Colusa Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
With a population of just around 6,000 individuals, Colusa is truly one of the hidden gems of the Sacramento Valley. Situated between the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge and the Sacramento River, the town offers easy access to beautiful natural scenery as well as a relatively short drive to the Sacramento metropolitan area. Residents enjoy a small yet lively community with plenty of large parks and historic buildings.
However, like any city, Colusa also sees its fair share of auto accidents. According to data from UC Berkeley research, the city itself saw 129 traumatic accidents between 2007 and 2018 while Colusa County was the site of nearly 1,400 injury-causing collisions, many of which involved severe or fatal trauma. Although the area does not usually see heavy traffic, and drivers tend to be cautious, it isn’t always possible to avoid a crash and accidents can happen at any time.Representing Residents of Colusa
I’m Ed Smith, a Colusa personal injury lawyer and the founder of AutoAccident.com, Northern California’s leading personal injury and car accident information website. I represent people from Colusa who have sustained serious injuries in accidents.
My firm exclusively handles severe injury cases. However, we represent people who have been injured in many different types of accidents. These include:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Collisions
- Trucking Accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Airplane Accidents
- Pedestrian/Vehicle Collisions
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Boating Accidents
- Fallen Tree Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Bicycle Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Defective or Dangerous Products Injuries
Many people think of me as the “personal” Colusa personal injury attorney. This is because my practice is run holistically and I always try to establish a meaningful relationship with my clients. I’ve suffered serious injuries myself and I know just how stressful and emotionally difficult recovering can be. I find that I can be a more effective attorney if I understand my clients on a personal level. This helps me communicate to insurers and courtrooms just how severely their injuries have affected their lives.
Many lawyers prefer to keep an arm’s length from the clients they represent. While this can work for some, I make it a point to visit with my clients and their families. Most people who have a personal injury claim are in a hard situation and my job is to help them recover both financially and personally.Wrongful Death Cases
Tragically, some accidents cost people their lives. Fatal accidents can be devastating and families are often left with overwhelming grief as well as dire financial problems. During this time, it can be hard to focus and taking legal action often seems out of reach. However, I believe that people deserve to receive compensation from the parties responsible for their loved one’s death. I have compassion for my clients and their families and do everything I can to make sure they are financially secure after suffering such a traumatic event.What Can I Recover?
Accident injuries affect people’s lives in many different ways. For this reason, there are various types of compensation available to people who have suffered injuries. While these losses vary widely and are far-reaching, they can be divided into two main categories. These categories are economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages have a concrete dollar amount. Some common economic damages include:
- Vehicle damage
- Medical bills including hospital stays, surgeries, etc.
- Lost income
- In-home care
- Home modifications
Non-economic damages are more complicated because they do not have an easily definable value such as loss of quality of life and emotional trauma. Insurance companies will sometimes low-ball their offers for these types of damages, undermining the real damage caused by an injury. When this happens, it is critical to have a Colusa car accident attorney who knows how to negotiate an injury case in order to ensure you get the payments you deserve.Why Would I Hire a Lawyer from Sacramento?
While I think Colusa is a wonderful city, my office, and home are both located in Sacramento. It’s likely that you are thinking that it doesn’t make sense to have a lawyer who lives about an hour away when you could hire an attorney in your immediate area. However, there are a few key factors to consider when thinking about hiring an attorney.
Firstly, it is important that your lawyer has the resources to handle your case effectively. Insurers and negligent parties will often put a lot of money into defending themselves and many small-town law firms are simply not large enough to take on a major injury case. Law firms located in major cities have a larger base of clients and are more financially able to handle big cases. Secondly, if you have been seriously injured, you want a lawyer who specializes in severe injury cases. Running my law firm in a metropolitan area means that I can be selective about my clients and I focus solely on serious injury cases. This means I have decades of experience working with people who’ve suffered major injuries.
Often, accident injuries leave people with mobility issues. If this is the case for you, you should still consider giving me a call. I’m glad to arrange a meeting at a location that is easy for you.Choosing The Right Attorney
It’s possible that you think that I’m not the right attorney for your needs. This is totally understandable and it is important to feel comfortable with the person handling your case. Regardless, I would like to offer you some advice about how you can make sure an injury attorney is skilled and experienced enough to take on your claim. Some things to keep in mind are:
- Reputation - Your lawyer should have the respect of their peers and clients. You can see what people think of a lawyer by reading reviews on their online profiles. Check sites like Avvo, Yelp, Google, and LinkedIn.
- History - One of the best ways to see if a lawyer knows what they are doing is to look at their verdicts and settlements. Most lawyers will have these listed on their website. You should also feel free to ask an attorney about this in person. A good lawyer will be happy to tell you about their past success.
- Preparedness - In some cases, a negotiation can’t be reached and a case needs to be taken to court. You should check to see if your lawyer is comfortable with arguing your case in front of a judge or jury. If an attorney doesn’t seem like they are comfortable with the idea, they may settle for less than you deserve during negotiations.
If you want more information about choosing the right lawyer for your case, see this helpful video:Colusa Auto Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Colusa car accident lawyer. If you have been hurt in an accident, reach out and talk with me about your case for free, friendly advice. You can call either (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400 to get in touch.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 12.5.19]