Being injured in a vehicle collision is a traumatic experience. Losing a loved one to a vehicle collision is an unimaginable experience. Nobody is prepared to lose a child in a preventable vehicle collision by an impaired driver. Unfortunately and tragically, there have been over 225 alcohol and/or drug impaired fatal and serious injury crashes in Washington so far this year.
“In May 2017, when I found out my daughter Cheyllyn had been lost in a collision caused by an impaired driver, my world turned black. She was my life,” said Deb Collinsworth of Centralia. “I was a single mother and we shared a very special bond. I was so proud of her, she was enrolled at Central Washington University and wanted to become an elementary school teacher with a minor in education. It is a daily struggle, and when the anniversary of Cheyllyn’s death comes around, it really impacts me even more. I don’t want any other parent to experience this kind of loss.”
Collisions have tremendous impacts on the lives of the victims and their families, said Todd Rayan, Partner and injury attorney with the Centralia and Olympia law firm Althauser Rayan Abbarno, a law firm that has represented injury victims since 1946, including Deb Collinsworth.
“Nobody should have to go through the tragedy of losing a loved one to an impaired driver.
Unfortunately, automobile collisions resulting in injuries and death are going to continue to happen,” Rayan said. “Althauser Rayan Abbarno has the experience and tools of big city law firms, but what sets us apart is our small town attention, compassion, and client focus. Clients are not merely single transactions to us.”