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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”?

Divorce and Family Law Attorneys in Centralia and Olympia at (360) 736-1301.

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!

Vote Best Place to Work and Best Customer Service.

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.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno – Experienced and Local- Olympia and Centralia – (360) 736-1301

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

2019 Althauser Rayan Abbarno sponsored Cheyllyn Collinsworth Scholarship!

Each year, the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce hosts the Rob Fuller Scholarship Luncheon where the top 25 students from Centralia High School and WF West High School are honored.

In 2017, Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno was the keynote where Centralia High School senior Cheyllyn Collinsworth was a recipient. Tragically, shortly after the event Cheyllyn was killed in a automobile collision on the way home from work by a driver under the influence.

Debra Collinsworth and Bob Calvert at the 2018 Rob Fuller Scholarship Luncheon.

In his address to the students, keynote speaker Peter Abbarno said “Education is the building block for any community. Graduation is not the end or beginning. Life is a series of chapters in a book.

At this point, one chapter is closing and another one is beginning for the students, he said.  As the seniors head out into the world, they were encouraged to come back to the area to better the community they were raised in or go out and settle in a new community and work to benefit their neighbors. ” Read more in the Chronicle.

In 2018, in honor of Cheyllyn, Althauser Rayan Abbarno and the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce announced the creation of a scholarship in Cheyllyn’s name.  Apply for the Cheylynn Collinsworth Scholarship.

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Be Kind To Lawyers Day

Happy Be Kind To Lawyers Day! The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are proud to celebrate #BeKindToLawyersDay and encourage you to consider the contributions of lawyers around the country and in your neighborhood.

Lawyers around the world get a lot of grief just for being lawyers. Yet, when people need help planning their estate, forming a business, getting fair compensation after getting injured in a car accident or on the job, or defending their honor after being accused of a crime . . . to whom do they turn? The lawyers at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP!

Did you know that Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP delivered over $100,000 worth of financial support and free legal services to our community in 2018?

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Injured Workers need to know about “Light-Duty Jobs”

Injured workers may be eligible for a “light-duty job”.  The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno offer FREE workers’ compensation consultations in Olympia and Centralia to make sure you know all your rights and receive all your benefits.

Injured workers may be eligible for time-loss, loss of earning power, permanent partial disability, pension, vocational benefits, and even a light-duty job offer. An employer can request that an injured worker, entitled to time loss benefits, be certified by their medical provider to perform available work (other than the job of injury).

Free Workers’ Compensation consultations in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301

A valid “Light-Duty Job Offer” from the employer, must be provided to the medical provider, and include a statement describing the work “in term that will enable the medical provider to relate the physical activities of the job tot he worker’s disability.”  In other words, the attending physician for the injured worker must “sign off and agree” that the injured worker can perform the light-duty job.

If the “Light Duty Job”  is not in writing and does not describe the physical activities in detail, then it is not a valid “Light-Duty Offer.”  If the attending physician must agree the injured worker can perform the “Light-Duty Job,.”

Injured workers should not be bullied to return to work too soon and jeopardize their recovery. Only the attending physician can certify that an injured worker can perform “Light-Duty Job” activities. A certification from an (IME) doctor or independent medical examiner is not sufficient.

If the injured worker accepts a “Light-Duty Job Offer,” time-loss benefits will terminate and the injured worker will be paid according to the “Light-Duty Job Offer.” If it is later determined the injured worker is unable to continue the “Light-Duty Job,” time-loss benefits will resume.

Free Injury Consultation in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301

For more information about time-loss benefits, light-duty jobs, or to receive a FREE workers’ compensation consultation in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com