Berkeley Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a personal injury lawyer in Berkeley California. First, I’d like to thank you for visiting my website and my Berkeley page. Secondly, I want to say upfront that I am pleased to be handling large, personal injury cases in the city and in Alameda County. Berkeley has long been known as a center of education and fairness in California from the 1870s. This belief in knowledge is something I love about the law. Making sure that clients not only receive the compensation they deserve but also demand justice when negligence causes them harm is at the heart of my practice.Berkeley’s Story
Berkeley is a city of spirit and the arts. Its genetic code has at its core diversity and freedom of speech. It is and always has been a city where fairness is prized.
Berkeley lies on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, bordering Oakland and Emeryville to the south. The Berkeley campus was the first to be established in the UC system. Berkeley’s population in 2015 was estimated at 120,971 up from 116,768 in 2013.Accidents in Berkeley
A statistical analysis of the types of accidents commonly seen in Berkeley shows:
In addition, most accidents occur during daylight hours on weekdays.Dangerous Intersection in Berkeley
One intersection that is particularly dangerous is at Gilman Street’s western end. This street runs through an area where eight lanes enter and exit Interstate 80. In addition, the Bay Trail, west of the intersection, is often populated with pedestrians and bicyclists.Handling Cases in Berkeley
Population increases come with downsides such as higher numbers of significant car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents. While I handle many different types of personal injury cases, my emphasis is on large, complex cases. However, no matter how large an incident is, it can cause significant suffering for those involved. If you are unsure about your case, give us a call. We can review the circumstances and direct you to a competent local lawyer if it is not something we handle.Injuries Are Not Always Obvious
While many injuries are clearly seen from the moment the accident happens, others take time to manifest themselves. Treatment may not be successful or may take longer than expected. While going through extended treatment is hard enough, the expense can be overwhelming. If the case is settled before the extent of an injury and the length and success of treatment are known, the settlement amount may fall far short.
That is why I often advise clients to wait to settle on an offer or proceed to court. The sad fact is, once an offer is accepted, the client signs a waiver saying that no further litigation in the case is possible. There are times when you can move forward quickly and times when it is better to have the entire picture in front of you. The key is knowing the difference.The Types of Personal Injury Cases I Take
Personal injury is an umbrella term that encompasses many different types. They are:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Defective products
- Defective medical devices
- Medication error
- Dog bites
The one thing all personal injury cases have in common is that someone was negligent, and someone else was injured. There are basic tenets. First, negligence must be proven. It is not enough to say someone is negligent. It is necessary to prove that negligence happened and resulted in injury, and the injury caused financial loss.
Watch the YouTube video for more on my holistic approach to personal injury law.Television and Books
I want my clients to understand the legal principles I use to win their cases. To do that, I’ve written several books and had a long-standing cable television show called “Ask the Lawyer” that ran for ten years.
My books are available on Amazon. One, the California Motorcycle Accident Handbook will tell you what happens after a motorcycle accident and what needs to be done. It answers questions such as “what happens if I was struck by a hit-and-run driver,” or “how will I support myself and my family if I am unable to work.”
The second book, The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook: Personal Injury Attorney’s Guide to Obtaining a Fair Recovery is also available on Amazon. As the name suggests, this guide talks about what you need to know if you are in an auto accident in California, including “what time limits exist on filing a lawsuit” and “how to recover for past and future earnings loss” among many others.Berkeley, Frequently Asked Questions
Over time, some questions have been repeatedly asked by clients. I’d like to answer a few of them as they pertain to Berkeley:
Q: Could You Recommend a Mechanic in Berkeley If My Car Is Damaged in an Accident?
A: According to Yelp reviews, a few mechanics have excellent ratings. They are:
M & M Garage
1505 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone number (510) 527-8410
Q: Where Can I Find a Good Rental Car Agency in Berkeley?
A: My staff report excellent reviews for the following car rental agency in Berkeley:
I’m Ed Smith, a car accident and personal injury attorney in Berkeley. I know the toll accidents take on our lives. My investigative team and I use every tool at our disposal to examine the accident from the negligence that caused it to the damages that result. You are welcome to call me at (510) 631-0200 (800) 404-5400. I offer a free case evaluation. I will answer your questions and offer free, friendly advice.
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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 10.8.19]