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After The Crash: How Auto Accident Attorney Bill Coats Protects Your Rights
Everyone at Bill Coats Law understands the challenges that can arise after a serious car accident. We have seen the injuries and damage that can result from a collision and understand the difficulties some victims face in trying to recover full and fair compensation from the insurance companies.
There are very specific rules and regulations in Washington State that can complicate an insurance claim and the ability to recover additional compensation for things like disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. In cases of severe injury or death, to have the best chance at receiving full and fair compensation for your losses, it is best to contact a local attorney who has knowledge and experience in laws regarding auto accident claims. We are located in Bellingham and serve clients throughout northwest Washington.
Attorneys Bill Coats and Tiffany Bailey focus on automobile accident cases and will help ensure that your rights are protected.
If you’ve been in a car accident and are unsure of your next step, please call to set up a meeting with Bill to discuss your case. There is never any charge to discuss your case. We will review your claim, answer your questions, and determine if we can help.
Call to discuss your case: (360) 392-2833.
We hear daily from people who have been injured in car accidents in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County, including Ferndale, Blaine and Lynden. Sometimes the accidents and injuries are minor, but often, someone is seriously hurt or killed in a crash. It is a terrifying experience to go through, and afterwards, many crucial decisions need to be made to ensure the physical and financial recovery of the victims. Because of this, attorney Bill Coats focuses his legal practice on auto accidents in Bellingham and Whatcom County where he can help people negotiate the difficult road to recovery.
Contact Bill to discuss your car accident case at 360-392-2833.
Bill Coats' track record of full, fast, and fair auto accident settlements speaks for itself
Bellingham auto accident attorney Bill Coats has spent 20 years working with injured clients to ensure they get the medical treatment they need to recover, to get their medical bills paid, and to deal with auto insurance companies and adjusters to get the optimal settlement. His goal is to obtain the funds needed so clients can recover from their financial losses and move forward with their lives. He’s helped clients dealing with a wide variety of auto accidents, including:
Here’s what Bill has learned in 20+ years of handling auto accidents:
When you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in a car accident, there is a flurry of immediate decisions that need to be made to help the person medically and financially. Bill hears many questions and concerns from accident victims as they struggle to deal with what has happened. For example:
Bill has the answers to these questions. Give him a call now to begin recovering from a car accident.
Some folks have received fairly minor injuries and call with questions about how to deal with property damage, and how to work with insurance adjusters to resolve their own claims. While in some cases it is possible to handle your own claim, for example when there are no injuries, very minor injuries, or minor vehicle damage, it is advisable to have a personal injury attorney review the situation first.
Bill Coats Law focuses upon personal injury and wrongful death law in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County, and our experience has allowed us to help hundreds of clients like you. Contact us today to learn the path to recovery, at 360-392-2833.
Many auto accidents involve alcohol or drugs. If you or someone you love was involved in a drunk or drugged driving accident, click here to learn more.
With the prevalence of electronic devices, distracted driving and the accidents it causes is on the rise. If your accident involved these factors that contribute to distracted driving, consult with an attorney experienced with handling them.
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Snow is coming. Unfortunately, the rate of accidents due to this will probably increase. So who is at fault when an accident happens due to weather? Bellingham Washington Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats explains: To have a valid personal injury claim from a car accident, there’s got to be evidence of negligence. Negligence means the failure to take proper care in doing something. Every time drivers get out on the roads, there’s an agreement that we will all do what we can possibly do in maintaining safety for all concerned.
There is no shortage of Acronyms for most professional services. Insurance coverage is no exception. Here is a quick cheat sheet:
BI- Bodily Injury
PD- Property Damage
PIP – Personal Injury Protection
UIM/UM - Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage
ACV – Actual Cash Value
COMP- Comprehensive coverage
COLL – Collision
Washington State has a rule that says if you decline Personal Injury Protection (PIP) you must sign a waiver stating this. If you are hurt in a car accident, Bellingham Washington Attorney Bill Coats advises to always ask for a copy of the waiver if your insurance company says you do not have PIP coverage. If you have not signed one, you will be entitled to PIP coverage. This is just one tip regarding the ins and outs of insurance coverage. Call Bellingham Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats at 360-392-2833 if you need more information regarding this issue.
One Christmas, an inebriated uncle of mine said he didn’t like driving during the holiday season because that’s when the amateur drinkers were on the road. He was under the impression that professional drunks were better drivers. Tragically, Bellingham Personal Injury Attorney Bill has represented victims from both categories, if there really is one. Aside from not driving if you are drinking, a gift you could give to yourself or others is a breathalyzer. This would tell you if you should be driving or whether you should call a cab or friend.
It wasn’t until my daughter was learning to drive that I realized how much “muscle” memory is involved. Changing lanes, for instance, requires many actions that experienced drivers do without even realizing it. Let’s say that you are traveling down Holly Street in Bellingham Washington and will be turning left onto State Street. Not only do you put your signal light on, check your mirror and glance quickly over your shoulder, you simultaneously scan the flow of traffic ahead of you. This is done before you have even changed lanes and within a second, the whole situation can change: a pa
On November 19, 2016, Costco will be moving from its Meridian location to Bakerview in Bellingham Washington. What will this mean to traffic patterns? Can you say “CONGESTION?” Bellingham IS planning on short and long term improvements to help with the east-west traffic that Costco’s new location will cause. Also, Costco will be building a new entrance from West Bakerview Road named Arctic Avenue, which will connect with Mahogany Avenue. Mahogany Avenue, when completed, will connect the Pacific Highway and Northwest Avenue. West Horton Road and Kline Road will also be extended. Belli
On July 1, 2016 gas taxes were increased by 4.9 cents pushing the state tax to 49.4 cents a gallon. This was the final installment passed by Governor Inslee and the state legislators. This money will be used for state and local projects including bike paths and pedestrian walkways. When we pump our gas, the tax is already figured in since the fuel tax was already paid for by gas wholesalers. This is sometimes called “tax at the rack.” (Everett Washington Herald) To name a few of the W
Crash! You are hurt in an auto accident. It is not your fault. Why the heck does YOUR insurance have to pay for medical costs under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) when it wasn’t your fault? Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats is often asked this question by his clients. The simple explanation is that the at-fault driver is innocent until proven guilty; even if the police report says it was the other person’s fault. And the at-fault insurance will usually only pay the medical bills at the time of settlement. That means that you are responsible to pay your medical bills in the m
Dark days are coming. In support of the National Car Care Month, the Whatcom County Unit of Automotive Service Association (ASA) will conduct FREE inspections of your car lights on October 1, 2016 at Bellingham High School parking lot from 9 am to 1 pm. They will replace faulty standard exterior bulbs for no charge and install LED & HID bulbs if provided. Local technicians and students from Bellingham Technical College will provide this service. If you have a headlight out and are in an accident, you may be liable or partly at-fault because of this. Personal injury attorney Bill Co