Eureka Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
Eureka is a gorgeous community that could hardly be considered treacherous. Being the largest coastal city between Portland and San Francisco, the waterfront city offers incredible views of the ocean. Home to the headquarters of both the North Coast Redwoods District and the Six Rivers National Forest of the California State Parks System, the Sequoia Park Zoo, and a state historic landmark itself, Eureka is certainly a great place to raise a family or visit.
Still, accidents happen and other people’s negligence often plays a role in incidents that result in injuries and even death. Serious injuries from these accidents are sometimes catastrophic, changing the lives of the victims and their families forever. Cars, trucks, SUVs motorcycles, buses, pedestrians, and bicyclists are all involved in catastrophic collisions here.Providing Seasoned Legal Services in Eureka, CA
The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith is a Sacramento-based personal injury law firm that provides seasoned legal services for Eureka victims who have sustained serious injuries due to the recklessness of others. We also represent family members who want to pursue wrongful death claims on behalf of a deceased loved one who died because of the negligence of someone else. Contact us today if you are seeking a Eureka CA car accident lawyer.Serious Eureka Personal Injury Lawyer
California law requires motorists whose negligent actions – or lack of action – cause accidents to compensate victims for the losses that they incur. The law also requires all California drivers to carry auto insurance policies that include coverage for property damage and bodily injury, in the event an accident occurs. Auto insurance policies provide drivers who are at-fault with a means to pay for any damages on vehicles or injuries that other drivers and passengers sustain.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of drivers in Eureka who carelessly and sometimes even intentionally fail to obey traffic laws, which results in accidents every day. Many accidents result in little to no property damage, while other car accidents are unbelievably catastrophic, leaving cars totaled and victims with life-threatening injuries. Some of these accidents result in death.
I handle the more serious cases when victims have suffered life-altering injuries or lost a loved one to wrongful death. Not all of my cases are vehicular accidents, either. My clients may have sustained injuries from defective or dangerous products, a slip, and fall accident on someone else’s property that was not maintained properly, or from a dog that bit them.
If you have suffered minor injuries in an accident that was someone else’s fault in Eureka, I may be able to refer you to an attorney who can handle your case.Finding the Right Eureka Personal Injury Attorney
It is crucial to find the right attorney to handle your case. You will only get one shot to get the compensation you are entitled to, and the difference between the wrong and right attorney for your case could be the difference between settling for an unfair, low-ball settlement offer from an insurance company and getting the full compensation you deserve.
How do you choose the right attorney for your case? First of all, watch this YouTube video that I made to help you make the right decision:
Remember, you want to find a lawyer who solely practices personal injury law - someone who makes you feel like you are their only client and that they care about the outcome of your case.
Before you choose a lawyer, be sure to spend face time with the attorneys you are interested in to find out if they feel like a good fit. Of course, you will probably start your search online. Take a look at reviews on potential attorneys on Google, Avvo (the lawyer review website), and Yelp. You can also find out if any disciplinary actions have been taken against a lawyer online, as well. Disciplinary action should be a huge red flag to pass on that lawyer.Past Verdicts & Settlements & Your Gut Feelings Are Crucial
Find out about their previous verdicts and settlements. If their past verdicts and settlements do not make you say, “Wow!” you most likely want to continue your search for an attorney who has the exciting verdict and settlement amounts. You can view my past verdicts and settlements here to get an idea of what to look for.
Once you have done your research online, you will probably make a few phone calls and chat with potential attorneys. Of course, the face to face meeting will be the tell-all. You will get an instinctive feeling at that meeting that will let you know whether the attorney is a good fit for you or not. Pay attention to your gut feelings and choose a lawyer who makes you feel like your needs and wants are important.Why Would I Choose a Lawyer in Sacramento?
You can choose a lawyer anywhere in California to represent you. Wouldn’t you want to pick the best attorney you can get? I don’t charge any upfront fees, and you don’t have to pay me if I don’t recover compensation for you.
I will help to pay for your travel costs to come and visit me if I am interested in taking on your case. I will also put you up in a hotel so you can stay overnight in Sacramento and then drive back to Eureka the next day. Or, if your injuries keep you from coming to my office, I wouldn’t mind taking a trip to visit you in the beautiful city of Eureka to discuss your case over lunch or dinner.
I like to discuss my client’s challenges, dreams, disappointments, families, and anything else that is important to them. I want to get to know you and your family personally. I’ve often been referred to as the “personal” personal injury lawyer. Don’t be surprised if I start talking about my own life with you. I have experienced my share of disappointments, injuries, and pain.
I handle only serious personal injury cases. I don’t dabble in family law, criminal law, or anything other than personal injury law, and have been doing so for over three decades now. I have all of the resources, including the financing, to take a case to trial if the insurance company does not settle for a fair amount on your case. I have been practicing personal injury law long enough and have seen thousands of cases, so I know how to estimate fair compensation for your injuries, and if the insurance company does not pay what they should, I will gather my resources and head to the courtroom to get you what you deserve.
I am not afraid of the inside of the trial courtroom. In fact, if the insurance company isn’t being fair, I welcome it. However, it is all ultimately up to you. You are in charge of your case. If you want to settle, you can settle. I will certainly tell you if I think an offer is unfair and how much you should be offered, but if you do not want to wait any longer for compensation because your bills are stacking up, that is your decision. I work for you, not the other way around.Eureka Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Q: Do you know which intersections in Eureka have the highest occurrence of accidents?
A: Yes. The following list includes the most dangerous intersections for accidents in 2013 in Eureka:
- 14th St & G St
- 1st & 6th St
- 1st & 7th St
- 1st & 14th St
- 1st & Buhne St
- 1st & Del Norte
- 4th 7 R St
- 5th & H St
- 6th & 1st
- 7th & J St
- Buhne & C St
- Buhne & H St
- Dolbeer St & Hemlock
- H St & 7th St
- H St & 6th St
- H St & Henderson
- H St & Hodgson
- Harris & F St
- Harris & W St
- Hodgson & K St
- Hodgson & M St
- M St & 11th
- Myrtle & Bay St
- Rt 101 & F St
- Rt 101 & R St
- Rt 101 & T St
- Rt 101 & V St
- Union & Del Norte
Q: Can you recommend a good auto repair shop in Eureka?
A: Yes. After speaking to your Eureka CA Car Accident Lawyer, you may wish to get your vehicle repaired. The following auto repair shops had several great reviews on Yelp:
Wayne’s Auto Repair
509 Commercial Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Honest Engine & Auto Repairs & Parts
852 W Wabash Ave
Eureka, CA 95501
Q: Can you recommend an excellent chiropractor in Eureka?
A: Yes. The Eureka chiropractic clinic listed below has excellent Yelp reviews:
Grace & Active Care Chiropractic
1775 Harrison Ave
Eureka, CA 95501
I’m Ed Smith, a Eureka personal injury attorney. I provide free, no-hassle consultations to victims who have been in serious accidents. If you or a member of your family is currently suffering from severe injuries, you more than likely have lots of questions. Give me a call today at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 3.25.20]