Bellingham Personal Injury Attorneys
When a Bellingham accident causes injuries or death, people need help to protect their rights
After a serious injury accident in Bellingham, 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 Bellingham 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 Bellingham 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 Whatcom 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 Bellingham 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 Bellingham's largest nearby hospital, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital. Major trauma injuries may be referred to the larger regional medical centers:
- Harborview Medical Center;
- Providence Regional Medical Center;
- Swedish Hospital;
- University of Washington Medical Center;
- Overlake Hospital
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 Bellingham 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 Bellingham grief support providers.
The Bellingham court systems help accident victims deal with the civil, criminal, and legal aspects of a crash
The Bellingham Municipal Court typically has authority over minor criminal matters, traffic tickets, and civil lawsuits where a small amount of money is involved. The Whatcom 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 Bellingham 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 Bellingham roadways
In Bellingham, 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:
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.