July 11, 2018 , Personal Injury

Bellingham remembers the wrongful death of this child

Recently, the Bellingham Herald wrote a story revisiting some past murders in Whatcom County. These were special cases because the killers were juveniles at the times of their crimes, and they occurred right here in Whatcom County. One of these terri...
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June 29, 2018 , Personal Injury

Bellingham accident victims want to know: how long will it take for my claim to settle?

Boating accidents, car crashes, bicycle accidents, and getting hit by a car while walking in Bellingham – all of these accidents can cause serious injury. If you’ve been injured and believe someone else is at fault, there are Washington laws that...
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June 14, 2018 , Personal Injury

Bill Coats Law helps Bellingham bike accident victims recover lost wages and pain and suffering damages

Bellingham bike accident victims struggle with lost wages after their accidents. Here's how these costs are calculated by a personal injury lawyer to help victims financially recover from their bike accident.   Lost Wages   You...
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May 31, 2018 , Personal Injury

Meet Kelly Elford

Bill Coats Law is growing! Kelly Elford has recently joined BCL as a paralegal. He has extensive experience in the legal field, including a law degree. As a legal intern, he focused on issues involving Chapter 7 bankruptcy and landlord-tenant dispute...
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April 5, 2018 , Personal Injury

Congestion – and the road rage it brings – is growing on Bellingham and Whatcom County streets

It's only a matter of time before we encounter - or become - an aggressive driver on Bellingham roads. It's obvious who the aggressive drivers are. Honking the horn, speeding, tailgating, weaving dangerously in and out of traffic, blowing through sto...
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March 7, 2018 , Personal Injury

Risk of accidents higher as Bellingham drivers spring forward

According to new research coming out of the University of Colorado that studied the impact of daylight savings over the course of ten years, there may be as much as a 17% increase in traffic incident related deaths the Monday after the spring time ch...
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February 14, 2018 , Personal Injury

Aggressive driving in Bellingham greatly increases risk of severe car crashes

Bellingham has been growing by leaps and bounds, which adds more cars to Whatcom County roads. More cars on the roads means more traffic, and that can mean more headaches. I'm sure every driver has gotten angry at other drivers, but aggressive drivin...
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January 30, 2018 , Personal Injury

Recent Whatcom County rains bring challenging road conditions

The last few days have been rain-filled here in Whatcom County. The forecast calls for more, causing officials to keep a close eye on the Nooksack River as it nears flood levels. Chances are if you're driving, you'll encounter some very wet roads. It...
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January 2, 2018 , Personal Injury

How to jump start a vehicle

The average car these days has 20 or more onboard computers. By crossing wires - connecting a positive cable to a negative terminal, or vice versa - you’re going to cause an electrical short that could instantly fry some of those computers. You may...
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December 19, 2017 , Personal Injury

Dashing through the rain… tips for Bellingham drivers

Many Bellingham residents will hit I-5 for some holiday drives in the next few weeks. This can be a stressful time, so here are some things you can easily do to make the trip safe and festive. 1. Don't drink and drive It may be tempting to beat...
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