Coupeville Personal Injury Attorneys

When a Coupeville accident causes injuries or death, people need help to protect their rights

After a serious injury accident in Coupeville, the entire family can be affected, and typical daily life can be disrupted. Injury attorney Bill Coats has vast experience working with injured folks, and he knows what they are facing as they move toward recovery.

Resources that help injured people after a Coupeville accident

When an injury or fatality accident happens, one thing people need is information – information about the accident itself, and information about what to do next.

The Coupeville Police Department will respond to an accident scene when the crash occurs within the city limits, and will create a traffic collision report. Contact the department to find out how to get a copy.

The Island County Sheriff's Department responds when an accident happens in the county.

The Washington State Patrol is the repository for the state's collision records. The agency receives all Vehicle Collision Reports from law enforcement officers at the state, county, city, and town levels, along with civilians that report their own collisions. These reports are written for each vehicle collision resulting in injury or death of any person, or damage to property to $1000 or more. Go here to request a copy of a traffic collision report.

The Coupeville Fire & Rescue Department provides immediate help for injured victims. Contact them to obtain copies of their records.

The region's medical centers produce records that support your injury claim

Often the first post-crash experience for an injured person is being treated at Coupeville's largest nearby hospital, Whidbey General. Major trauma injuries may be referred to the larger regional medical centers:

Once treatment is finished, attorney Bill Coats will obtain copies of all medical records and bills for his clients, so that he can build a full insurance claim and ensure that all bills are paid in full.

Families can get emotional support after losing someone in a fatal Coupeville accident

When a loved one is killed in a motor-vehicle accident, many grieving families work with a grief support organization or therapist, to get help recovering and moving forward in life. Go here to learn more about Coupeville grief support providers.

The Coupeville court systems help accident victims deal with the civil, criminal, and legal aspects of a crash

The Island County District Court typically has authority over minor criminal matters, traffic tickets, and civil lawsuits where a small amount of money is involved. The Island County Superior Court handles felony cases and civil cases involving larger amounts of money.

Drunk-drivers continue to be a major safety issue and cause of Coupeville accidents

Bill Coats Law works with clients every day whose lives have been impacted by the actions of a drunk or drugged driver. We support the efforts of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) as they strive to reduce and prevent these collisions. Here's a link to the MADD site which provides great information on their important work.

Bicyclists and motorcyclists are at higher risk of injury and death on Coupeville roadways

In Coupeville, bicyclists and motorcyclists face a heightened level of danger due to their lack of protection from the impact of a collision. To improve safety for all road users, learn here about Washington bicycle laws and Washington motorcycle laws. Also, these great organizations serve as advocates for improved safety, and for better road conditions:

WashingtonBikes.org;

Northwest Motorcycling Sound Rider;

Northwest Motorcycle Association.

Worried about handling your own insurance claim? Bill Coats Law can help you

Contact us if you are struggling with the aftermath of an accident and need some support and advice. We know what you are dealing with now, and we know what you will need to deal with in the future.

Here is how Bill and his team can help:

  • Managing all communications with other parties and their insurance companies;
  • Collecting medical records and bills, police reports, and other important documents;
  • Interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence and statements;
  • Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf;
  • Communicating with medical providers and collections agencies regarding outstanding bills;
  • Bringing your claim to court if a full settlement is not offered.

Contact Bill Coats Law today to begin your recovery

The legal team at Bill Coats Law will provide you with a no cost, no obligation consultation to answer your questions and evaluate your potential claim. If we believe you have a case, we will offer their services and inform you of the next steps.

Get your questions answered and your case evaluated today by contacting us now.

One of the most common injuries in a car accident is back and spine pain. These bones and soft tissue structures are delicate and complex. They connect nearly all parts of the body and make up the central nervous system. An injury to one of the vertebrae, discs or even the spinal cord can create pain that may affect the ability to work, sit or stand comfortably, sleep, and the overall quality of life.

Serious car accident victims in Coupeville may face the unthinkable: the car ignited, and they were burned. Burn injuries in car accidents can be devastating and require long-term care. They absolutely need immediate emergency medical attention. Behaviors such as speeding, drunk, high or distracted driving, or falling asleep at the wheel can all create conditions where the vehicles may burn. If the driver or passengers are unconscious due to head injury, which is another likely result of a serious crash, he or she may not be able to escape the flames.

Imagine you are driving through an intersection in Coupeville on a green light, and another driver is distracted on approach to the intersection. They drive straight through their red light and T-bone your vehicle. As you try to grip the steering wheel, your arm breaks. Your first stop will be the ER, because fractures are always serious for Coupeville car accident victims. Complications in healing or simply the correct follow up treatment can lead to multiple doctors' appointments, and sometimes you will have an entire team of health care professionals helping you recover.

It's not uncommon to walk away from a car accident with a head or brain injury. Also, the more that health experts learn about concussions, the more apparent it is that Coupeville car accident victims receive them. These can be tricky injuries to diagnose, and often car accident victims won't even know they got one. Adrenaline and the body's natural pain relievers kick in during traumas like vehicle collisions, so it is important to see your doctor immediately after a car crash, even if no pain is present.

Think that pain in your neck after your Coupeville car accident will go away on its own? It might. Or it might not. Many car accident victims feel soreness and pain in their neck vertebrae after a car accident. This isn't because they're making it up. The fact is the back and forth motion of that 16-pound object on the top of the spine stretches and pulls those muscles in ways the neck is simply not built to withstand safely. Indeed, the average weight of a human head is a wopping 16 pounds, and that is a lot of weight to apply the strong forces present in a car accident.

Did you know that it is the law in Washington State to have a minimum of $25,000/$50,000 liability coverage on all of your vehicles?  If the accident is YOUR FAULT in a crash, you are liable.  When you are liable and only have the minimum liability coverage, the person you have injured will only receive up to $25,000 from your insurance policy, no matter how hurt they are.  If more than one person is injured, the policy will only pay out $50,000 for the total accident, including any of your passengers.  This could be catastrophic financially.  Insurance companies do offer more than minimum

When Coupeville Washington police are called to the scene of an auto accident, they will be writing up an incident report.  This will include a description of how the accident happened and whose fault it was.  This is not the information that they give at the scene.  It includes much more.  Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats will order the complete Coupeville Police Report when you make a consultation appointment with him.  To order a Coupeville Police Report directly:

Coupeville WA Accident Report

Driving through Coupeville, Washington on your way to catch the ferry, a van changes lanes without looking and crashes into your vehicle.  Your car is still drivable and you turn down paramedic help.  However, the next day, a headache with various symptoms of neck, shoulder, back pain and stiffness begins.  X-rays show that it is only soft tissue.  Chiropractic treatment is an option for soft tissue injuries.  Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats represents clients with soft tissue injuries caused by vehicle accidents.