Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys

Despite public awareness efforts, drunk driving accidents continue to injure and kill people across the Puget Sound region

Personal injury attorney Bill Coats has vast experience helping clients who have been injured in all kinds of motor-vehicle accidents. By far the most upsetting are the ones caused by a drunk driver, since they are completely avoidable and often very severe.

Drunk driving crashes are one of the most common kinds of motor-vehicle accidents in Puget Sound

With our extensive experience helping injured people after drunk driving accidents, we can help people understand what they will be dealing with throughout both the criminal and civil legal process. We know how to build a compelling claim that will be accepted by the insurance company. We know how to effectively negotiate to obtain the highest possible settlement or verdict for our clients.

How does attorney Bill Coats build successful drunk driving accident claims?

When someone is injured in a crash caused by a drunk or drugged driver, Bill communicates with physicians, specialists, and employers, to evaluate the extent and severity of injuries and other damages, to determine how the injuries will affect life now and in the future, to prove lost income, and to demonstrate how the accident has affected the ability to work.

Many injuries require expensive, long-term medical care, and Bill documents expected future medical costs to ensure they are fully factored into the insurance-claim process. A successful claim is one in which an injured person receives a settlement that enables them to fully recover financially, and compensates them for all current and future losses, as well as their pain and suffering.

Can a bar, restaurant, night club, or tavern be held accountable financially for over-serving a drunk driver? Yes.

Bars and taverns have a responsibility to serve alcohol safely, in accordance with state law. They can be held liable if their over-service results in an injury or fatality drunk driving collision.

Can the probation department be held accountable when a parolee injures or kills someone in a drunk or drugged driving crash? Yes.

If a parolee, under supervision of a parole officer, is not properly supervised and causes a drunk driving accident, the parole department can be held liable.

Can a law enforcement agency be held accountable for not detaining a drunk driver who then injures or kills someone? Yes!

It is crucial to launch a drunk-driving accident claim immediately after an injury collision. One cornerstone of a strong drunk driving accident claim is the statement of witnesses to the drunk driver's behavior before and after the collision. But witnesses can be difficult to locate and their memories about events can become hazy over time. Immediate action is needed to obtain the information needed to build a solid insurance claim.

Bill Coats Law offers a no-fee guarantee - There is no fee unless we win

Bill Coats handles all of his personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay nothing up front, and you pay no fees if your claim is unsuccessful. You only pay if we deliver a successful claim.

Bill helps injured people across Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, and Island Counties:

Everett Lynnwood Marysville
Mill Creek Snohomish Anacortes
Mt Vernon Oak Harbor Bellingham
Blaine Ferndale Lynden
Stanwood Burlington Snohomish

Bill Coats knows that he cannot take away the pain and damages caused by a drunk driving accident, but he can help secure the financial future for an injured person and their family.

To learn more about how we can help you, simply submit the free evaluation form on this page, and Bill and his staff will review the details of your case, free of charge, with no obligation. If we can help you, we will.

BUYER BEWARE!!  You may not want to interview more than one attorney but take the time to do so.

You may not want to take the time to interview more than one attorney but beware.  There are good personal injury attorneys who work hard for their clients and others that put the minimal effort into settling claims.  How do you know?  Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats, who does work hard for his Everett WA clients, suggests interviewing several personal injury attorneys before you sign up with a specific one, including him!  The consultations are free.  Even AFTER you sign up with a personal injury attorney, you may be dissatisfied for one reason or another.

One of the best ways to avoid a drunk driving accident in Oak Harbor is to drive sober. But, sometimes it is not up us, but the other drivers on the road as well. As some people disobey the law and risk their life and others, there are still some tips to stay safe with drunk drivers out on the road.

The best thing to do is always be on the lookout for a drunk driver. While some may be harder to spot then others, here are some tips to spot a drunk driver in Oak Harbor:

Through the use of Virtual Reality, or VR, Diageo’s Digital and Technology team is taking consumers on a drunk driving journey to show the dangers of what driving drunk is really like. It goes through the whole process, from the beginning to the end to reveal the tragic and even fatal consequences that come along with drinking and driving.  Diageo is a beverage alcohol company and want to teach people to drink responsibly.

Ignition devices are helping to prevent drunk driving and drunk driving car accidents across the nation and in Skagit County, Washington. In-car breathalyzers are acting as ignition interlocks, which have led to a 15 percent decline in drunk driving deaths in 18 states that have required someone with a past DUI charge to use.  This has saved about 915 lives from a drunk driving car accident from 2007 to 2013, which is compared to the mandatory airbag law.

Today many people are using Uber as their designated driver to prevent drunk driving car accidents. Now that Uber is available in places like Lynwood in Snohomish County, it is helpful to prevent car accidents in Skagit County.  80% of Uber riders have noted that the service has helped them prevent drinking and driving. In Atlanta, research has shown that since Uber came onto the scene, DUI charges had a 32% decline over a five-year span since the company started in their region.  

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A recent court ruling has made a new decision in drinking and driving cases and even scenarios. If under suspicion of drinking and driving, the Supreme Court decided under the State v. Mecham case, that prosecutors in DUI trials may “admit evidence that a defendant is guilty” just by declining a sobriety test when pulled over. This is seen as evidence of consciousness of guilt.

How alcohol works on the brain

Many of these items are usually forgotten about, until the time comes when they are absolutely necessary. While most of you will probably arrive safely to your destination in Skagit County, it is better to be safe than sorry and store some of these items in your car. You never know when a car accident may occur or when your car breaks down.

Drunk driving has remained a prevalent issue in today’s society even though many people know the dangers of drinking and driving. Whether they do not care or think they will be able to get away with it, drinking and driving will lead to car accidents in Washington state.  To help combat the issue of drinking and driving in Seattle and across Washington, here are some statistics about drinking and driving and car wrecks.