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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

Learn to drive safely in the rain. . . Again!

Do you remember how to drive safely in the rain? Many drivers forget the basics that could help them avoid a collision and car accident.  Here are a couple tips to keep you and your family safe.

Plan Ahead
Planning is easier said than done. The best advice for driving in heavy rain and slick conditions is to simply avoid it, if possible. However, if travel is unavoidable, plan your trip to avoid the most hazardous and congested highways and roads. And, be sure to build in extra time.

Slow Down
Vision is poor, reactions times are slower, and slick roads means automobiles are harder to stop. To prevent collisions, try driving 10 miles an hour slower than usual. This will give you more time to brake and delivers more control over the vehicle.

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Todd Rayan: Local Lawyer Passionate About our Community

Injury attorney and Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Todd Rayan is a Local Lawyer who is Passionate About our Community!

When you need an injury attorney, there is nothing better than one who not only knows the law, but knows the local area.  Knowing the law, local rules, community, as well as experts to call when needed for an injury case, are very important. Todd Rayan, partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, is Thurston County’s hometown lawyer. Rayan was born and raised in Rochester and has a passion for helping the people of Thurston County.

Todd Rayan works side by side with the attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno to help clients navigate complex cases during challenging times. Photo courtesy: Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP.

“I have been a lifelong resident of Thurston County and I am looking forward to continuing to expand our service area to make it more convenient for our clients,” Rayan says.

Rayan didn’t go far when it came time to go to college, choosing Saint Martin’s University where he received degrees in History and Political Science, along with a teaching certificate. He did his student teaching in Rochester and was a teacher and coach at River Ridge High School.

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If you or someone you know was injured in an automobile collision or at work, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE injury consultation and evaluation in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301.

 

Personal Injury: Slip and Fall Injuries!

Generally, the operator of a business owes a duty of reasonable care for the safety of members of the public who are invited as customers to his/her business premises. This includes a duty to warn and inspect for dangerous conditions and to use reasonable care to maintain the premises so they are reasonably safe for invitees.
It is usually a question of fact for a jury whether, under all of the circumstances, a defective condition existed long enough so an owner exercising reasonable care would have discovered it. Constructive knowledge exists if the unsafe condition has been present long enough that a person exercising ordinary care would have discovered it.
Slipping on water at a business is a common personal injury claim. However, the mere presence of water on a floor where the plaintiff slipped is likely not enough to prove negligence by the possessor of the property. To prove negligence, the plaintiff must show that the water made the floor dangerously slippery, and the property owner knew or should have known both that water would make the floor slippery, and that there was water on the floor at the time the plaintiff slipped.
Most rules have exceptions. Where the nature of the operator’s business and methods of operation are such that the existence of unsafe conditions on the premises are either continuous or reasonably foreseeable, then the establishment of notice by the owner/operator does apply. However, the injured plaintiff must still prove that the defendant failed to take reasonable care to prevent the injury.
A business operator also has a duty to protect customers and visitors from reasonably foreseeable injury from other patrons. This includes a duty to warn patrons of a potential danger created by other patrons themselves. For example, a court has held that it was for a jury to determine whether a store should have warned its customers of danger where a customer was injured by a shoplifter who was fleeing from store detectives.
If you or someone you know was injured due to the negligence of others, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301 for a FREE Consultation and Case Evaluation!

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

Injury Report: Hawks v. The Pack

Injury Report: Seahawks v. Packers

Your local Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are proud sponsors of the live Seattle Seahawks game broadcast on KELA / KMNT Radio 104.3 in Centralia – Chehalis  and the weekly injury report.

With more than 70 years of combined injury experience, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP offers free personal injury or workers compensation consultations in Centralia, call us at (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com

Monday Night Football Injury Report: Seahawks v. Bills

Monday Night Football– Seahawks Injury Report!

The Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are proud sponsors of the live Seattle Seahawks game broadcast on KELA/KMNT 104.3 in Centralia – Chehalis and the weekly injury report.

For a free personal injury or workers compensation consultation in Olympia or Centralia, call us at (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com

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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