The Stress of “Who’s to Blame” Following an Injury

If you’ve been seriously injured, you might wonder if your injury warrants the help of a personal injury attorney. What makes enlisting the help of a personal injury attorney so important? Sometimes, when one has been wronged, they might find it difficult or stressful to assign “blame.” Whose fault is it that you were injured?… Read more »

Winter? Inevitable. Slip and Fall Accidents? Preventable.

Those frigid temperatures outside mean that winter has officially arrived to Central Washington. And with winter weather, snow and ice, comes greater responsibility for businesses and greater risk for pedestrians. For Businesses: Slip and fall injuries are one of the most common types of personal injury claim. When a customer falls on someone else’s property,… Read more »

Local Marathoner Runs for a Cause and Shares Message of Running Safety

  At the time of this posting, local Yakima runner Joy Alegria is approaching the 24th mile of the New York City Marathon (, running to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes.  Like the other 50,000 runners in this elite national competition, Alegria has trained for months, pounding the Yakima pavement for hours in order to prepare… Read more »

Trick or Treat, Not Trick or Trip: Keeping Trick-or-Treaters Safe This Halloween

With Halloween almost here, you’ll need more than treats and sweets to be prepared for visiting ghouls and ghosts. It’s your responsibility to make your property safe to prevent slip and fall injuries that may occur. Hazardous conditions, like a loose extension cord that might cause a fall, are your responsibility to recognize and correct…. Read more »

Abeyta Nelson Donating Warmth to Local Kids this Season

Abeyta Nelson Injury Law is proud to continue its tradition of community service by sponsoring the 2014 Coats for Kids Drive, running from October 15 through December 31, 2014. Coats for Kids, a public service campaign now celebrating its 29th year in Central Washington, serves a simple yet critical mission to provide warm coats to… Read more »

‘Pillars’ Terry Abeyta and David Abeyta: Building a Bridge Between Generations

At Abeyta Nelson, community service is an integral part of our practice. Our attorneys proudly volunteer their time and participate in nonprofit organizations because we believe it’s our responsibility to give back to the community. Continuing the important work of the United Way of Central Washington, attorneys Terry Abeyta (pictured left in photo) and David… Read more »

Three Things You Should Never Do While Biking (part 4 of 4)

What are the three things you should never do in combination with riding your bicycle? Never ride your bicycle after drinking alcohol – riding after drinking alcohol increases your chances of an accident by 20 times. Distracted biking, caused by texting or talking on your cell phone while cycling is also a very bad idea…. Read more »

The Hidden Dangers of Bike Paths (part 3 of 4)

As the rails to trails program increases in our country, we are seeing more and more bike paths. These provide a much safer location for biking because they are removed from traffic. However, bike paths have their own dangers. Collisions with on-coming cyclists or pedestrians on bike paths can result in serious injuries. First, control… Read more »

David Abeyta Named Outstanding New Member by State Trial Lawyers

Attorney David Abeyta was awarded the “Ready to Soar” award for the outstanding new member at the annual convention of the Washington Association for Justice at its 2014 convention in Stevenson, Washington. This award is made by the statewide association of trial lawyers to a member in practice less than five years who has demonstrated… Read more »

See and Be Seen When Biking on Roadways (part 2 of 4)

The legislature has passed several laws in Washington State regarding cycling on highways. First and foremost, cyclists are subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to automobiles. Cyclists are subject to traffic infractions for failure to comply with rules of the road. (RCW 46.61.750 and .755). Stopping at stop signs and red lights… Read more »

Don’t Leave Home Without It: Bike Helmet Safety (part 1 of 4)

Bicycle riding is increasing substantially in the United States, and provides good recreation and exercise. Also, with rising fuel costs, many people are turning to cycling as a way to commute to work. Cycling, particularly in traffic, carries certain risks. According to NHTSA and DOT statistics, 726 cyclists died in traffic in 2011 and another… Read more »

Abeyta and Nelson named Super Lawyers for 2014

Washington Law & Politics Magazine has named attorneys Terry Abeyta (left) and Rod Nelson (right) as Super Lawyers for 2014. This is the 14th consecutive year Abeyta has been named to the list, and the 13th year in a row for Nelson. Only 5 percent of the more than 30,000 attorneys in the state were… Read more »

Distracted Driving an Increasing Threat on Washington Roadways

Auto manufacturers are increasingly producing safer and safer cars. However, no amount of safety features can guard against distracted drivers. How many of us have driven in the last week and saw someone looking down at their phone while driving? Eating while driving? Applying makeup while driving? Or, unbelievably, shaving while driving? Yes, people do… Read more »

‘Risky Case’ Resolved for Victim of Fall

It was a dark October night when Brooke Creswell, former conductor of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra tripped in an unlit parking lot in front of an Ellensburg Nursing home. Unable to brace his fall, Brooke sustained multiple broken bones in his face. Following surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and 6 weeks of recovery,… Read more »

The Importance of Youth Sports

As a kid growing up in the Yakima Valley, I played youth sports. When I wasn’t at practice, I was with friends playing “dunk” basketball, wiffle baseball, or “touch” football, which really never seemed to work out that way. Sports were what I did for fun, or at least that’s what I thought. Perhaps my… Read more »