Auto Accidents

Auto Accidents

My name is Ed Smith, and I've been helping auto accident victims secure the medical care and compensation they deserve for over three decades. I'd like to hear about the serious injuries you or a family member has and discuss what can be done about it. So call me at 916.921.6400 or contact me online for a free, no-obligation consultation.

We Represent Many Types of Accidents

My firm not only represents clients who have suffered personal injuries or property damage in automobile accidents but motorcycle, truck and bus accidents as well. My firm also handles other motor vehicle accidents including those involving drunk drivers or hit and run drivers, uninsured or underinsured drivers, as well as accidents occurring from motor vehicle, SUV and semi-tractor trailer collisions and rollovers.

We also represent those injured in car accidents, collisions or crashes resulting from defective products or design in automobiles and trucks, such as defective seat belts, tires or gas tanks.

Types of Injuries in an Accident

Injuries suffered as a result of these types of accidents can be severe and life-altering. You may have suffered whiplash or burns to your head or neck, have nerve damage or spinal cord paralysis, broken or dislocated a bone or limb, or even have lost the use of a limb.

My firm understands that your immediate goals after going through such trauma are to get your medical bills paid and covered, make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury.

When you call, we'll discuss your situation and go over all the options available to you - and with over 37 years as a Sacramento Accident Lawyer, I am very familiar with all that will apply to your situation. I will also work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.

Watch YouTube Video: Car Crash Injury Patient Story. In the following video, Kevin May Jr., who survived a traumatic car accident, explains his account of the crash that nearly killed him.

Auto Accidents FAQ

Q. I was in a car accident in Sacramento, and I’m wondering who pays my medical bills. Do I send them to the at-fault driver?

A. It seems logical that you would send the bills to the at-fault driver’s insurance, but that’s not how it works. The at faults driver will not pay anything until the end of the lawsuit which could be a long time from the date of the accident. Several sources might pay your medical bills. Generally, look first at your auto insurance policy. There is a coverage called medical payments or medpay. Most auto insurance policies have med-pay up to $5000 or $10,000. I always suggest to my clients that they get this rather inexpensive coverage as it can help in an accident.

If you have it on your policy, send your medical bills to your own auto insurance carrier, and they will pay all bills incurred within a certain period after the accident (Usually one to three years) up to the policy limits on your coverage. If you do not have med-pay on your auto policy, look into your health insurance from work. Almost always they will cover all or most of the medical bills arising from an accident. If you do not have separate health insurance, an experienced attorney can help you to find a doctor who can see you on a lien. That means that the doctor will treat you now, but wait until the end of the case before he is paid.

Finally, most people over retirement age have Medicare which may help (although there are many reasons you might not want to bill Medicare). People on very low incomes might be eligible for Medi-Cal, although, again there are many reasons you might not want to use Medi-Cal even if eligible.

People in the military have access to Champus which pays many of their bills.

Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer. I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an auto accident caused by the negligence of someone else, I can help. You can call me anytime for free, friendly advice at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400.

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

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 8.12.19]

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"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.
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