March 14, 2017 , Bicycle Injuries , Insurance Topics , Pedestrian Injury

PIP PIP Hooray! Pedestrians and bicyclists are covered by car insurance policies

Now that spring has finally arrived, pedestrians and bicyclists start coming out of winter's hibernation. Since we all share the roads together, this brings autos into close range of Hammies who aren't surrounded by a cozy plastic and metal cage. ...
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March 3, 2017 , Pedestrian Injury

Do you walk while distracted? Of course not…

One of the benefits of living in Bellingham is that it's so walkable, and there are many paths around town that keep pedestrians away from vehicular traffic. We have Western Washington University, and many students who rely on their feet to get ...
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December 8, 2016 , Pedestrian Injury


I know you have been waiting breathlessly for the first installment of the Pedestrian Master Plan which is safety.  “Improve pedestrian safety through well-designed facilities along and across roadways, and by promoting safe driving, walking, and ...
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December 1, 2016 , Pedestrian Injury

Did You Know Bellingham Washington Has a 2012 Pedestrian Master Plan?

As with any plan, an important start is to agree on the vision.  In 2012, a steering committee with input from various local and state agencies, along with public input stated: “The residents of Bellingham envision a community that invites peo...
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October 25, 2016 , Pedestrian Injury

Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats Advises Pedestrians to be Defensive

I am a good driver.  I stop for pedestrians.  I will hold my hand out to alert the driver coming up on my left that there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk.  However, the other day I had stopped for the red light coming out of Fred Meye...
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September 23, 2016 , Insurance Topics , Pedestrian Injury

Pedestrian Hit by Car Recovers Insurance Money with Help of Attorney

Ryan C. came upon the scene of an auto accident near Ferndale and got out of his car to help.  He was removing debris from the road when he was struck by the defendant’s vehicle.  Ryan broke his leg and had almost $15,000 in medical bills...
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July 6, 2016 , Pedestrian Injury

How to handle pedestrians and bikers in Bellingham

What’s the best way to survive any type of accident in Bellingham? Don’t get in one! You’re the only one who has the most control over what happens behind the wheel. The best way to survive an accident is not to get into one. Start by accepting...
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August 3, 2015 , Pedestrian Injury

Pedestrian vs. Driver – who’s at fault?

It’s unavoidable that motor vehicles and those on foot have to share the same roads sometimes. Almost every time that a collision occurs between them, the pedestrian receives far more damage – and sometimes dies – while the driver is unhurt. Ho...
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