Atwater Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer


Since the railroad first reached the area known as Atwater, it has grown steadily from a town and was formally incorporated as a city in 1922. Not a place that quickly forgets its roots, Atwater is named after Marshall Atwater, the wheat farmer who permitted his land to be used by the railroad for a train station.

Today, Atwater boasts a population of over twenty-eight thousand people and continues to grow as the city embarks on a revitalization effort to attract more businesses and industries to the area.

We Handle Serious Personal Injury Cases

Our law office handles severe personal injury matters in Atwater. These cases include:

  • Auto accidents. If you have a minor fender bender, we can refer you to other competent personal injury attorneys that serve Atwater. Our office focuses on severe cases, such as multi-vehicle accidents, rollover accidents, or head-on collisions resulting in severe, disabling injuries or death, or accidents involving semi-trucks.
  • Motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle riders are vulnerable to severe injuries if they collide with other vehicles because of the minimal amount of protection they have. When a motorcycle gets into a head-on collision with other cars, the result is often fatal for the motorcyclist. Additionally, motorcycles are less visible to vehicles making left-hand turns. Many motorcycle accidents often result when cars make left-hand turns and collide with a motorcycle going through an intersection. 
  • Truck accidentsWhen large semi-trucks collide with other vehicles, the difference in size often results in serious injuries. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), nine percent of all fatal highway crashes in California involve at least one large semi-truck. 
  • Bicycle Accidents. Like motorcycles, bicyclists are vulnerable to suffering severe, disabling injuries in collisions with other vehicles because of the limited protection they have and because they are less visible to other drivers. These accidents often occur when other vehicles turn at intersections.
  • Pedestrian accidentsMost auto accidents involving pedestrians result in serious injuries or even death, and the liable party is often the driver of the vehicle involved. Pedestrian accidents occur in many ways, such as when cars turn at an intersection, and drivers fail to stop or yield, are speeding, or are distracted. 
  • Dog BiteAlthough some dog bites cause minimal injuries, others may be serious enough to require extensive treatment, including those that result in the transmittal of severe diseases like rabies. In Atwater, the dog owner who bites another person or animal is guilty of an infraction of county law. If the same animal bites another person or animal within 12 months from the initial bite, the owner is guilty of a misdemeanor. These violations can be the basis for holding owners liable for such dog bites.
  • Slip and Fall. Our law firm handles severe slip and fall accidents resulting in disabling or paralyzing injuries and even death.
  • Vehicle Defects. We pursue a product liability case on a client’s behalf if a dangerous defect of how a vehicle was designed or manufactured caused an accident. 
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries. Traumatic brain injuries or TBI can result from trauma to the head, such as after a fall or vehicle accident. These injuries may not always manifest immediately after the event, but in time reveal physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities that people have to live with for the rest of their lives. 
  • Wrongful Death. Atwater's wrongful death cases arise when someone dies because of someone else's negligence. We will pursue wrongful death cases on behalf of the spouse, domestic partner, children, parents, siblings, or others with legitimate legal interests. Plaintiffs in wrongful death cases can recover compensation for medical and hospital bills, funeral expenses, and lost income (including potential future income) from the deceased person.
How to Select an Experienced Atwater Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you hold dear has been involved in a traffic collision and suffered a severe personal injury, you have likely come to our website because you need an experienced Atwater personal injury attorney. Still, you are not totally clear on finding a good one.

The process of finding the right attorney for a case can be a daunting one, and most people resort to internet searches to find representation for a case. In Atwater, potential clients have a lot of options as to attorneys. However, there are certain things that potential clients should keep an eye out for when it comes to hiring an Atwater Car Accident Lawyer.

Client Reviews

One factor is an attorney's peer review rating from sites such as AVVO. AVVO calculates ratings without bias using a mathematical model that uses public sources such as state bar associations and other websites. Some law firms either have no peer-review profiles or fail to list them online, or have poor ratings. One of the top firms for Atwater does list an AVVO profile but only has a 6.5 out of 10 AVVO rating. Our office's AVVO profile has a 10 out of 10 AVVO rating, the highest rating possible. Additionally, we have been peer-reviewed by Martindale-Hubbell, another legal rating site, as Distinguished in 2016, and have high ethical standing.

Another source of information regarding an attorney is social media sites such as YELP that allow customers to provide ratings on various establishments. The other firms do not advertise such reviews on their website. In contrast, our office maintains a YELP profile and has been extensively reviewed. Our office averages five stars out of five on YELP in customer reviews. Unlike other law firms who may shy away from having a significant social media presence because of the possibility of negative reviews and comments, our law office embraces social media and welcomes public comments from clients.

Client Testimonies

Client testimonials are also essential in searching for an attorney, and other Atwater attorneys have listed written testimonials on their sites. Our clients have provided written, audio, and video testimonials that offer detailed descriptions of how the firm helped them with their respective cases and provided compassionate, holistic representation. In addition to reviews received on social media sites, these testimonials can provide a potential client with a comprehensive view of the quality of an attorney's representation.

Taking a Case to Trial

Other Atwater auto accident attorneys may have experience negotiating for settlements in personal injury cases. Still, they may not have experience taking a case to trial and achieving a favorable verdict. Our office has handled numerous cases to trial and is not afraid of confronting insurance companies who make lowball settlement offers by going to court. In fact, our law office lists both jury trial verdicts and settlements on our website, which include multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of clients.

Since beginning our legal practice in the early 1980s, we have represented personal injury clients exclusively. This specialization is essential when choosing an attorney for a case. A high level of specialization means that an attorney knows the law in that particular field, its nuances, as well as the practical realities of litigating that type of case. When it comes to personal injury, specialization provides an attorney with the necessary insight into collecting the rights kinds of evidence and how to deal with insurance companies aggressively.

Expert in Personal Injury Law

Finally, potential clients should choose attorneys considered by other attorneys as an expert in the relevant field of law. This includes attorneys who have written publications, regularly appeared in media, or have led seminars and lectures. Our firm's founder, Ed Smith wrote books on automobile personal injury and motorcycle accident cases and hosted a cable talk show regarding legal issues.

Even if you decide not to select our firm, we've created the video that follows to help guide you through the particulars of how to pick a good personal injury lawyer.

Atwater FAQ:

Do you know the most dangerous intersections in Atwater?

The following intersections in Atwater have the most accidents historically:

  • Applegate Rd and Sycamore Ave
  • Atwater Blvd and Maple
  • Bellevue Rd and Alabama Ave
  • Bellevue Rd and Castle Dr
  • Bellevue Rd and Crest Rd
  • Bellevue Rd and Constitution Dr
  • Bellevue Rd and Shaffer Rd
  • Buhach Rd and East Bellevue Rd
  • East Bellevue Rd and Brownell Ave
  • East Bellevue Rd and Garden Dr
  • East Bellevue Rd and Constitution Dr
  • Fruitland Ave and Soquel Ave
  • Route 99 and Applegate Rd
  • Santa Fe Dr and Buhach Rd
  • Winton Way and Broadway Ave
  • Winton Way and Olive Ave
Personal Injury Lawyer in Atwater, CA

Being seriously injured in a car accident or any other accident can have life-long complications. If you or a loved one has been sustained a personal injury in Atwater, call our experienced injury attorneys at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

Proud members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

See our past verdicts and settlements and our reviews on AvvoYelp, Google.

Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 12.6.21]

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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.