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Elk Grove, located just south of Sacramento, was incorporated in July 2000 and is one of the fastest-growing cities in Sacramento County. The population of Elk Grove, CA was estimated at nearly 171,000 in 2019. The Elk Grove Unified School District is one of the city's most significant aspects. As one of Elk Grove's largest employers, the school district covers 320 square miles in the county. A growing community means more traffic in the area. 

If you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, contact our law firm today. One of our Elk Grove personal injury attorneys can discuss your case and what legal options you may have for recovery when you call us for free, friendly advice at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400. 

When you work with our personal injury law firm, our attorneys can gather compelling evidence to prove your case. We can help you by building a strong case for fair compensation, communicating with insurance companies on your behalf, and retaining expert witnesses, if necessary. This way, you can focus on recovering and getting your life back on track after a traffic collision. Contact our personal injury lawyers in Elk Grove today to discuss your potential case in a free consultation.Motor Vehicle Collisions in Elk Grove, CA

In 2018, there were 783 total injury and fatal crashes in the city of Elk Grove, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). Of these crashes:

  • 193 speed-related wrecks
  • 64 hit and run accidents
  • 54 crashes involving alcohol
  • 49 accidents involving cyclists
  • 32 collisions involving pedestrians
  • 17 wrecks involving motorcycle riders
Most Dangerous Intersections in the City of Elk Grove 

The most dangerous intersections in the Elk Grove area are as follows: 

  • Bond Road and Elk Grove Florin Road
  • Calvine Road and Elk Grove Florin Road
  • Elk Crest Drive and Bond Road
  • Elk Grove Boulevard and Emerald Oak Drive
  • Elk Grove Florin Road and Elk Grove Boulevard
  • Elk Grove Florin Road and Sheldon Road
  • Emerald Vista Drive and Stockton Boulevard
  • Private Road and Calvine Road
  • Sheldon Road and Stockton Boulevard
  • Stockton Boulevard and Bond Road

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

Types of Cases Handled by Our Accident Attorneys

Our experienced Elk Grove personal injury lawyers handle motor vehicle accident cases such as rear-end collisions, broadside accidents, or head-on collisions. Our legal team also handles other types of personal injury cases, such as:

Our Philosophy as a 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 to get a better understanding of how the accident has impacted your life and your loved ones. If there is a catastrophic injury involved and the personal injury case it taken to trial, it is essential to have an experienced Elk Grove car accident lawyer who can explain to a jury how your life has changed after a serious injury.

Why You Need an Attorney for Your Personal Injury Case

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. Auto insurance companies typically avoid paying the fair value of bodily injury claims. Here is what you can expect when you trust our law firm to handle your personal injury claim. We will advocate on your behalf by:

  • Protecting your best interests from difficult insurance companies and their defense tactics
  • Conducting independent investigations into the sequence of events leading up to the accident to pinpoint the cause
  • Identifying all potentially negligent individuals and entities
  • Consulting with expert witnesses to determine the value of your personal injury case
  • Taking your case to trial in civil court, if necessary
Our goal is to hold negligent parties and their insurance companies financially accountable for the harm they have caused to others. We will handle insurance negotiations with the information and evidence necessary to obtain a fair personal injury settlement. You deserve fair compensation for your losses and our legal team is here to help you recover it.

Suggestions on How to Select the Best Attorney

Here is an article our legal team wrote with tips on selecting a top-rated personal injury lawyer in Elk Grove. Whether you are comfortable with our law firm or feel another attorney would better serve you, that article will provide you suggestions on how to select the best lawyer to handle your personal injury case.

Below is a video that has suggestions on what to look for in the best personal injury lawyer in Elk Grove, CA.

Elk Grove Injury FAQ

Where can you get a traffic accident report in Elk Grove?

If local law enforcement conducted a police report for your motor vehicle accident, you may get a copy of it at:

Elk Grove Police Department - Records Bureau
8400 Laguna Palms Way
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 478-8170

If the California Highway Patrol (CHP) conducted the traffic incident report, you may request a copy of it at the CHP South Sacramento Area Office:

6 Massie Ct.
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 897-5600

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?

MDSTAT Urgent Care
7811 Laguna Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone: (916) 895-2232

Where’s a reputable body shop in Elk Grove?

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

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 traffic accident that an independent investigation would reveal. Additionally, if she was a member of your household, she is likely protected by your car insurance coverage. 
 
Most insurance policies have uninsured motorist coverage (UM) which can help pay for personal injury damages caused by a hit and run accident. Contact a skilled personal injury lawyer in Elk Grove, CA for more information on your legal options for recovery.

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

According to the Elk Grove Police Department (Elk Grove PD), red light traffic cameras have been installed at these intersections:
  • Bond Road and Elk Grove Florin Road
  • Bruceville Road and Laguna Boulevard
  • Elk Grove Boulevard and Bruceville Road
  • Franklin Boulevard and Laguna Boulevard
  • Laguna Springs Drive and Laguna Boulevard

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: City-Data.com.

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:

Who do I contact if a traffic light is not working properly?

If there are any problems with traffic signals, you can report the problem to the City of Elk Grove Traffic Signal Maintenance Department at (916) 687-3005.

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?

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 is best to use your medical payments coverage (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, medical payments coverage 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.
 
Auto MedPay coverage is more liberal. You can see virtually any medical provider you choose, and many insurers do not require you 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 Elk Grove personal injury attorney will guide you correctly as to which insurance coverage 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 accident attorney can retain an expert witness in a personal injury case, such as a traffic engineer, to conduct a report.

A testimony from an expert witness will determine whether the traffic signals were set properly and if defective traffic light settings contributed to a motor vehicle collision. 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. This is by the California Government Code Section 911.2.

Contact an Elk Grove Personal Injury Attorney Today

Our Elk Grove personal injury lawyers are dedicated to obtaining justice and fair compensation for clients hurt in car crashes and other types of motor vehicle accidents. Call our injury attorneys at our law firm today for free, friendly advice on your potential claim at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400. 

Our legal team has helped residents in Sacramento County and throughout Northern California with their personal injury accident cases 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.

Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 3.26.21]

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