the Seattle area:

Distracted Driving

Distracted drivers account for a significant portion of the rear-end crashes that happen in Washington and other states every year. Texting, changing the radio or GPS settings, eating, or not paying attention to the road can all cause a driver to hit the car ahead of them. Read the rest »

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Motorcyclist Killed in King County Rear-End Collision

By Pendergast Law on May 6, 2014

A motorcyclist was killed in a King County crash after being struck from behind while waiting to turn left. According to a news report in The News Tribune, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred in the 12400 block of Vashon Highway S.W. on Vashon Island. Officials say the motorcycle was stopped at the time of the rear-end collision. The unidentified rider was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The report does not mention if the driver was injured. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash, but it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Rear-end collisions involving two passenger vehicles often result in neck injuries, sprains, and strains. Rear-end collisions involving a motorcycle, however, often result in devastating brain injuries, bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, and even death.

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Interstate 5 Truck Crash Leaves One Dead and Two Injured

By Pendergast Law on August 29, 2011

A box truck collided with a minivan on Interstate 5 near Lakewood recently, and the accident left one person dead and two others injured, according to a recent article in The Seattle Times.

The Washington vehicle accident occurred during the early morning hours before sunrise. The minivan had slowed down or stopped near the exit to State Road 512 due to an equipment or mechanical failure. The van’s driver and two passengers had not yet gotten out of the van to find out what was wrong before a box truck rear-ended the minivan. The force of the collision pushed the minivan across the freeway from the right shoulder into the far left lane. Read the rest »

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