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Mt. Vernon – a small town with strong rural roots and a growing business core

Mt. Vernon, founded in 1903, is the largest city in Skagit County, Washington State, and is the county seat. Mt. Vernon’s early industries were logging, mining, and farming. Its location on the Skagit River allowed Mt. Vernon to build a unique economic core that remains vibrant and growing today. While Mt. Vernon and Skagit County are best known for agriculture, they also have significant players in the manufacturing and oil refining industries, with major employers including Janicki Machines, Tesoro Refinery, and Snelson Companies.

Mass transit in Mt. Vernon is limited, resulting in too many cars and accidents on the roads

Even though Mt. Vernon has a significant commuter base, it has a limited mass transit system. Skagit Transit administers the bus system, as well as carpool, vanpool, and park-and-ride programs. Most commuters rely on their own personal vehicles to get to work, and this creates traffic jams and a significant number of accidents daily.

The major roadways in Mt. Vernon take travelers to Canada, to the ocean, and to the mountains

Mt. Vernon is located 75 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and a great deal of Canadian traffic moves down Interstate 5 which bisects Mt. Vernon. This influx of Canadian drivers creates significant traffic, and also is the source of many car accidents. I-5 also is used by a high volume of commercial truck traffic as goods are moved across the state to Canada. State Route 20, also known as the North Cascades Highway, leads from Mt. Vernon across the beautiful Cascade Mountain Range. This proximity to one of the most beautiful mountain roads in the state makes Mt. Vernon the hub of a great deal of summer tourist traffic.

Brett Murphy personal injury attorneys hear every day from people injured in the Mt. Vernon area. Contact us if you need information about your rights and options after being hurt in an accident.

The Brett Murphy attorneys have achieved exceptional results for their clients

  • Dean Brett uses his 40+ years of experience to handle all types of injury claims in Mt. Vernon and across Skagit County.
  • John Murphy's expertise in personal injury and wrongful death claims spans four decades.
  • Bill Coats has 20 years’ legal experience and a background in all types of personal injury law to deliver comprehensive client support.
  • Steve Knapp has been delivering a wide array of legal services to clients for 27 years.
  • Paula McCandlis uses her 18 years of legal expertise and vast courtroom experience to obtain top settlements and verdicts for her personal injury clients.
  • David Brown possesses focused experience in both plaintiff and defense law, enabling him to negotiate effectively with insurance adjusters and secure full claim values.

How Brett Murphy attorneys have helped their clients

Through the 40+ years our lawyers have been in practice, they have handled hundreds of claims for clients, including:

  • $5.5 million for seriously injured victim of drunk driver;
  • $105,000 for a leg injury from a bicycle/truck collision;
  • Almost $450,000 for pedestrian’s multiple fractures;
  • $900,000 for motorcycle accident resulting in multiple broken bones.

If you are dealing with injuries after being in a car, truck, bike, motorcycle, or pedestrian accident, let them help you too. For a free consultation to review your potential case, contact us by calling 1-800-925-1875 or by completing our simple contact form.

Mt. Vernon is a town of single-occupancy drivers – with the high accident rate that follows

Anyone who lives, works, or visits Mt. Vernon will have noticed some of the town’s defining features – the charming downtown business district, and the views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges (on a clear day). Another thing many visitors will notice is the traffic that affects commuters and visitors every day. With limited transit options, single occupancy vehicles are the norm.

Mt. Vernon and Skagit County are also famous for the stunning tulip fields that bloom every spring. The Skagit Tulip Festival is held annually, and tens of thousands of people come to see the flowering fields. The traffic jams are legendary and can virtually halt movement through the town.

I’ve been in an accident – Do I need an attorney?

While many car accidents are fairly minor and involve no injuries or minor ones, many crashes result in significant injuries and damages. If you are wondering if you have a valid claim or if you need an attorney to get the full settlement you deserve, then the Brett Murphy attorneys offer a free initial consultation so that you can ask questions and learn more about your potential claim. Give us a call; we are easy to reach at 1-800-925-1875 or, if you prefer, you can complete our convenient contact form.

What have the Brett Murphy attorneys done for other car crash victims?

$4.2 million for victims of a drunk driver: Attorney John Murphy obtained a multi-million dollar verdict for victims of a devastating crash caused by a drunk driver.
$1,750,000 for head injury from a high speed freeway accident: Our client was a passenger in a high-speed freeway accident. His multiple spine fractures and head injury ended his career as a physician.
$1 million for client severely injured in head-on collision with commercial truck: Brett Murphy attorneys Dean Brett and David Brown tackled a difficult case for a client who was seriously injured in a head-on collision with a commercial truck.
$545,000 settlement for client with multiple fractures: Attorney Bill Coats’ client was driving home when he was struck by another driver who crossed the center line, resulting in numerous arm, leg, and rib fractures.

How can we help you?

When you contact Brett Murphy, we offer a free, no obligation consultation during which we will learn more about your accident, your injuries, and your situation, and we will let you know if we think you have a potential case. We answer your questions, and we discuss your rights and options.

Bicycle accidents in Mt. Vernon – a problem in a city with many cars and few bike lanes

While there are many rural roads in Skagit County where bicycling would be an enjoyable pastime, there are few bike lanes that would make biking safer. Mt. Vernon is not particularly bike friendly, although the city is working to fix that.

Learn about how the Brett Murphy attorneys have helped their bike accident clients:

  • $1,115,000 for serious injuries during teen prank: Attorney Bill Coats successfully negotiated a large settlement for his client, the victim of a teen prank that resulted in serious neck and back injuries.
  • $100,000 for bicycle rider injured in collision with car: Attorney Steve Knapp secured a large settlement for his client who sustained serious injuries when a driver failed to yield and caused a collision that resulted in facial, neck, back, and leg injuries, as well as $3500 in damage to a custom bike.
  • $105,000 for leg injury from bicycle/truck collision: Attorney Bill Coats’ client was a professional bicycle courier riding on the sidewalk when she was struck by a pickup truck.

Contact Brett Murphy today to begin the healing process. You can reach us by calling 1-800-925-1875 or by completing our confidential contact form.

Motorcycling in Mt. Vernon and Skagit County – Great roads and scenic drives

Mt. Vernon’s motorcyclists enjoy the fun of riding in a truly beautiful part of the state. The North Cascades Highway is famous for its stunning scenery, gentle curves – and track record of motorcycle accidents. With easy access to both Mt. Baker and State Route 20 that crosses the Cascade Mountains and provides access to Eastern Washington’s motorcycle-friendly roads, Mt. Vernon is the origination spot for many motorcycle trips.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?

About one-third of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are a result of other motorists turning into the path of the motorcycle. Other injuries and fatalities are caused by unsafe or defective equipment, drivers with very little experience and training, or poorly maintained roads. Motorcyclists make up a high percentage of all serious injuries and fatalities on Mt. Vernon’s highways and roadways. Learn more about common causes of motorcycle accidents at this government site.

Read about what Brett Murphy attorneys have done for motorcycle accident clients:

  • $900,000 for multiple fractures;
  • $752,000 - Largest wrongful death jury verdict for a minor in county history;
  • $250,000 for rider injured in a motorcycle/dog collision;
  • $200,000 - Motorcycle collides with van resulting in broken leg;
  • $100,000 for motorcycle rider hit by car that failed to yield right of way.

Contact Brett Murphy to learn about your rights and options after a motorcycle accident We understand what needs to be done to help you recover and move forward with your life. We oversee all aspects of your claim so that you can concentrate on healing. Call us at 1-800-925-1875 or complete our contact form.

Personal Injury Claims happen in a thousand different ways

Brett Murphy attorneys have been practicing for more than four decades and have helped hundreds of personal injury clients, but we are still surprised sometimes by the variety of ways our clients are injured. Some of the unusual cases we’ve seen include:

  • A case where a teenager died in a collision on a jet ski;
  • A case where a two men died when their truck rolled off a poorly designed highway;
  • A case where a client was injured when a table umbrella at a local restaurant became airborne in the wind;
  • A case where an industrial worker was nearly killed when the lift he was in was knocked over by an inattentive worker.

Brett Murphy’s focus is to secure the funds you need to recover financially from an injury. When we represent you, our legal team works tirelessly to hold the at-fault party responsible and to secure the money to fully compensate you and your family for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

The Mt. Vernon legal community reflects the nature of this unique town

In Mt. Vernon and across Skagit County, the legal community reflects the character of the area itself. Its industries in agriculture and manufacturing ensure that a vibrant and diverse legal industry flourishes in support of the workers and companies in these fields. And of course, the ongoing transportation issues ensure that personal injury attorneys are a necessary part of the legal landscape.

Mt. Vernon’s court system is efficient and easy to access

Mt. Vernon’s court system is administered both by the city and by Skagit County:

  • The Skagit County Superior Court hears Felony Criminal, Civil, Dissolution and Custody, Juvenile Court Proceedings, Paternity Cases/Adoption Matters, Probates, and Mental Commitment Proceedings.
  • Skagit County District Court deals with misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, civil claims to $75,000, small claims to $5,000, and protection orders.
  • Mt. Vernon Municipal Court is responsible for processing citations issued in violation of city ordinances and some state statutes by the Mount Vernon Police Department. The court sets cases for arraignment, hearing, trial, or probation revocation.

Important legal resources are available to Mt. Vernon’s residents

Low income citizens of Mt. Vernon have resources to turn to for free legal services from NW Justice, a legal aid program serving Skagit County residents. Pro-bono attorneys and volunteers provide information, advice, and legal representation.

Local colleges prepare students for law school and beyond

While Mt. Vernon does not have a law school located within its boundaries, the Skagit Valley College prepares students to move on to four year universities, law schools, and other training programs that open careers in the legal field.

The regional law schools:

  • University of Washington School of Law has 63 full-time staff and a student enrollment of 686. Located on the beautiful University of Washington campus, the UW School of Law offers a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, providing top-quality education for the next generation of Seattle’s attorneys.
  • Seattle University School of Law is located on Seattle University’s 48-acre urban campus in the Capitol Hill neighborhood just steps from downtown Seattle. It offers leading academic programs, including the country's top-ranked legal writing program.
  • Gonzaga University School of Law offers a broad-based legal education, grounded in a skill-based curriculum, firmly rooted in the theory and practice of law.

If you have been injured in an accident, contact Brett Murphy today to learn more about your rights and options. You can reach us by calling 1-800-925-1875 or by completing our confidential contact form.

Mt. Vernon’s medical providers are integral to our clients’ recovery

Often the first stop after an accident or injury is the emergency room. Mt. Vernon’s Skagit Valley Hospital offers a complete array of medical and surgical services including emergency services.

For people seriously injured in an accident, a hospital visit is just the first step on the road to recovery. Many common injuries that we see in accidents require long-term therapy and medical support to achieve a final level of healing. Mt. Vernon offers a large number of therapy providers that will be able to assist healing for all types of injuries. For a comprehensive list, please go to the Healthgrades.com site.

The auto insurance policy – not many people know what their policy really contains!

While most drivers purchase an insurance policy per Washington State law, many people have not really read and do not understand their policy. It is only when an accident happens that people question exactly what coverage they have purchased, and how their claim is managed. Learn more about Washington State law as it pertains to insurance coverage at http://www.dmv.org/wa-washington/car-insurance.php.

One of the most common complaints to the State Insurance Commissioner regards differences between what customers thought they were purchasing in an insurance policy, and the actual coverage they receive.

What exactly is an insurance policy?

Your insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance company. The policy details what the company agrees to cover in exchange for the premium amount that you pay.

The contract is divided into two parts:

Declarations page: The declarations page defines the basic agreement and includes name(s) of the policyholder(s), the policy number, the length of time the policy is in effect, a description of the vehicle(s) insured, the type of coverage purchased, the limits of liability and deductibles, the premium for each type of coverage, and the addendums to the policy.

Policy: The policy is the second part of the contract that sets forth any other terms of the agreement including definitions, endorsements, and general conditions.

What are the common types of insurance coverage?

Many different types of auto insurance are available. Some types are required by law, while others are optional. You should check your declarations page to confirm that your policy includes all of the coverage that you need, and communicate immediately with your insurance company if there are any discrepancies.

The main types of coverage include:

  • Liability coverage protects you if you cause an auto accident, and pays to compensate the injured person for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and property damage. To protect your assets, it is a good idea to purchase as much liability coverage as you can afford.
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage pays you and your passengers’ medical expenses and lost wages. PIP coverage applies regardless of who is at fault for the accident. So, even if you caused the accident, PIP will pay your medical expenses and lost wages. Your insurance company must offer you PIP coverage. If you reject PIP coverage, you must do so in writing. It is not advisable to reject PIP coverage without careful consideration of the consequences. PIP coverage is not very expensive and is worth the cost.
  • Underinsured Motorist/Uninsured Motorist (UIM/UM) coverage covers you if you are in an accident caused by someone with no insurance or not enough insurance to cover your damages. It is advisable to carry as much UIM/UM coverage as you can afford.
  • Collision and comprehensive coverage pays for damage to your vehicle if you are in an accident. The coverage applies regardless of which driver is at fault. Comprehensive coverage also pays for damage to your car that is caused by fire, theft, vandalism, weather and contact with an animal.

A comprehensive insurance policy is worth the cost!

The Brett Murphy attorneys work with clients every day who have been injured by uninsured and under-insured motorists. Often, our clients must rely solely upon their own insurance policies to cover their medical bills as they recover, and to obtain a settlement for their injuries, damaged property, and lost wages. Don’t avoid purchasing a good insurance policy in the hopes that you won’t need it. Accidents and injuries happen every day to people who are good drivers and who are not at fault for a crash.

If you have been injured by a negligent party, whether you have insurance or not, contact Mt. Vernon's Brett Murphy attorneys to learn more about your rights and options. Call us at 1-800-925-1875 or complete our convenient contact form.