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100 Deadliest Driving Days for Teen Drivers: Staying Safe!

The official beginning of Summer is June 21st! Summer brings beautiful weather, trips to the beach, and vacations. While summer is usually a time for relaxation and fun, it also kicks off the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers!

The 100 deadliest days is a period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the number of crash fatalities involving teen drivers historically rise. According to We Save Lives, an average of 260 teens are killed in car crashes each month during summer. That is a 26% increase compared to other months of the year.

So far this year in Washington, the Washington State Department of Transportation reports there have already been 326 vehicle collisions involving distracted teens; with 4 resulting in fatalities.

Although some vehicle collisions are accidents, most are preventable and a result of driver negligence. The Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno urge parents to prioritize safety for teen drivers and themselves.  Review the driving safety tips below to help keep our roads safe for all drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, no matter what season.

Put the Distractions Away

Approximately 60% of teen crashes today are caused by distracted driving. During summer months, distracted driving contributes to 9% of fatal teen car crashes.  We already know from the WSDOT that there have been 4 distracted teen collisions resulting in fatalities.

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To help limit the temptation to engage in distracting behaviors, drivers should have their directions set up, desired music playing, climate controls set, and cell phone put away prior to putting the car in drive.

All drivers, including teens, should also refrain from eating or drinking, applying makeup, and talking on the phone while driving.

Drive on the Defense

Defensive driving is known to saves lives and prevents the likelihood of a crash. Even if you are not a teen and driving appropriately, all drivers should be aware of their surrounding.

Never assume other drivers are sober, alert, and obey the rules of the road. Expecting other drivers to make mistakes will enhance your ability to proactively prevent an accident.

Obey Speed Limits

Speeding is another leading cause of fatal car crashes for teens. On a national scale, speeding killed 9,717 people in 2017, accounting for more than a quarter of traffic fatalities that year.  When a driver chooses to speed, they are at risk for greater potential for loss of vehicle control, reduced effectiveness of protection features, and increased fuel cost.

Never Drink and Drive

If you or your teen have been drinking, never get behind the wheel of a car. Encourage your teens to contact you if they are in a potentially dangerous driving situation.   Also encourage teens to say no to a ride with a driver who has been consuming alcohol or drugs.

If you are planning to attend a function that will be serving alcohol and you will be drinking, make other accommodations for travel. Uber, Lyft, taxis, shuttles, and limos are all options to help prevent impaired drivers on the road. Plus, they can be fun!

Make Summer Safer

Car accidents are rarely accidents. With an increased awareness on the road, you and your teen can prevent crashes before they happen. Make this summer as safe as possible by applying these four driving safety tips today!

Getting Legal Help!

Local Lawyers in Olympia and Centralia!

If you or someone you know was injured in a vehicle collision, contact Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a free injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301 or visit centralialaw.com.

For more than 70 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been representing individuals and businesses in our community. Nominated best customer services in Lewis County, Althauser Rayan Abbarno delivers results for its clients and builds relationships.

Head Injuries: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP has handled many head injury cases. In addition to advocating for our injury clients,  our injury attorneys learned about the impact head injuries have on the victim and their family.

Our injury attorneys want to educate our community and share information about how head injuries occur, what symptoms the injured person and their family should look for, and what treatments are available for people that have a head injury.

Causes of Head Injuries:

Head injuries are often the result of a blow to the head. Some of the most common head injuries are associated with motor vehicle collisions, falls, physical assaults, and sports-related accidents. However, health professional indicate that it is not necessary to strike your head to suffer from a head injury in a traumatic event.

Individuals often suffer head injuries in automobile collisions even though they did not strike their head against any object. Your brain can be injured by jolting or jerking movements which cause the brain to impact the inside of the skull; many have diagnosed this condition as whiplash. However it can be much more serious.

It is important to note that someone can suffer a head injury, yet diagnostic studies like MRI and CT scans may not find any anomalies. Medical science recognizes that not all head injuries show up on these studies. It is important to understand this because our injury attorneys have successfully represented clients with significant head injuries that had unremarkable diagnostic studies.

Symptoms of Head Injuries:

Our injury attorneys take all injuries very seriously; especially head injuries.  That is a reason why Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers free injury consultations in Olympia and Centralia. We want there to be no barrier to you getting the help and guidance you need. Call (360) 736-1301.

There are several important questions our attorneys ask: Are you having headaches? Are your eyes light sensitive? Are there memory problems? Do you see a significant change in personality? Are they easily frustrated or angered? Do they have trouble selecting what words they want to use? Do they repeat themselves or ask the same questions?

Other problems could show up, such as ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, such as fear of driving or being a passenger in a vehicle.

Our injury attorneys help gather information from you so you can make educated decisions about your case and your medical care.

Treatments for Head Injuries:

Our attorneys strongly recommend that clients with head injuries or suspected head injuries seek treatment with a neurologist and a neuropsychologist to determine the extent of injury and how it will affect the injured person. Using testing and interviews they can evaluate whether someone suffered from a head injury and the severity. In some cases, medication is prescribed to help relieve the pain and discomfort. Others are prescribed treatment. In many cases, time is the best cure.

If you require treatment, a neuropsychologist will often recommend that you see a chiropractor, massage therapist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist to help sort out the problems you are having and come up with solutions.

Furthermore, if you suffer from tinnitus you may be referred to an audiologist to get a diagnosis and assist you with therapies. Vision problems may result in a referral for vision therapy or other optometry specialists. Our attorneys help clients find recommended treatment providers.

Getting Help for Head Injuries:

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Unfortunately, not all head injuries resolve. Some require prolonged treatment. If you or someone you know has suffered a head injury in an accident or collision, it is important to contact experienced injury attorneys to protect your rights and benefits, and guide you through the process.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers free injury consultations in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301 or visiting CentraliaLaw.com.

Local Attorneys host Chamber Business After Hours in June!

The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are hosting the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours networking event on Thursday, June 20th from 5 to 7pm.

This is the last day of Spring; a great way to network with local business and community leaders and welcome summer!

“We encourage our community to #ChooseLocalFirst and this is a way for Althauser Rayan Abbarno to show the community they are a premier law firm in our community and in the region,” said Peter Abbarno, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “Our attorneys represent individuals, businesses, and corporations throughout the State of Washington. Our law firm loves the opportunity to open its doors to the Chamber community.”

Althauser Rayan Abbarno rolls out the red carpet and provides food, beer, wine, prizes, raffles, and a lot of great networking. They’ve been hosting a yearly Business After Hours for the past three years.

The event takes place at Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s Centralia Office located at 114 West Magnolia in historic downtown Centralia. The law firm was started in 1946 and moved to West Magnolia where they have been located for more than 60 years.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in historic downtown Centralia and on Percival Landing in Olympia.

Six (6) attorneys each have a select area of concentration, like

  • Personal Injury,
  • Worker’s Compensation,
  • Estate Planning and Probate,
  • Corporate and Business Law,
  • Landlord-Tenant Law,
  • Contractual and Property Disputes,
  • Family Law, and
  • Criminal Defense.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno professional staff are experienced and trained by a firm attorneys. Each of our attorneys works cross-functionally with other attorneys within the firm to find collective answers to serve clients’ needs and interests.

For more information about Althauser Rayan Abbarno or to schedule your consultation with their attorneys in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com.

 

 

Rear-End Automobile Collisions

Rear end auto accidents take place on our roads every day. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, there have been 33,999 automobile related collisions in the State of Washington this year resulting in 172 fatalities.

Collisions can occur at any time and can happen to anyone. While these types of collisions are common, they are completely preventable by knowing and understanding the rules of the road and staying alert.

For more than 70 years, the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have represented victims of automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian collisions throughout the State of Washington.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers Free Injury Consultations in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301.

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Divorce Question: What is Community Property?

“What is Community Property” is a very common question asked during a divorce consultation with our attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno.  Knowing community/separate property and how it is distributed is very important to any person going through a divorce.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers divorce and family law consultations in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301.

What is “community property”?

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Washington is a “community property” state. Generally, property acquired during marriage is presumed community property, with both parties having an equal but undivided interest in the property. Community property laws can be complicated and may required tracing the origins of the property or improvement of the property.  Couples who have been married a long time, who have significant property, or who own a business will want to seek legal advice on how to best determine a fair and equitable distribution.

What is “separate property”? “

Separate property” means property that does no constitute community property.  Generally, separate property is real and personal property owned before marriage, or received during the marriage as a gift or  inheritance, or that was bought with separate money. In some cases, determining what is separate property can be complex or unclear and getting legal advice can be important.

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Memorial Day Weekend Travel Safety Tips

For many, Memorial Day Weekend is the official beginning to summer.  Spending time with family, remembering our fallen military members, and taking advantage of a three-day weekend are all reasons people will travel this weekend.

There will be an estimate 42.75 million travelers this weekend; a 4% increase from 2018.  It’s an incredibly dangerous time to be on the road.

According to recent studies,  travelers are four times more likely to be killed in a car accident over Memorial Day Weekend than during any other time of the year.  Memorial Day is fast approaching.  It’s important to know why accidents are more likely to happen, how to stay safe, and what to do if you are involved in a crash this holiday weekend.

Why Are There More Car Accidents During Memorial Day Weekend?

There are a few reasons why car accidents happen more frequently over Memorial Day weekend.

More Traffic
Memorial Day Traffic

A lot of people travel over Memorial Day weekend. As a result, there are more cars on the road than normal. One study estimates that of the 42.75 million Americans traveling 34.6 million Americans will logs more than 50 miles behind the wheel this holiday weekend.
When roads are congested, accidents are more likely to happen. There’s simply less room for error when you’re sharing the road with more vehicles.

Drunk Driving

Alcohol is a common factor at many Memorial Day celebrations. Monday may be a holiday, but there’s still school and work on Tuesday. Many drivers, in a rush to get home, don’t take the time to sober up after spending hours drinking at a backyard BBQ.
Drivers under the influence contribute to a significant number of Memorial Day crashes. When a driver is drunk, they lack the skills and reflexes that are necessary to navigate safely.

Fatigue

Fatigue leads people to fall asleep at the wheel or make bad judgement calls, so it always recommended to obtain enough sleep before driving. Driver fatigue accidents are difficult to quantify because there is no drowsiness test comparable to blood alcohol testing for drunk drivers. Conservative estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) place fatigue-caused accidents at 100,000 a year, with 1,550 resulting deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in costs.

How Can I Help Avoid A Car Accident?

Stay alert when you are driving and avoid text messaging and other activities that distract you from the road.

  • Do not drink and drive or use other drugs that may inhibit your reaction time and ability to drive.
  • Plan ahead and allow for extra time to avoid being rushed and distractions.
    • Check the Washington State Department of Transportation’s best times to travel charts to help plan your trip and avoid congestion. For travel times and charts click here.

What Should I Do If I’m Involved in a Car Accident?

Even if you take steps to stay safe, there’s still a chance that you’ll be injured in a car accident. Your choices and decisions after an accident will affect any injury claims you decide to file. Here’s what you should do if you are involved in a crash this holiday weekend:

Know what to do after a car accident. Call Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301.

1) Call the Police

2) Exchange Information

3) Get the names and contact information for witnesses

4) Seek medical attention if necessary

5) Report the collision to the insurance but do not give any details until you have spoken with an attorney.

6) Call Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301

You may have an obligation to cooperate with your own insurance, do not provide detail of the collision until you had time to speak with an attorney.

You do not have an obligation to speak with the at-fault drivers insurance and you should not speak to the insurance company until you speak with Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers free glove box auto collision cards in both their Olympia and Centralia offices or by calling (360) 736-1301.  The glove box cards include steps to take in the event of a car accident and accident report card to record important information about the collision.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorneys have offices in Centralia and Olympia for your convenience. For more than 70 years, our attorneys have fought for the rights and benefits of victims of car accidents throughout the State of Washington.

To meet with our experienced Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys in Centralia or Olympia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com. All injury and car accident consultations are FREE.

Local Lawyers in Olympia and Centralia!

Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, and Car Accident Lawyers Near you in Olympia and Centralia offering FREE Consultations and Claim Evaluations by calling (360) 736-1301.

Representing Car Accident Victims in Washington state since 1946. Our 6 attorneys and 10 professional staff are ready to protect your rights and deliver the benefits you deserve.

Local Law Firm Nominated “Best Customer Service” and “Best Place To Work”!

The Olympia and Centralia law firm Althauser Rayan Abbarno was nominated by the Daily Chronicle readers as the “Best Customer Service” and “Best Place to Work” in Lewis County! Vote now daily for Althauser Rayan Abbarno at the Chronicle!

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Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been representing individuals and businesses in our community since 1946.  In 2018, Althauser Rayan Abbarno was voted the “Best” Place to Work by the Chronicle readers.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has two offices: in historic downtown Centralia and on Percival Landing in Olympia. The law firm consists of six (6) attorneys and nine (9) professional staff members.

Vote Peter Abbarno for Best Elected Official and Best Volunteer at http://bestoflc.chronline.com/vote/

Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney Peter Abbarno was nominated Best Elected Official and Best Volunteer in Lewis County.  Voters can vote daily through Saturday May 25 at bestoflc.chronline.com/vote/

Abbarno won Best Volunteer in Lewis County in 2018 and has been nominated one of the Best Elected Officials in Lewis County for his work on the Centralia City Council for the past three years. Vote for Peter Abbarno daily at the Chronicle. 

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Third-Party Claims: Workers Injured In Car Accidents

Generally, employees injured at work may not sue their employer or other employees outside of the Workers’ Compensation system. However, the right of an injured worker or their beneficiary to seek damages against a responsible third party is an exception to the general rule.

Hiring a personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm like Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Olympia and Centralia may help the injured worker navigate both systems better, receive the necessary medical treatment, and recover more for the injuries.

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If an employee is injured in the course of work, by a third party, the employee should file a Workers’ Compensation claim, as well as a personal injury claim against the third party. This will helpthe injured worker receive the maximum amount of benefits and recover the maximum amount of compensation.

A third party is a person, not employed by the same employer, who injures or causes the death of the employee while the employee is working.  Some common examples include:

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Global Road Safety Week is May 6-12!

The weather is getting warmer, summer is coming, and family road trips are being planned. May 6-12 is Global Road Safety Week., which is a good time of year to emphasize safety because motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S., with over 100 people dying every day. Althauser Rayan Abbarno provides FREE injury consultations near you in Olympia and Centralia for victims of automobile, motorcycle, and pedestrian collisions.

Motor vehicle injuries are also a leading cause of death among children in the United States. According to the most recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control, 723 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes during 2016, and more than 128,000 were injured.

Victims and their families receive FREE injury consultations from our car accident lawyers in Olympia and Centralia. (360) 736-1301. Our car accident lawyers near you Olympia and Centralia want you to know your rights from the very start.

Pedestrian Injuries are increasing. Call Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301

The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have represented injured victims of low-speed and high-speed car crashes.

Sadly, our attorneys have represented families in our community and throughout Washington state who lost loved ones to automobile, motorcycle, and pedestrian collisions.

Some collisions are avoidable and others are not. One thing is for sure, families can take precautions to protect children and minors from serious injury and death.

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Local Injury Attorneys Warn that Motorcycle Collisions are on the Rise!

Motorcycle liability insurance is not required in the State of Washington; however, Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorneys recommend coverage for yourself and others.  That is why Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers FREE Injury Consultations in Olympia and Centralia to victims of motorcycle collisions.

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This year, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported 162 crashes involving motorcycles with 11 resulting in fatalities. In Lewis County, there have been 3 motorcycle fatalities and (3) motorcycle fatalities in Thurston County in the first four (4) months this year.

The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno remind all drivers and riders to stay alert and sober.  Crashes can be accidents, but choosing to be financially responsible is not.

Although it is not mandatory, motorcycle riders should consider doing of to the following:

Motorcyclist can be protected by the State insurance minimums of

  • $25,000 for bodily injury/death of one person per accident;
  • $50,000 for bodily injury of two people per accident;
  • $10,000 for injury or property or person per accident
Car and Motorcycle Injury Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia!

The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno represent individuals injured in automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian collisions. To meet with our experienced attorneys in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com