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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.

Types of Cases Handled by an Accident Attorney
At, our Elk Grove personal injury lawyers handle motor vehicle accident cases such as rear-end collisions, broadside accidents, or head-on collisions. We also handle other types of personal injury cases, such as:
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Dog bite incidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip and Fall accidents
  • Wrongful death cases
Our Philosophy as an Elk Grove 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 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 Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer for Your 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. 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.

Selecting a Top-Rated Personal Injury Lawyer in Elk Grove

Here is an article I wrote with tips on selecting a top-rated Elk Grove personal injury lawyer. Whether you are comfortable with my law office or feel another injury attorney would better serve you, the questions in that article will help you 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
Below are some questions we have been asked over the years:

Where can you get a traffic accident 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 was a member of your household, she is likely protected by your car insurance coverage. Most insurance policies have uninsured motorist coverage which can help pay for personal injury damages caused by hit and run accidents. 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:

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.

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 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.

Contact an Experienced Elk Grove Personal Injury Attorney

At, our injury lawyers are dedicated to obtaining justice and fair compensation for clients hurt in car crashes and other types of accidents. Call our Elk Grove, CA law firm at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400 to receive free, friendly legal advice from one of our attorneys today. 

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.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 8.7.20]

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