Anacortes Personal Injury Attorneys

When an Anacortes accident causes injuries or death, people need help to protect their rights

After a serious injury accident in Anacortes, 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 an Anacortes 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 Anacortes 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 Skagit 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 Anacortes Fire Department provides immediate help for injured victims. Contact them to obtain copies of their records.

The hospitals around Anacortes give top-quality care after an injury accident

Often the first post-crash experience for an injured person is being treated at one of Anacortes's nearby hospitals which include:

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 Anacortes 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 grief support in Anacortes.

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

The Anacortes Municipal Court typically has authority over minor criminal matters, traffic tickets, and civil lawsuits where a small amount of money is involved. The Skagit 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 Anacortes 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 Anacortes roadways

In Anacortes, 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:;

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.

If you were in a car accident in Anacortes, Washington, you may have a head or brain injury, or a concussion. These are serious injuries that need prompt medical attention. Even if you didn't feel your accident was serious enough to merit a trip to the ER, make sure you call your family doctor for a check-up after a car crash. Car accidents send adrenaline coursing through accident victims, which can mute the pain of their injuries. Sometimes symptoms don't immediately show. Often it's in the days following that headaches, neck pain and stiffness, and/or dizziness occur.

As you drive to your destination in Anacortes, Washington, a distracted driver on his cell phone plows into you.  Happy to be alive, you think you have been lucky.  The following week, as your back and neck pain get increasingly worse, you have X-rays taken. Luckily, nothing is broken but the pain remains. Chiropractors address soft tissue injuries like these.  Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats represents clients who have suffered whiplash and soft tissue injuries caused by car accidents.

It is unlawful to drive your vehicle in Washington State without liability coverage; the minimum is $25,000/$50,000.  If the accident is YOUR FAULT, then you are liable.  Having the minimum liability coverage means your insurance company will only pay the injured person $25,000, no matter how injured they are.  If more than one person is hurt in this accident, the policy will pay out no more than $50,000 total.  If you have assets to protect, insurance companies do offer more than minimum coverage, some in the million-dollar range.  Generally, the more assets you have, the more insurance co

You have been in an automobile accident in Anacortes Washington.  An Anacortes policeman is called to the scene of the crash.  You are given some information but will need an accident report for the complete details of your accident.  Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats often sees clients who only have the minimal information that was exchanged at the scene.  He will order the complete collision report for auto injury claims because it describes the “official” details of the accident as well as the registered owner’s name and insurance company.  To order an Anacortes Police Collision Report

A family of 5 have just gotten off the Ferry from Anacortes, Washington.  As they drive through Anacortes, a pedestrian suddenly appears in a crosswalk.  The vehicle stops for the pedestrian; the car behind does not, rear-ending them.  The car is still driveable and no one appears to be hurt so they continue on their planned vacation.  However, the next day, everyone except the toddler in the car seat is experiencing headaches with various symptoms of neck, shoulder, back pain and stiffness.  An X-ray will show if it is only soft tissue.

Michael stopped his motorcycle to help move a dead deer off the road on Highway 20, near Anacortes.  As Michael got off of his motorcycle, he was struck by a car and thrown into the path of another vehicle.  Michael’s personal injury lawyer was able to get the insurance companies for both vehicles to pay into a settlement.  Michael’s estate recovered $375,000. The case was filed in Skagit County under Cause No. 12-2-01909-9.  Personal injury attorney, Bill Coats, although a partner in the law firm that represented the Plaintiff, had no involvement in this case.

Simulators may help stop distracted driving in Anacortes.

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:


Anacortes and Skagit County are popular areas to bike during the warmer months. The only issue with them is the risk of bike and car accidents and their dangers in Anacortes. There is an ongoing debate about biking safety is, which is safer for children, the bike trailer or the bike seat?

As it begins to heat up here in Anacortes, Washington, more and more people are bringing their bikes out. There are also more cars and distracted drivers out as well, which can mean more car accidents. To protect your children from a bike and car accident in Anacortes, here are a few tips: