Arcata Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

Arcata Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

Arcata is a college town that is an exciting home for nature lovers and those who enjoy participating in many outdoor activities where they live. Home to Humboldt State University and the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Arcata is surrounded by the beauties of nature and offers a peaceful way of life but with plenty to do. Route 101 cuts through the middle of town and leads south to San Francisco, about 280 miles away.Dangerous Highways in Arcata

Although serious car accidents are fewer in the town of Arcata itself, Route 101, despite its beauty, is the scene of more frequent serious accidents. Driving along California Route 101 or Highway 299 presents the most danger to residents of Arcata. Driving on Highway 299 with a high incidence of mudslides can be harrowing.

Residents undoubtedly know that Humboldt County has the highest number of fatalities in the state due to accidents. Problems at intersections and the winding roads in the county may be a contributing factor, so staying alert for dangers is a necessary precaution.

A Little Bit About Myself

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, I attended UC Davis, graduating summa cum laude. I attended law school at McGeorge School of Law and began my practice as a trial lawyer in California in 1982. My beliefs are simple and holistic. I believe that knowing your clients is as important as representing them. My television show, “Ask a Lawyer,” appeared on cable for around 10 years. 

I have also written books to help people understand personal injury. The California Motorcycle Accident Handbook and The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook are available from Amazon. You have the option to read them online, free of cost, or can download them onto your Kindle for less than a dollar.

What Constitutes a Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury cases are those where an individual suffers a physical, emotional or psychological injury. An automobile accident caused by another driver may include more than physical injury in some cases. It may include emotional stress as an individual relives the accident over and over again. It may also cause psychological damage.

Personal injury cases cover a broad spectrum of injuries. Following are some of them. You can find a complete list of practice areas on my website.

Secrets to Finding the Right Personal Injury Lawyer

While it might sound difficult to choose the right Arcata car accident lawyer, a few hints can make the process much easier. First of all, choose a lawyer who only practices personal injury law. Since insurance companies have a tendency to make low settlement offers, make sure your attorney has trial experience. Check on an attorney’s settlements and verdicts. Does the attorney win a high number of cases? An attorney who has lectured or written on subjects in his field shows that he or she is knowledgeable. Finally, some cases can cost money up front in areas such as accident reconstruction and expert witnesses. You should get a good idea of whether the lawyer can afford to pay the cost needed to mount a good case from the size of the law firm.

Watch the following video for more on how to choose the right personal injury lawyer.

Arcata Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers

I’m Ed Smith, an Arcata Car Accident Lawyer and Personal Injury Lawyer. An injury caused by another person’s negligence can be devastating to the victim and the victim’s family. Our investigative team examines an accident using every tool needed to show fault to build a strong case, so you don’t have to face those high expenses alone.

While I concentrate on serious accidents, and yours may be more of a minor accident, I am still happy to recommend a local attorney to you in order to serve your needs.

You can reach me at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400. If you prefer, you can contact us online, and we will be happy to help you. I will offer you friendly advice and answer your questions free of charge.

You are welcome to read my client reviews on YelpGoogle and Avvo.

I belong to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. U.S. trial lawyers who have won $1 million or more in settlements and verdicts for clients may belong to this group, and it is a limited membership.

For more information on my previous cases, feel free to visit my Past Verdicts and Settlements page.

On my website,, you can learn more about my law firm and how I can help you as well as read about different categories of accident cases.


Q: Can you suggest reputable mechanics in the Arcata area?

A: Yelp rates mechanics in the area. This business has good Yelp reviews:

Redwood Automotive
513 J St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 822-3770

Chris Richard Automotive
1188 13th St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 822-2010

Q: Where can I rent a car in Arcata?

A: The following rental car agency had positive Yelp reviews:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
350 I Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 826-9090

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 2.8.19]

Client Reviews
"Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!" Alex & Dinah M.
"Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation." Beverly
"Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything." Annie T.
"Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime." Jeremy M.
"I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone." Shannon D.
"Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury." David M.