Mt. Vernon Personal Injury Attorneys

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

After a serious injury accident in Mount Vernon, 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 Mount Vernon 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 Mount Vernon 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 Mount Vernon Fire & Rescue Department provides immediate help for injured victims. Contact them to obtain copies of their records.

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

Often the first post-crash experience for an injured person is being treated at one of Mount Vernon'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 Mount Vernon 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 Mount Vernon.

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

The Mount Vernon 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 Mount Vernon 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 Mount Vernon roadways

In Mount Vernon, 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.

The intensity of the forces involved in car crashes can wreak havoc on the human body. Back and spine injuries are unfortunately very common in Mount Vernon car accidents. Layers of tissue and 33 bones form the backbone, or spine, that runs from skull to pelvis. These bones, or vertebrae, surround and protect the spinal cord, which is the bundle of nerve fibers and associated tissue enclosed within the spine. The spinal cord connects nearly all parts of the body to the brain. Intervertebral discs, which are bands of cartilage between each vertebra, absorb shocks to the backbone.

If you are in a serious car accident in Mount Vernon, you may face the unthinkable: the car catches fire. 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 ignite. There is a high chance that if the vehicle catches fire in a crash, the collision is very serious.

Bone breaks, also known as fractures, are unfortuately a common injury from car accidents. Fractures can be caused when another object, such as a steering wheel or dashboard, or another vehicle comes into contact with a bone with great force and velocity. Car accidents in Mt. Vernon happen in a split second, and can result in these terrible injuries. After an initial trip to the ER, most car accident victims in Mount Vernon will need follow up treatment for their broken bones. Below are a few links to local specialists who assess and/or treat fractures in or near Mt. Vernon:

Mount Vernon car accident victims need to be on the lookout for sometimes easy-to-dismiss symptoms of head, neck and concussion injuries. Sometimes these symptoms do not show up for hours or days after a car crash, and they could be attributed to other things. Memory loss, or ringing in the ears are a few symptoms that could indicate a head injury or concussion. Nausea is another symptom that is surprisingly related to a head injury. It's important to see your family doctor for a check-up after a car accident, especially if you feel "off".

Mount Vernon is a wonderful place to live and visit. Nestled alongside the Skagit River, it is rich with great shops downtown, a newly revitalized riverfront center, and a community hub in their Co-op market. Many tourists come for the flower festivals in the spring, as Mount Vernon's tulip and daffodil fields come alive with color then. A perfect time for a car accident, some might say, as drivers gawk at the flowers instead of drive.

It is illegal to drive your car in Washington State without liability coverage; the minimum is $25,000/$50,000.  You are liable if the collision was YOUR FAULT.  If you have the minimum liability coverage, the person wounded will only receive $25,000 from your insurance policy, no matter how injured they are.  If more than one person is hurt in the same accident, the policy will pay out no more than $50,000 for the total accident.  This includes any passengers in your car.  If you are wealthy or have a lot of resources, insurance companies do offer more than minimum coverage, some in the mi

You are in Mt. Vernon, Washington when the car hits you on your bike.  A Mt. Vernon police officer will come to the scene and an incident report will be written.  It will not be available immediately although there will be an exchange of some information.  However, the complete report will be available several days later.  It will include the RCW code for who was at fault as well as insurance information and driver registration.  Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats will order this if you come for a consultation regarding your auto accident.  To order a Mt.

William was a seat-belted passenger in a truck when a car driven by Defendant Huddle crashed head on into his truck on a Skagit country road, causing it to roll down an embankment.  At first William thought his injuries were minor but it turned out he had a rotator cuff tear and would require surgery in the future.  Although he was faultless as a passenger, this case was filed in Mt. Vernon under Cause No.

After a 3-day trial in Mt. Vernon, a jury came back with a defense verdict (i.e. awarding $zero), even though the defendant had admitted fault for the minor collision.  An arbitrator had previously awarded $28,000 to the plaintiff; however, arbitration is not always binding and either side can challenge the award and request a jury trial.  The plaintiff was rear-ended while stopped at a red light, but the defendant contended that her foot had merely slipped off the brake and her vehicle rolled forward, gently striking plaintiff’s rear bumper.