Ferndale Personal Injury Attorneys

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

After a serious injury accident in Ferndale, 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale's largest nearby hospital, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital. 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale grief support providers.

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

The Ferndale 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 Ferndale 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 Ferndale roadways

In Ferndale, 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.

A serious Ferndale car accident might cause the unthinkable: the car ignites. Burn injuries from car accidents are devastating and require emergency medical attention and often long term care. Even though cars have become increasingly safe, a serious car accident may cause a fire. Distracted and drunk driving are often factors in these deadly types of car accidents. 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. In the worst cases, occupants of the vehicles die.

For Ferndale car accident victims, the healing from broken bones doesn't stop once the cast comes off. Broken bones are complex to treat and can lead to many complications after the bone is set and mended. Nerve damage, blood vessel problems, and arthritis are unfortunately common side effects from a fracture or broken bone. However, there are many skilled healthcare practitioners in Ferndale and a variety of approaches that can help heal broken bones for a full recovery.

Ferndale is blessed with many beautiful Whatcom County roads - perfect places to ride your road bike during the summer. One day, you are riding along the shoulder when a distracted driver comes up too fast, and too far over. Luckily, they avoid hitting you at the last minute but you had to swerve to avoid riding in their path. Though you wore a helmet, you wrenched your back and hit your head when you rolled. It's very likely to get a concussion in a scenario like this.

Cars are getting safer, but drivers are more dangerous. This is why neck injuries from Ferndale car accidents are on the rise. Even with all the safety features in place, human bodies absorb the shock of a car accident into the soft tissue. One of the most vulnerable places on the human body is the neck. There are a multitidue of bones and soft tissue in the neck that get injured from whiplash in car accidents. Even low speed crashes can cause whiplash and other neck injuries. If you were in a car accident in Ferndale, see your doctor.

It is illegal to drive your car in Washington State without liability coverage; the minimum is $25,000/$50,000.  If the accident was YOUR FAULT, then you are liable.  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 many people are hurt in the same accident, the policy will pay out no more than $50,000 for the total accident.  If you are rich, insurance companies do offer more than minimum coverage, some in the million-dollar range.

You are in Ferndale, Washington when the car crash occurs.  A Ferndale 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 Ferndale Police Report yourself, go to this site:

As you drive to your destination in Ferndale Washington, a distracted driver plows into you.  Happy to be alive, you think you have been lucky.  Then several days later, as your back and neck get increasingly worse, you have X-rays taken.  Nothing broken but the pain continues. Chiropractic care is one modality of treatment for this type of injury.  Insurance companies will often pay for chiropractic treatment at the beginning of the claim.

There is no age discrimination regarding auto accidents but statistically teenagers account for a high percentage of car crashes in the City of Ferndale.  In Washington State for the first year of driving a teenager is not allowed to drive alone between 1am -5am; no passengers under 20 (except for for family members) for the first six months and no more than 3 passengers under age 20 for the second six months. If you are in a motor vehicle accident with a teenager in Ferndale or anywhere in Whatcom County, hopefully they will be covered by their parent's auto insurance.