Complete Benton County, WA accident reports and news.

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

In Benton 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 Benton 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 Benton 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 claim. Accident Data Center can help you by connecting you with our network of experienced injury lawyers who can provide you with information about your rights and options. Learn more here about how a Benton County personal injury lawyer can help.

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Washington State Department of Commerce - Crime Victim Resource Guide - Benton 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.  

Benton County District Court

As a court of limited jurisdiction, the District Court is responsible for the following types of matters: Civil litigation matters up to $75,000; Small claims matters up to $5,000; Nuisance violations; False alarm hearings; Vehicle tow and impound hearings; Anti-harassment orders; Domestic violence protection orders; Infractions (traffic, non-traffic and parking); Misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor criminal cases; Felony expedited cases; Felony preliminary hearings; Search warrants; Death inquests.
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Benton County Superior Court

Benton County Superior Court is a general jurisdiction trial court with responsibility for civil matters involving more than $300, unlawful detainers, and injunctions; felony criminal cases; misdemeanor criminal cases not otherwise provided for by law; family law, including dissolutions, child support, adoptions, parentage, and domestic-violence protection matters; probate and guardianship matters; juvenile offender matters; juvenile dependencies, including abused and neglected children, children in need of services, at-risk youth, and truancies; mental illness and involuntary commitment matters.

Benton County Prosecuting Attorney

The main responsibility of the prosecutor is to enforce criminal laws and work for the victims of crime. This includes ordering restitution for the victim, informing the victim of court dates, and acting as an advocate for the victim at trial and sentencing. The prosecuting attorney also acts as legal counsel to the other county departments, operates a risk management program for Benton County, assists in certain child support cases, and performs a number of other duties.

Benton County Jail

The Benton County Jail is located at 7122 W. Okanogan Place (Building B) in Kennewick, Washington.  The jail services all law enforcement agencies in Benton County as well as outside agencies on a contractual basis.  It houses an average daily population of 600 inmates with capacity for over 800 inmates. 

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