Complete Franklin County, WA accident reports and news.

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

In Franklin 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 Franklin 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 Franklin 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 Franklin County personal injury attorney can help.

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Washington State Department of Commerce - Crime Victim Resource Guide - Franklin 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 Franklin Community Action Committee

The Crime Victim Service Center (CVSC) is here to help. CVSC services are available to all community members in Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin Counties in Washington State. CVSC service is available 24 hours a day to assist anyone who has questions or concerns about crime and the confusion that comes along with being a victim of crime. CVSC services are free of charge and confidential. Please contact CVSC at (509) 374-0130 or (888) 9 - VICTIM for information or to access theeir services.

Franklin County District Court

The Franklin County District Court is a Court of Limited Jurisdiction established by State statute. The Court hears criminal, civil, infraction, and miscellaneous cases. Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
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Franklin 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.

Franklin County Office of Public Defense

The Mission of the Benton & Franklin Counties Office of Public Defense is to provide quality, cost-effective, legal representation to indigent and other qualified persons charged with criminal offenses, or otherwise facing incarceration or loss of liberty interest, so as to protect their Constitutional and other legal rights, educate them about the criminal justice system, and champion the interests of justice. 

Franklin County Jail information

 The Corrections Division is managed by a Captain with 1 Lieutenant, 4 Sergeants, 4 Corporals, 23 Corrections Officers, 4 Records clerks, 2 cooks. The current jail opened in 1986 with a capacity of 102 beds. Jail has been modified to 156 beds by double bunking every cell that could be double bunked. They have added a small building onto the jail for work release, which has 38 beds. The daily average population of the jail is 196.  

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