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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

Injury Lawyers Explain Car Accident Insurance!

Common questions Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys receive during free injury consultation include “Who is going to pay for my medical treatment?” and “What are my insurance options?”

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been representing car accident victims for over 70 years. The process can be complicated. It is important to use experienced injury attorneys that know the process and get results- That is where Althauser Rayan Abbarno comes in!

There are a number of complicated steps our lawyers take to make sure our clients are fully and fairly compensated for their injuries:

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Our lawyers first determine whether the at-fault driver has insurance. Althauser Rayan Abbarno assess the insurance coverage and limits to insurance of the other driver. The at-fault driver’s insurance should pay to fix/replace your vehicle, pay for medical bills, pay for lost wages, pay for pain and suffering, and pay all your general and special damages.

 

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Car Accident: Don’t Settle Too Early!

There are reasons why a car accident victim should not rush to settle a claim with an insurance company. First, insurance companies are not in business to give away money, so any offer is going to be well below the value of your case. Second, many injuries and conditions don’t present immediately. One such condition is called frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis.

Frozen Shoulder

A very common part of the body to be injured in a car accident is the shoulder. Whether it is the seatbelt or striking the car door, the shoulder seems to be among the most common car accident injuries. Injuries could include soft tissue damage, a broken bone, torn rotator cuff, torn bicep tendon, or another very painful injury.

These conditions are serious and retaining an attorney to protect your rights and benefits is important. Contact Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301 for a Free Consultation.

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Injury Attorneys: Low-Impact Crashes Cause Injuries

One of the most common arguments made by insurance companies is that “your low impact car accident did not cause your injuries.” At Althauser Rayan Abbarno, our injury attorneys won’t let the insurance companies discount your injuries and bully you to settle for less than you deserve.

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We have all heard or seen the stories where a car was totaled in a collision but the driver walked away unharmed. We also have seen the story where a relatively minor car accident resulted in major injuries that caused a lifetime of problems for the driver or passenger. At Althauser Rayan Abbarno, we have seen just about everything.

In most car accidents, regardless of the severity of the impact, the driver’s and passengers’ bodies are jolted and jostled in various directions. They may be sitting straight, reaching for the radio at a red light, or turning their head to speak to another occupant of the car. Speed, direction, and body positioning are all factors that determine the severity of an injury.

Too often, insurance companies equate minor vehicle damage with a minor physical injury. It is also true that the driver and/or passengers may also believe they are not hurt from a low-impact collision because they do not experience immediate symptoms. It is not uncommon, for victims of an automobile collision to wake the next day stiff and in pain.

Victims of car accidents should not be punished for the negligence of other drivers. Insurance companies often fail to realize that it is costly and time consuming to obtain reasonable medical care, coordinate the repair of a vehicle, or lose precious time with family and friends because of pain, discomfort, and physical limitations. Our legal system can’t take pain away or rewind time. All it can do is compensate the victims financially. Don’t give up your legal rights.

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Injury Attorneys in Centralia and Olympia! Call (360) 736-1301 for Free Consultation.

Proving to insurance companies that your injuries are worth compensating financially is what Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys do daily. If you are a victim of a car accident, don’t delay, call (360) 736-1301 for a FREE Injury consultation and evaluation in Olympia or Centralia.

For more than 70 years, the Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have been representing injury victims in the South Sound, Southwest Washington, and throughout the State of Washington.

Automobile Collision: Does your child have the right restraint?

According to the CDC, Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented.

  • In the United States, 663 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes during 2015, and more than 121,350 were injured in 2014.
  • One CDC study found that, in one year, more than 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat or a seat belt at least some of the time.
  • Of the children ages 12 years and younger who died in a crash in 2015 (for which restraint use was known), 35% were not buckled up.

You can help protect children from an injury in an automobile collision by using the correct restraints!

  • Based on strong evidence of effectiveness, the Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends car seat laws and car seat distribution plus education programs to increase restraint use and decrease injuries and deaths to child passengers.
  • Car seat distribution plus education programs are also recommended in a more recent review for increasing restraint use.
  • A study of five states that increased the age requirement to 7 or 8 years for car seat/booster seat use found that the rate of children using car seats and booster seats increased nearly three times and the rate of children who sustained fatal or incapacitating injuries decreased by 17%.

The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno want to remind you to properly fit your child with a car restraint. If you need assistance, watch this short video to help!

What You Should Bring to Your Free Personal Injury Consultation

When you meet with your Althauser Rayan Abbarno personal injury attorney, here are a few tips to help us fully evaluate your automobile collision or personal injury claim:
1) Medical Records: If you were injured, you likely sought medical help either from a doctor, clinic, or emergency care facility. In either case, the medical provider should have given you records on what procedures were performed, diagnosis, and contacts for the medical professionals who treated you. To evaluate the extent of your injuries- to date- medical records and objective diagnosis are very helpful. If you don’t have the medical records or treatment is ongoing, an Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help obtain the records following your free consultation.
If you have yet to seek medical care, your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can provide you options for your medical care and guide you through the process.
2) Police or Accident Report: You may have a police report associated with your collision and injuries. This information is important for your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney to assess liability and information about the at-fault driver. If you don’t have a copy of the police or incident report, an Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help obtain the report following your free consultation.
3) Insurance Policy Information: Your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help you determine what is and isn’t covered by your automobile insurance policies; such as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Under- and Uninsured Motorist coverage. If you don’t have a copy of your insurance policy, an Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help you obtain the policy following your free consultation.
4) Private Health Insurance Information: Your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help you determine how to pay your injuries by reviewing your health insurance policy. Private health insurance coverage can greatly influence your case; especially if you have an ERISA plan. If you don’t have a copy of your health insurance card or policy, an Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney can help obtain the health insurance policy following your free consultation.
5) Correspondence: Provide your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney with any written communication from the at-fault driver, your insurance company, or the at-fault driver’s insurance company. The communication may have a significant impact on your case or a case under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA).
6) Witnesses: Provide your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney with a list of any witnesses of the collision, whether they were in the vehicle or not. Also provide the witness’ contact information.
7) Medical History: Be prepared to discuss previous medical history with your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney. Pre-existing conditions and injuries, whether arising naturally, form previous personal injury cases, or worker’s compensation cases, may have an impact on the method for evaluating your case.
Arriving prepared gives your Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorney a better chance to accurately evaluate your claim and successfully fight for your rights, benefits, and compensation.
If you or someone you know was injured in an automobile collision, contact Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301 or visiting CentraliaLaw.com

Experienced-Dedicated-Local Personal Injury Attorneys!

For more than 70 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has provided experienced – dedicated – local personal Injury representation from the bumper-to-bumper collisions to catastrophic injuries and wrongful death claims.  Our attorneys Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno are trial ready and will fight for all your rights and benefits.

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For a free injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia, call 360-736-1301!

Automobile Collision? Let your car tell the story!

When it comes to proving your side of a case, you expect those representing you will use everything in their power to create a compelling story. The more quality evidence you collect, the better your case.  Today, technology has given us ways to know what happened in automobile collisions that people never thought before. The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno explain how a “little black box” and some high-tech know-how can make your case.

Everyone knows airplanes have a black box that help answer questions following a plane crash. But what you may not know is that some more modern automobiles also have them. Called an Event Data Recorder (EDR), these boxes can make a huge difference in your case. That’s why Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno, partners at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, have made it their business to know all they can about them.

“The black box is important because the facts are often disputed in automobile collisions, whether because of inattentiveness to details at the time of collision or injury prevents accurate recollection,” Peter Abbarno says. “The black box can determine a number of facts that eliminates human memory or perception errors.”

The EDR system can give lawyers like Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno critical information, including GPS location, acceleration and braking, degree the steering wheel turned, and timing on all of these things. In some vehicles, sensors give it the ability to tell what positions the people in the car were in. For example, was the driver leaning out of their seat to reach for something on the floor? All of this, can make or break a case.

But knowing about the technology isn’t enough. Your law firm needs to act quickly to retrieve the EDR data, especially in cases where the car has been labeled “totaled” by the insurance company. Once the car is compacted, the EDR is destroyed forever. In addition, there are standards to follow, including Civil Discovery Rules, to preserve the evidence from a collision scene.

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