Steven is in the front seat of his teenage friend’s VW Jetta as it drives down a two-lane Whatcom County road, north of Bellingham. It’s a foggy evening and up ahead a raspberry picker is traveling very slowly in the same direction, partially on the road and partially on the shoulder. The Jetta driver doesn’t see the farm vehicle in time and crashes into it. The collision tears the roof off of the Jetta and ejects Steven from the car. Steven has life threatening injuries and requires weeks in the hospital and weeks more in a rehabilitation facility.
The teenage driver of the Jetta had both marijuana and alcohol in her blood. She also had only minimal auto insurance to pay for Steven’s injuries. Attorney Bill Coats used his experience in auto accident cases to discovere that safety regulations required the berry picker to have a reflector and that photos taken by the state patrol showed that it did not. Auto accident lawyer Bill Coats negotiated of settlement of $825,000 with the insurance companies for both the driver of the Jetta and the Whatcom County farm that owned and operated the berry picker.
If you've been victimized by someone else's poor decision, you're probably thinking about what to do next. Contact Bill for a free consultation regarding your case. Bill Coats Law is conveniently located in downtown Bellingham. For more information on his approach, visit the Practice Areas page on drunk driving accidents.