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Complete Cowlitz County, WA accident reports and news.

Accidents in Cowlitz County are a major cause of property damage, injury, and death each year

In Cowlitz County, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that traffic crashes remain a primary public safety issue. Car, truck, bicycle, pedestrian, and motorcycle accidents are all a common occurrence, despite improvements in vehicle safety features, road design, bicycle and pedestrian corridors, and traffic signs.

When an accident happens in Cowlitz County, it is important to do the following immediately:

  • Remain at the crash scene;
  • Check on the condition of all people involved in the crash;
  • Call the police;
  • Exchange information with other drivers;
  • Get contact information from witnesses;
  • Inform your insurance company;
  • Get appropriate medical treatment, and track the details;
  • Take photos of vehicle damage and injuries;
  • Consider hiring a personal injury attorney.

An injury attorney handles all the details so that you don't have to.

After a Cowlitz County accident, there are many issues that need to be handled immediately. Dealing with doctors, repair shops, car rental companies, police, and insurance companies is overwhelming, especially when someone is seriously injured. At this point, many injured people choose to hire a personal injury attorney whose job it is to handle the details and paperwork so that you can focus on recovery.

Personal injury lawyers offer a no-cost claim evaluation to help you.

Since there is no cost to speak with a lawyer, it is a good idea to learn more about your potential personal injury claim. Accident Data Center can connect you with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can provide you with information about your rights and options. 

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Legal Resources

Washington State Department of Commerce - Crime Victim Resource Guide - Cowlitz County

The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy Resource Guide can help you to locate a non-emergency victim service provider in Washington State. Each service provider offers a variety of services including: crisis intervention, advocacy, support groups, medical and mental health care, transitional housing, and emergency shelter. Additionally, some service providers may focus on domestic violence or sexual assault. You can search the directory using the county map to locate a service provider.  

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid serves low-income residents in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. It provides general legal information and free civil legal services from volunteer attorneys.

Cowlitz County District Court

 Washington State district and municipal courts may consider civil and criminal matters related to misdemeanor criminal cases, traffic, non-traffic, and parking infractions, domestic violence protection orders, civil actions of $75,000 or less, and small claims up to $5,000.
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Cowlitz County Superior Court

 Washington has 39 Superior Courts, one in each of Washington's 39 counties. Superior Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction in Washington. A Superior Court may consider all civil and criminal matters occurring within a county's boundary. The Superior Court also has exclusive jurisdiction over civil matters in which the amount in controversy is more than $75,000, felony cases, estate and probate matters, family law cases (including divorces and child custody hearings), and juvenile proceedings. They act as a court of appeal for cases from the District and Municipal Courts.  

Cowlitz County Public Defender's Office

The Office of Public Defense provides court-appointed lawyers for most indigent criminal defendants in Superior and Juvenile court matters. Their office information is below. They do not take on representation of private clients.

Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney

This office prosecutes all felonies in the County, and misdemeanors that occur outside city limits in the unincorporated area of the County or that are violations of state law but not municipal code, including every type of criminal case.  It represents the interests of the people of the State by ensuring that offenders within the county are charged with crimes that accurately reflect the offending conduct, and further, by taking all steps necessary to ensure that the conduct is appropriately punished. It determines what charge to file, when and where to file it, and how best to proceed with it.  It recommends a punishment if the offender is convicted and also handles all appeals from those convictions.  

Cowlitz County Jail

The Cowlitz County Corrections Department is a criminal justice agency dedicated to providing and managing progressive correction services in an efficient, effective, and a socially responsible manner. Their goal is to provide cost effective services while maintaining safety for the community, staff, and offenders.

Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office - Cowlitz County Public Records Requests

Within five business days of receipt of the request the county will either: (1) provide the record(s); OR (2) acknowledge the request and provide a reasonable time estimate for the response; OR (3) deny the request. The County will charge a fee of $0.15 per copy plus the cost of mailing. Payment may be required before copying or mailing.

Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office

The mission of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is to provide quality service in law enforcement, civil process, and emergency management; bringing a sense of peace, safety, and security to all citizens of Cowlitz County.

Most recent accident reports

Portland, OR
Accident Date: 
Tue, 03/25/2014

A Ridgefield man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in a vehicle collision along Interstate 5 in Castle Rock. Angelina Puris, 63, of Centralia was driving north on the freeway in the left lane near Milepost 49 when she lost control of her Nissan Sentra and swerved to the left.