Durham Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

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With just over 5,000 residents, Durham is the perfect-sized Northern California community. It's not too big that you get the sprawl and density of other larger population centers. It's also not so small that you feel isolated and have to go somewhere else to find the touches of civilization.

Durham is considered a census-designated place by the State of California and started in 1917 as one of the state's experimental cooperative agricultural colonies. Today, farming and agriculture remain an essential part of the local culture, and the area is a prime spot for growing and cultivating almonds and walnuts.

If you've sustained injuries or have questions regarding your accident, we look forward to the opportunity to discuss your situation further and provide practical legal advice. Please call our Durham personal injury lawyers at (530) 392-9400 for free, friendly advice.

Serving Residents in Durham and Butte County

Our injury attorneys at AutoAccident.com are excited to tell you about all legal services available for Durham residents, especially anyone who may have been in an auto accident, have been injured in other ways, have a loved one injured or killed in an accident, or might need other forms of legal representation.

Our office has experience working with all types of cases, including personal injury, and we're familiar with not only Butte County's local legal system but the rules and regulations of all of the State of California. We've been practicing as injury attorneys since 1982, so we've had the opportunity to help thousands of people get the compensation they deserve.

Why You Need a Durham Personal Injury Lawyer

One of the challenges of the modern legal system is that many people don't think they need the services of an attorney. Perhaps they haven't been in situations yet where retaining a lawyer isn't just a good idea but an absolute requirement  provided they want or need to defend themselves adequately.

It's our experience that some people wait until they have a solid legal need to hire an accident attorney, such as a traffic accident or a significant citation, an industrial accident, or a legal complaint filed against them.

But this is a poor time to start looking for a Durham personal injury lawyer. It's definitely stressful, and you may not be in a good place physically, mentally, or emotionally. Yet, you're trying to make significant decisions on who will be by your side in court and all the procedures and discussions that could lead up to it.

It makes more sense, at least from our point of view, to have a firm or individual Durham car accident lawyer in mind or at least able to discuss your situation and draw up essential documents when conditions aren't so stressful. This gives you, as the client, an excellent opportunity to get to know them a little more and for them to get to know you.

You can ask good questions, learn what kind of help they can provide, and feel comfortable about their representation. Most attorneys also offer introductory meetings at no charge.

Watch the video below for tips on how to choose an experienced Durham personal injury lawyer:

How We Can Help with Your Injury Case

As Durham auto accident attorneys, our team is always ready to assist with any type of situation, such as traffic collisions, including injuries or death.

We know that Highway 99 is considered one of the busier major non-interstate freeways in this part of the state. Residents also sometimes debate whether it's faster or safer to take this road or nearby Highway 70, and the answer seems to be complicated. Highway 70 has higher speeds and generally more traffic, but 99 has more fatalities.

There are also several rural roads around the Durham area, and sometimes they have slow-moving and heavy industrial/agricultural equipment that can be encountered on the roadways. These can increase congestion and the possibility of serious accidents.

Adding to the already heavy traffic in the area is a big bump in population due to the deadly and destructive wildfires in and around the area in 2018. The Greater Chico area underwent significant trauma, including devastation to nearby communities. Many residents want to stay around, but their homes have been destroyed. This means they live in other parts of the area, which creates thousands of more vehicles on roads that weren't designed for them and more collisions.

One report said the population growth rate here in just a few months has been comparable to what it should be over 15 or 20 years. The number of collisions in the area has also jumped by 49 percent in the last year.

Since these fires, the area has also sustained a few smaller fires and even some flooding. Though direct damage from some of these disasters may be considered 'acts of God,' at least from an insurance coverage perspective, legal representation might be needed if auto accidents result from these disasters, especially situations involving severe injuries or death.

Whether or not there will be more disasters in this area moving forward is unknown. Still, much of Butte County is rebuilding, so there is expected to be more construction traffic and demolition-related traffic, from dump trucks to moving trucks.

We Handle Other Types of Serious Injuries

In addition to the traffic dangers in the area, there are other situations where the expertise of a Durham personal injury attorney can come in handy.

  • Falls: A hazardous situation in the street or going into or out of a store or restaurant in Durham could cause someone to slip and fall.
  • Water accidents: Tragedies at pools, parks, or favorite swimming holes can occur quickly.
  • Train accidents: Because the railroad still goes through the area, there's still a chance of collisions and injuries.
Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Durham, CA

If an accident has hurt you or anyone you know, please call our experienced Durham personal injury attorneys at (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400 for free, friendly advice.

See how we've helped our clients obtain fair and full compensation on our past verdicts and settlements page.

Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 1.4.23]

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