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Elk Grove Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

landscapeElk Grove, located just south of Sacramento was incorporated in July 2000 and is one of the fastest-growing cities in Sacramento County. The population in Elk Grove was estimated at nearly 174,000 in 2018. The Elk Grove Unified School District is one of the city's most significant aspects. As one of Elk Grove's largest employer, the school district covers 320 square miles in the county.

A growing community means more traffic in the area. The city has implemented a Traffic Information website to help with traffic congestion and facilitate traffic safety. 

Statistics on Intersection Accidents in Elk Grove 

In the 10 year period ending December 31, 2017 (the latest stats available), Elk Grove has suffered 4531 collisions including 216 pedestrian collisions, 172 motorcycle crashes, and 350 bicycle accidents. In total, 6800 people were injured during that time period. The most frequent time for accidents is Friday between 12 noon and 9 PM.

The most dangerous intersections in Elk Grove during this 10 year period is as follows: 



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It’s important to note these dangerous intersections because if a serious injury or death occurs nearby, there may be the responsibility on the City of Elk Grove or other government entity for negligent design or failure to properly control such intersection.

We Only Handle Serious Injuries
Our office specializes in vehicle accidents whether they be rear-enders, broadside accidents, or head-on collisions but we also advocate for those who have been injured in:
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Dog bite incidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip and Fall accidents
  • Wrongful death cases
We are the "Personal" Personal Injury Law Firm

We call ourselves the "Personal" Personal Injury Lawyers because we take pride in connecting with our clients throughout their case, no matter how long it takes to resolve. We believe that a holistic approach to personal injury law is the best way to help you and your family find positives in a stressful time.

Typically, we meet with family members and friends throughout your case. If the injury is a serious one and goes to trial, it's important to have people that know you well explain to a jury how you have changed after a serious injury.

Why You Need an Experienced Elk Grove Personal Injury Lawyer

When you or a loved one has been injured in an accident as a result of someone else's fault, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses such as medical bills, loss of income, property damage and pain and suffering. Insurance companies typically avoid paying the fair value of injury claims. An experienced Elk Grove personal injury attorney can be invaluable in making sure you get the full compensation you deserve.

At, our lawyers are committed to getting the best result possible for our clients. We are not afraid to go into the courtroom to fight for justice for every client we serve. We constantly litigate against insurance companies and have won millions of dollars for our clients.

How to Find the Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Elk Grove

Here is an article I wrote suggesting a plan of action in selecting the best personal injury lawyer. Whether you are comfortable with my office or feel another attorney would better serve you, the questions in that article will help you make a decision.

Below is a video to help guide you in choosing an excellent personal injury attorney.

Elk Grove Injury FAQ

Where can you get the police report? 

If the Elk Grove Sheriff did the police report you could get a copy below. If the CHP did the report, most often you can get a copy at:

6 Massie Ct.
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 681-2300

My body is hurting. Where can I find a good chiropractor in Elk Grove?

The following two chiropractors have very high ratings and satisfied clients on Yelp:

Is there an urgent care center? Where can I get emergency care?

Yes. This center is spoken of very highly: MDSTAT Urgent Care.

Where’s a reputable body shop in Elk Grove?

By all accounts, these body shops do an excellent job. 

What are some of the more dangerous intersections in Elk Grove?

Laguna Blvd and Bruceville Road are very dangerous. There were four bicycle accidents at that intersection in just the past year. It also ranked fifth for the number of accidents between cars. Elk Grove Boulevard at Auto Center Drive is also a very dangerous intersection. Vineyard Road, SR 99, Bond Road and Kammerer Road also have more than their fair share according to data from our past cases.

My daughter was a pedestrian struck by a hit and run driver. We have not been able to identify the driver of the car that hit her, is she just out of luck?

Not necessarily. There may be witnesses of the accident that a thorough investigation would reveal. Additionally, if she lived in your home, she is likely covered By your auto insurance policy. Most policies have uninsured motorist coverage that will pay in this situation. Feel free to call me for friendly advice.

There’s a dispute over which car ran the red light. Where are traffic cameras located in Elk Grove?

Elk Grove Traffic Cameras on WeatherBug.

How can I find out information on recent accidents in Elk Grove?

Latest Accident reports on Navbug.

Is there a website that reports fatal Elk Grove Accidents?

Yes, this website has info on fatal accidents in Elk Grove:

I was riding a bicycle when injured in Elk Grove. Where can I find information on bicycle accidents?

You can find stats on dangerous bicycle accidents at Patch Stats.

Were there many serious accidents in Elk Grove?

Yes, there were many serious accidents in Elk Grove. Below are a few videos about some severe accidents in 2018 and 2019:

I live in Elk Grove, and a traffic light near where I live does not work properly. Who do I contact to have it looked at?

In Elk Grove, if there are any problems with traffic lights, you can report the problem to Traffic Maintenance at (916) 687-3005.

A friend of mine was recently seriously injured in Elk Grove by a deliberate machete attack. Can they recover from the wrongdoer?

The answer is complicated. Usually, insurance does not cover intentional injuries. If the person wielding the machete intended to attack and injure your friend, the insurance company will deny coverage. Nonetheless, there are some times when they may be made to pay. Perhaps the person using the machete intended merely to scare your friend and accidentally struck him. In that circumstance, there might possibly be insurance coverage for the injury. Also, even though there may be no insurance, your friend will be able to bring a lawsuit against and will undoubtedly get a judgment against the person injuring him or her. If that person has assets, the injured party can recover from those assets. If the injury was the result of an Elk Grove crime, your friend could file a claim with the California Victim’s Compensation Board.

I was in an accident in Elk Grove and am confused about which insurance should pay my bills. Should the other party’s insurance pay, my own auto insurance or my health insurance through my work?

Good question. First, the wrongdoer’s insurance will not advance fees to pay your medical bills. They will only pay you a lump sum when your case is over. Typically, it’s best to use your own Auto Medpay for a few reasons. First, there is more flexibility in getting the care you need if you use Medpay. You can go to any licensed MD, chiropractor or physical therapy and the insurer should pay the bills. Also, the Medpay may not have a reimbursement provision. Typically, your health insurer will only pay if you see certain doctors on their plan and then they will almost always want their money back for the medical care they provide at the end of the case. The auto med-pay is more liberal. You can see virtually any medical provider you choose and many insurers do not require to repay them at the end of the case. To be certain of the best insurance to use for medical care, bring copies of your med-pay insurance and health insurance to be reviewed by your attorney. An experienced attorney will guide you correctly as to which insurance you should be using.

Whenever I drive on Laguna Blvd., the lights change so quickly only a few cars can pass at a time. If there is a traffic accident because of this, can the City of Elk Grove be responsible in whole or in part?

That’s a great question. I heard from many potential clients about problems with the traffic signals on Laguna. The flow of traffic is often backed up on Laguna as well as on Elk Grove Boulevard. It appears that City Hall changed the timing on the lights around May of 2015 and ever since then there have been problems. You can call Elk Grove Operations and Maintenance to complain at 916-687-3005. To return to the question. If the City of Elk Grove failed to set the timing of these lights properly or failed to maintain the lights so that traffic flowed properly, and if that failure caused an accident then the City of Elk Grove would have partial or total liability. Some codes and regulations govern how traffic signals should be timed and maintained. An experienced Elk Grove personal Injury lawyer would hire a traffic engineer to see if the signals were set properly and if the settings were improper if that contributed to an accident. Please be aware, however, that if there’s an accident or injury caused by the City of Elk Grove’s failure to correctly time or maintain traffic lights, someone injured by this must file a claim with the proper government agency (the City of Elk Grove or Caltrans or possibly other government agencies) within 180 days of the accident date.

Elk Grove Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove personal injury attorney. If you have been seriously injured in an accident in Elk Grove, please call me anytime for free, friendly advice at 916-694-0002 or 800-404-5400.

We have been helping clients throughout northern California with their personal injury claims since 1982.

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

See our past verdicts and settlements and our reviews on AvvoYelp, Google.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 5.18.20]

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