Vancouver , Washington often seems to live in the shadow of Portland, Oregon – located just across the Columbia River – but is, in fact, Washington State’s fourth-largest city, with a population of over 160,000. The city occupies a site identified as promising for settlement by Lewis and Clark, and takes its name from Fort Vancouver, a 19th century fur trading post from which the modern city grew. Though Vancouver shares a name with the much larger Canadian city several hundred miles to the north it is, in fact, the older of the two, having been incorporated nearly three decades before its sister city in British Columbia. For a few months just prior to the Civil War, Vancouver was actually the capital of what was then called the Washington Territory. Vancouver is also a key part of the region served by Kaplan Law LLC from its law office at the KOIN Center, Suite #1111, 222 SW Columbia Street in Portland.
Kaplan Law LLC serves all of Vancouver and the surrounding communities on both sides of the Columbia River. We are experienced in helping auto accident victims, especially those injured by drunk drivers, obtain justice. This is especially important because despite decades of public awareness campaigns drunk driving remain a significant problem in Washington, Oregon and throughout the nation.
In some ways, Washington in general and Vancouver in particular are especially safe places to drive. Data compiled by the Washington State Department of Transportation shows the state to have only 0.87 fatalities per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled (2009 data) compared with a national average of 1.14. Similarly, the city of Vancouver does well by a number of measures with a lower number of fatalites-per-1000 persons (6.68) than any comparably-sized city in the state. Still, the city suffered nine traffic fatalities in 2010. Other notable statistics recorded for Vancouver include:
- 1,803 total collisions
- 1,071 total injuries
- 9 fatalities
As a full-service auto accident and personal injury law practice, Kaplan Law LLC is able to offer clients throughout the Portland-Vancouver are the benefit of many years of expertise and detailed knowledge of the Washington and Oregon court systems. Our multi-state practice is also well-positioned to handle complex litigation involving industrial accidents, explosions and wrongful death claims.
Kaplan Law LLC offers potential clients a free initial consultation during which you and he can go over all of the basic information concerning your case and consider the best ways to proceed. We believe passionately that our court system can be a force for good; his goal is always to help ordinary citizens defend their rights, and to see that victims and their families obtain the justice they deserve even when they find powerful interests arrayed against them.
Kaplan Law LLC is conveniently located in downtown Portland in Suite #1111 at the KOIN Center, 222 SW Columbia Street between SW 2nd and 3rd Avenues. To reach Matthew’s office by car from Vancouver, take Interstate-5 south from Washington into Oregon and take the Morrison Bridge exit into downtown Portland. From the bridge, take the ramp leading to southbound Naito Parkway. Take a right on SW Jefferson Street, go three blocks, then turn left on SW 3rd Avenue then left again onto
onto SW Columbia Street to reach the KOIN Center. Call the law office of Matthew Kaplan at (503) 226-3844 to schedule an appointment.