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Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties comprise the Pacific Northwest Interior
Across these diverse counties, residents and visitors encounter gorgeous mountain views, extensive waterways, the beautiful Puget Sound, and the vast network of San Juan Islands.
Whatcom County, Washington, on the border with Canada, is an established college town with a growing population
The largest industries in Whatcom County include manufacturing, agriculture, and healthcare. Whatcom County is the location of Western Washington University.
Island County - A unique and beautiful region composed entirely of islands
As of the 2010 census, its population was 78,506. Its county seat is Coupeville, while its largest city is Oak Harbor. Its name reflects the fact that it is composed entirely of islands. It contains two large islands, Whidbey and Camano, and seven smaller islands - Baby, Ben Ure, Deception, Kalamut, Minor, Smith, and Strawberry.
San Juan County - A beautiful maritime archipelago of 743 islands
San Juan County is a county located in the Salish Sea in the far northwestern corner of Washington State. As of the 2010 census, its population was 15,769. Of the hundreds of islands in the county, only 60 islands are inhabited.
Skagit County - Situated between near the majestic Cascade Mountains, the fertile Skagit Valley, and the powerful Skagit River
Skagit County, with a population of 116,901, is situated in the gorgeous Skagit Valley. The county seat and largest city is Mount Vernon. The majestic Cascade Mountains stand to the east, overlooking a fertile valley boasting a variety of agricultural crops. Running through the valley is the powerful Skagit River flowing westward toward the beautiful San Juan Islands.
Snohomish County - Home of the world's largest aerospace-industry manufacturing facility
Snohomish County, with a population of 772,501, is the third-most populous county in Washington. The county seat and largest city is Everett. The county is located between the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Snohomish County begins 12 miles north of Seattle, a little under 100 miles south of Vancouver, and a short ferry ride away from the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula. Snohomish County is home to over 20,000 businesses, ranging from small family farms specializing in organic foods, to the world’s largest advanced manufacturing facility producing state-of art aerospace equipment.
The region's climate can contribute to accidents throughout the Northwest Interior
The climate is generally mild and typical of the Puget Sound region. The year-long average daily high and low temperatures are 59 and 44.1 °F. The western region of the Northwest Interior has a marine oceanic climate that is strongly influenced by the Cascade Range and Olympic Mountains, and gets an average of 42 inches of rain per year.
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When someone is injured in an accident in the region, it is important to gather information about what happens next.
Being injured in a serious accident is always a shocking and scary experience, and dealing with the aftermath is exhausting and stressful. Accident victims are forced to deal with hospitalization, medical treatments, missed work, and lost income, often while trying to manage pain and disability from their injuries. And then the insurance adjusters start circling. Find out more about accidents and what issues an injured person needs to be aware of by going to this link.
What to do after a serious injury accident in Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Skagit, or Snohomish County
When someone has been injured or killed in a motor-vehicle collision, the accident victim and their family members are left with medical bills, lost income, and other costs. It is important to get legal assistance to help the accident victim recover, or when the accident is fatal, to help the family members get fully compensated for their losses. Learn more about how a Pacific Northwest personal injury attorney will help injured victims and families.
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Washington, and other states that have legalized recreational usage show a 3 percent higher collision frequency as seen in insurance claims since 2014. However, the debate still rages on just how dangerous high driving truly is.
Every year, I think back to the case of a teenaged girl whose family came to me after she lost an eye in a fireworks accident. The limits of the insurance policies her family had pursued on their own did not cover the extent of her injuries and their lifelong effects.
"I was just checking the time" and other excuses that do not get you out of a distracted driving ticket
You can be pulled over if a police officer thinks you're using your phone while driving. Here are the laws themselves so you can take a look. Ask yourself, have you ever done those things the laws name? Know anyone else who has?
We all know that it’s not necessary to buy an insurance policy if you’re going to take a walk or ride your bike, thankfully. However, if you’re hit by a car while doing so, does that mean you’re unable to be compensated for your injuries and losses? Fortunately, no, thanks to PIP.
With the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures, more bicyclists and pedestrians are crawling out of hibernation, which means an increase in car/bike/auto interactions.
Sure, sure, you say. Flying baseballs and bats are dangerous. What you really need to ask is, just how fast can a tossed hot dog travel? And can you sue if you're hit by one?
If you're caught using your technological device for more than one finger pressing start on a navigation app, you'll be fined and your insurance will hear about it. This means higher rates just like you'd be hit with for any other moving violation.
The following week, as your back and neck get increasingly worse, you have X-rays taken; nothing broken. Chiropractors address soft tissue injuries like these.