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Choosing Your Personal Injury Attorney

If you are unlucky enough to have been injured in a car, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian collision, the injury is just the beginning. The stress of lost wages, family strain, insurance company calls, and paperwork is just beginning.  Choosing the right  personal injury attorney can help your recovery.

Whether a minor injury, catastrophic injury, or death, the stress placed on victims and the pressure to settle early builds.  How should you choose your personal injury attorney?

Find a Local Attorney You Can Trust, Personally

Finding an injury attorney is about building trust and a personal relationship. You want your attorney vested in your case and your family. You need a trustworthy and accountable attorney who will fight for you.

Advertisements with promises from out of town attorneys is tempting, but should not be the sole basis for your decision.  Some injury attorneys will send assistants to sign you up or require you drive to their office out of town. Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in Centralia and Olympia and regularly travel to meet their clients.

In addition to calling (360) 736-1301, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has a hotline for clients and potential clients to call 24/7 at (360) 880-2399.  Clients will get an Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney, not an operator! Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury consultations are FREE.

Nominated Best Customer Service in Lewis County!
Nominated Best Customer Service in Lewis County!

There is no replacement for a face-to-face meeting with your potential attorney. Injuries are painful, stressful, and the process is confusing. Your attorney should be accessible to you and willing to meet to answer any questions you have before and after you hire them. That is why Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been nominated “Best Customer Service” in Lewis County for four (4) years in a row.

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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.

Car and Motorcycle Injury Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia!

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.

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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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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Centralia Law Firm Building Relationships For Over 70 Years!

Look no further than the law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno when you think about local businesses with deep community roots and a history of involvement and public service. Since 1946, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP has served our community and provided exceptional legal services.

Based in the heart of downtown Centralia, Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a full service law firm that seeks long-term relationships with its clients. While partners Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno focus their practices on personal injury, wrongful death and workers compensation, their team of six attorneys and nine staff help the community in many areas of law, such as estate planning and probate, family law, criminal defense, real estate and property law, and corporate and business formation.

Here are four ways that Althauser Rayan Abbarno builds relationships that help their clients:

1. Commitment to Excellence

“Althauser Rayan Abbarno is proud to have a history of attorneys that were not only great lawyers, but cared about our community,” says Todd Rayan, partner since 2006. “Two recent partners, Ralph Olson and Chuck Althauser, were a credit to the legal profession and our community through their involvement with groups like Rotary, Centralia Dollars for Scholars, and the Providence Centralia Community Foundation.” Recent Althauser Rayan Abbarno partners have also donned the black robe with James Lawler serving as a Superior Court Judge and Wade Samuelson serving as a District Court Judge.

2. Dedication to Centralia
A partner in the firm since 2010, Peter Abbarno is dedicated to the people of Lewis County and was elected to the Centralia City Council in 2015. “I love coming to work every day knowing that I am giving my clients a voice in the judicial system and equal access to justice,” says Peter Abbarno, partner since 2013. “I feel that same commitment to my community as I do my clients. As a Centralia City council member, I focus each day on moving the ball forward and creating a better community and better life for my children, my neighbors, and the region as a whole.”

Abbarno is also vice-chairman of the Centralia College Foundation, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis, and hosts the weekday morning talk show “Let’s Talk About It” on KELA.

3. Deep Community Roots
Todd was born, raised, and educated in the area and has been building relationships in Centralia-Chehalis since he joined Althauser Rayan Abbarno in 2004. “We’ve got to give something back because we’re able to,” he says. “It’s not an obligation, it’s an honor.”
The firm’s deep community roots and experience in personal injury cases regularly aid clients. In personal injury cases involving vehicle collisions, Rayan often uses local and regional Forensic Mechanical Engineers to gather information and data from a vehicle and/or scene and then recreate it to try and find out what happened. “Not every attorney has these relationships or personal injury experience to successful represent injured clients,” says Rayan. “We have the personal injury experience and the relationships with the right experts.”

4. Culture of Public Service
A credit to their efforts, Althauser Rayan Abbarno was nominated the Best Place To Work in Lewis County award, Peter Abbarno was nominated the Best Elected Official in Lewis County award and Associate Jake McGhie was nominated the Best Young Professional in Lewis County award for the last two years.

“Althauser Rayan Abbarno believes in taking care of its staff, clients and community,” says Abbarno. That means encouraging staff to contribute their time to public service.”
Attorney Jake McGhie serves as president of the Lewis County Bar Association, Attorney Emily Laz is president of the Lewis County Bar’s Legal Aid, and Attorney Allyson Felt is a board member for Lewis County Seniors as well as the Historic Fox Theatre Restoration non-profit as is Todd Rayan. The firm also organizes a back-to-school supply drive each year for the Centralia School District, and does so much more.

For more information about Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s legal services, their attorneys, or their service in the community, visit them on Facebook, online at CentraliaLaw.com or call their Centralia or Olympia offices at (360)736-1301. To read more, visit Chronline.com

Law Firm Building Local Relationships For More Than 70 Years!

Look no further than the law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno when you think about local businesses with deep community roots and a history of involvement and public service. Since 1946, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP has served our community and provided exceptional legal services.

With offices in Olympia and in the heart of downtown Centralia, Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a full service law firm that seeks long-term relationships with its clients. While partners Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno focus their practices on personal injury, wrongful death and workers compensation, their team of six attorneys and nine staff help the community in many areas of law, such as estate planning and probate, family law, criminal defense, real estate and property law, and corporate and business formation.

Here are four ways that Althauser Rayan Abbarno builds relationships that help their clients:

1. Commitment to Excellence
“Althauser Rayan Abbarno is proud to have a history of attorneys that were not only great lawyers, but cared about our community,” says Todd Rayan, partner since 2006. “Two recent partners, Ralph Olson and Chuck Althauser, were a credit to the legal profession and our community through their involvement with groups like Rotary, Centralia Dollars for Scholars, and the Providence Centralia Community Foundation.” Recent Althauser Rayan Abbarno partners have also donned the black robe with James Lawler serving as a Superior Court Judge and Wade Samuelson serving as a District Court Judge.

2. Dedication to Centralia
A partner in the firm since 2010, Peter Abbarno is dedicated to the people of Lewis County and was elected to the Centralia City Council in 2015.

“I love coming to work every day knowing that I am giving my clients a voice in the judicial system and equal access to justice,” says Peter Abbarno, partner since 2013. “I feel that same commitment to my community as I do my clients. As a Centralia City council member, I focus each day on moving the ball forward and creating a better community and better life for my children, my neighbors, and the region as a whole.”

Abbarno is also vice-chairman of the Centralia College Foundation, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis, and hosts the weekday morning talk show “Let’s Talk About It” on KELA.

Read more in the Chronicle Article featuring Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

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.

Read more in ThurstonTalk

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.

 

Althauser Rayan Abbarno nominated “Best Place to Work” in Lewis County!

The law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno is honored to have been nominated “best place to work” in Lewis County for the second year in a row. The attorneys and staff pride themselves on being advocates for their clients and providing a high level of customer service and communication.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in Centralia and Olympia and serve clients throughout the State of Washington in areas of Personal Injury/Automobile Collisions; Workplace Injuries/Workers Compensation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Estate Planning, Contract/Property Disputes, and Corporate/Business formation.

In addition, the firm has the pleasure of announcing :

 Partners Peter Abbarno was nominated “Best Elected Official in Lewis County; and

Associate Jake McGhie was nominated “Best Young Professional” in Lewis County! 

The nominees were chosen by the Chronicle Newspaper readers and the final vote is June 19th through July 2nd.

You can vote once daily by visiting the Chronicle at http://bestoflc.chronline.com/vote/

Peter Abbarno: Passionate Injury Attorney and Community Leader

Becoming injured is bad enough, but when your injury becomes a legal battle, it’s hard to focus on the important things – like getting well.

Peter Abbarno is a passionate attorney and partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno where he focuses on helping injured workers navigate complex worker’s compensation laws and victims injured in automobile collisions. Since 1946, the law office of Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been practicing in Thurston County and throughout Washington state. Their attorneys, like Peter Abbarno, know the law, as well as the doctors and experts their clients need. This helps Abbarno give his clients the best representation possible.

Peter Abbarno
Peter Abbarno (far right), his wife Holly, Amy DeBolt and Rep. Richard DeBolt, at the 2017 Governor’s Ball in Olympia. Photo credit: Peter Abbarno

“We have a new office in Olympia to make it easier for our clients,” he says. “I am very excited to continue working in Thurston County and the office just makes it that much more convenient.”

Abbarno’s motto is “equal access to justice.” He is very passionate about bringing fairness to injury clients, leveling the playing field, and achieving the best possible results to fully compensate clients for their injuries.

Abbarno is known in the community for his work ethic and ability to get things done.  When not working on injury cases, Abbarno improves the community by serving on Centralia City Council, and on the board of directors for both the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis and Centralia College Foundation. Abbarno also  hosts a radio show entitled, “Let’s Talk About It,” which broadcasts from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday on KELA-AM 1470. Abbarno discusses local, state, and federal issues, as well as government and politics. He also has a variety of guests – from elected officials to non-profit organizations like Raise for Rowyn.

“I want to improve our community by helping others,” said Abbarno. “Injured workers and clients injured in automobile collisions need an attorney that not only understands the law, but understands their circumstances. Clients deserve an attorney who works hard in and out of the courtroom. That is exactly what a client gets when they hire Althauser Rayan Abbarno.”

For more information on Pete Abbarno visit Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s website or call 360-352-1134.

Read the whole article by Kristina Lotz in the ThurstonTalk.com Article about Injury Attorney and Partner Peter Abbarno.

If you or someone you know was injured at work or in an automobile collision, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia.