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Getting hurt in a motor vehicle accident in the Citrus Heights area can be stressful, to say the least. When dealing with a property damage claim, missing time at work to recover after a collision, and figuring out how to pay medical expenses, the last thing on your mind is taking legal action. However, insurance carriers, including your own, are not always on your side when it comes to offering fair compensation for personal injury damages. 

Why You Need a Lawyer After a Motor Vehicle Collision

Insurance companies are focused on their bottom line and often provide quick low-ball settlement offers to take advantage of an already vulnerable situation. You should never accept the first settlement offer from the insurance carrier until you have spoken with a top-rated Citrus Heights, personal injury lawyer. An attorney who is experienced in handling cases like yours can review the facts and circumstances of your crash and determine the best course of action moving forward.

After a car accident in Citrus Heights, our injury attorneys at AutoAccident.com can deal with difficult insurance companies and recover fair personal injury compensation on your behalf. To get started on your case, call our law firm at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 to speak with one of our lawyers now.

Things to Look for in the Best Attorney

Selecting the best personal injury attorney to handle your case is not always straightforward. There are thousands of lawyers in California, many of whom offer to accept injury claims in Citrus Heights.

A few things you should consider when looking for a lawyer:

  • Select a Citrus Heights auto accident attorney that cares about you, your family, and your needs.
  • Choose a Citrus Heights personal injury lawyer that practices personal injury law exclusively.
  • Make sure the Citrus Heights car accident lawyer has a history of taking cases to trial if necessary.
  • Pick a Citrus Heights personal injury attorney with a proven history of high verdicts and settlements.

For top suggestions on how to choose the best personal injury lawyer in Citrus Heights, CA, to represent you, watch the video below.

Areas Where Car Accidents Happen the Most in Citrus Heights, CA

Car accidents occur in various areas of Citrus Heights, just as they do in any other area of California. Collisions vary from big rig and truck accidents on Interstate 80 to wrecks at busy intersections along Greenback Lane. While motor vehicle accidents can occur at any intersection, our Citrus Heights personal injury lawyers say some accident-prone intersections include Auburn Boulevard, San Juan Avenue, Mariposa Avenue, and Sunrise Boulevard at Greenback Lane.

Types of Personal Injury Cases Handled by a Law Office

The Citrus Heights personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith cover many injuries and assist clients with obtaining financial compensation for everything from bone fractures to wrongful death. We also handle personal injury cases that arise from car crashes, truck collisions, and motorcycle accidents resulting in back trauma, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and more.

Our personal injury law firm also works with people injured on construction sites, bitten by dogs, or who need assistance obtaining workers’ compensation. A full list of our practice areas is available.

Citrus Heights FAQ:

I was accused of running a red light in Citrus Heights solely on the “word” of a red light camera. I never ran a red light and am really frustrated by this. Is it legal to do this? Might I have a good defense?

In the City of Citrus Heights, a traffic ticket for a red light camera violation will cost you $512. In my opinion, the Citrus Heights red light traffic city is scandalous and a blatant attempt to obtain money (taxes) from innocent motorists. The light monitoring stations in Citrus Heights are maintained by a private company that gets most of the revenue generated by the tickets. Only $100 of each ticket goes to the City. An inherent conflict of interest does not serve the public well when a private company has a financial incentive to find one guilty of running a red light. The city benefits, the private company benefits, but often the citizen is left holding the bag.

Recently, the Sacramento County Grand Jury released a report stating that Citrus Heights ignores its own policies in overseeing the ref light camera program. It found the city did not properly test, monitor, or oversee the maintenance and record-keeping in this program. It also scolded the city for failure to adequately monitor the length of Yellow lights. 

My advice is to fight a red light traffic ticket and have it dropped. Besides a $512 fine, your car insurance rates may increase as a result of a red light ticket.

I live in Citrus Heights and had a serious auto accident almost a year ago. I hired a lawyer, but I am unsure if he is handling my personal injury case the right way. My attorney is unresponsive to my questions. Is there a way I can change lawyers to handle my personal injury claim? 

Absolutely. We understand how challenging moving forward with your life after a traffic collision and having the best Citrus Heights personal injury lawyer to handle your car accident case is essential. You are welcome to meet with me anytime at my personal injury law firm for a second opinion on your situation. Should you decide to retain me as your attorney, I will handle your case on a contingency fee basis. This means I only get paid if I obtain full and fair compensation on your behalf. 

I live in Citrus Heights and am wondering how is responsible if I go to Sunrise Mall or Birdcage Mall and am assaulted or shot. Am I out of luck, or is there a way to hold to mall responsible?

Depending on circumstances, the mall owners may have full responsibility, partial responsibility, or no responsibility. Here’s the law on this topic:

Any person or company that must act and fails to do so can be held responsible for an injury. If the mall owners had knowledge of criminal activity or a pattern of criminal activity and yet they did nothing, they may be accountable. Depending on the facts, perhaps they could have installed better lighting, hired or strengthened their security, put up warning signs, or other actions. The focus needs to be on the criminal activity and what might have been done to abate it.

Some of the people who might be responsible are the shopping mall owners, the security company for the mall, and the management company. All the potentially responsible parties need to be identified, and the contracts between them analyzed. These contracts often specify who is responsible for security duties and what specific duties they are responsible for. After the contracts are obtained, depositions of the key players need to be taken and the past criminal activity analyzed by experts to see if there is a viable case.

If you are injured by criminal activity in a shopping mall, and if a jury finds liability, then you will be awarded past medical expenses and wage loss as well as reasonably necessary future medical expenses and future loss of earning capacity. You will also be awarded pain and suffering damages for your injuries' physical pain and emotional trauma.

I was rear-ended by two cars at a high rate of speed near Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights?  I have medical bills of over $30,000 and a wage loss of another $20,000. I don’t know which car caused my damages. Do I still have a case?

Yes, you do. In California, both cars that crashed into you are jointly and severally liable for your past and future medical treatment and expenses, lost wages, for time missed at work. Loss of future earning potential due to permanent injury). In California, these are called economic damages. So if you had $50,000 in past economic damages, both of them are on the hook for that as well as for any future medical or employment losses you will suffer.  This is so even if one of the drivers was only slightly at fault and the other driver was the primary cause of your injury.

For pain and suffering damages (called non-economic damages), each party is only responsible in proportion to their fault. So if your pain and suffering damages are found to be $100,000 by a jury, and one party is 20 percent at fault, that party will only have to pay $20,000 of that sum.

As a practical matter, the above damages may only be collectible up to each defendant's insurance unless you have an uninsured/Underinsured auto policy with higher limits.

Contact a Citrus Heights Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver, contact one of our experienced Citrus Heights personal injury lawyers for free, friendly advice on your potential claim at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling cases like yours.

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

See our past verdicts/settlements and our client reviews on Yelp, Google, Avvo.

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 8.2.21]

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