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Grass Valley Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer


We've been proudly representing the residents of Grass Valley and nearby areas with their personal injury and wrongful death cases since 1982. 

Whether you are a resident who was injured in town or while commuting to Auburn or Sacramento, we can help answer your questions about your car, truck, bus, or motorcycle accident.

Different Personal Injury Cases We Handle

Our firm handles cases of serious personal injury in Grass Valley such as:

Grass Valley Personal Injury Attorney

We're known to many as the “personal” personal injury lawyer. This is because  we always put the well-being of our clients first and make running a compassionate personal injury law office my priority. We know first-hand how difficult, both physically and emotionally, it can be to suffer a serious injury because we have also been injured multiple times. Those who we’ve had the pleasure of working with know that we always take our clients’ needs, wants, hopes, and personal feelings into account when handling their case.

Wrongful Death Cases

Sadly, we are also well aware of the overwhelming feelings of grief caused by losing a loved one in an accident. The unexpected death of a parent, sibling, spouse, partner, or another family member often leaves people feeling a wide range of emotions. These can make dealing with daily life feel exhausting. Knowing that your loved one's death was caused by the fault of a negligent party can make these feelings even more intense. This is why it is important to us to help our clients recover both emotionally and financially after they’ve suffered such a tragic loss.

Common Causes of Grass Valley Accidents

Car wrecks in Grass Valley occur for a wide variety of reasons. These include road defects, drunk drivers, speeding, distracted drivers, and other forms of negligence. Accidents in this area often occur along Main Street, at intersections, rural roads, and on Highway 20.

Historic State Route 49 - Collisions also occur on California State Route 49. From Grass Valley to Nevada City, SR 49 is known as the Golden Chain Highway or Golden Center Freeway for locals. The name speaks to its history as the main highway to towns linked along the famous Mother Lode gold mining area. This highway received its designation in honor of the 49ers, the group of pioneers that traveled to the Sutter's Fort area of the Sierra Nevada and Central Valley during the gold rush in 1849.

Head-On Collisions - In this strip of Highway 49, there are dangerous curves for drivers to maneuver. Fatal head-on collisions also occur along this highway when vehicles cross into the oncoming traffic lanes. Many of these fatalities could easily be prevented with barriers and center dividers. However, Caltrans has yet to install these despite the requests of several local residents and injured individuals.

Weather-Related Car Accidents - Other auto accidents occur in the snow, especially during the first snowfall of the year. Drivers new to the area may not be used to driving on slick roads and cause collisions. While some may make simple driving errors, others may engage in negligent driving behaviors such as speeding or following too closely regardless of current weather and road conditions.

Why Would I Hire an Injury Lawyer Based in Sacramento?

You very well may be wondering why it would make sense for you to hire an attorney who lives an hour away from you. While it may seem more convenient to look for a Grass Valley auto accident attorney closer to home, there are a few important reasons that hiring a Sacramento-based lawyer can make more sense.

Many quality law firms in smaller populated areas have had to relocate to areas with larger client bases. This means that in relatively small communities like Grass Valley, it can be very difficult to find the first-rate representation you deserve. If you suffered major trauma in an auto accident, it is important to retain a lawyer whose focus is solely on serious injuries. Our firm only takes cases involving severe trauma and we are very selective about which we decide to take.

Contingency Fee Basis

Many people who’ve been seriously injured are worried that they can’t afford an attorney to represent them. We believe that nobody should be denied fair compensation for their losses due to a lack of funds. This is why we take serious injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we don’t ask for any payment unless we can successfully resolve your case.

Choosing The Right Grass Valley Personal Injury Lawyer

When it comes to choosing a good lawyer, people often feel lost among the hundreds of magazine and internet ads, television commercials, billboards, and other advertisements. Many of the ads you see will make huge promises, but how can you know for sure if an injury lawyer is really prepared to do everything possible in order to help you get the amount you deserve? Lawyers often advertise a high rate of success but are willing to settle for offers less than what their client is rightfully owed.

Thankfully, there are a few ways of finding out whether or not a legal advocate is reputable. Below are four of the most effective ways of determining the quality of an injury lawyer:

  • ExperienceIt is important to know that your lawyer has plenty of experience handling cases like yours. You should make sure that your lawyer has years of experience in personal injury law and that they focus solely on serious injury cases. Furthermore, your lawyer should have experience in taking cases to trial. Many times, simply asking an injury lawyer whether or not they would be comfortable presenting your case to a jury can give you a good idea of whether or not your attorney is truly ready to do everything they can to help you.
  • Case HistoryAnother important thing to do before hiring a lawyer is to learn about their settlement and verdict history. Feel free to ask any potential lawyer about their previous case verdicts and settlements and how much their clients were awarded. A good lawyer will be happy to share their past successes with you. It’s also a good idea to take a look at a lawyer’s website to see if they have a verdicts and settlements page. You can get an idea of what one should look like by viewing mine here.
  • Reputation: Checking to see if your lawyer has a good reputation from their clients and community is a step in the right direction. This can be done by looking at their reviews on popular websites such as Facebook, Yelp, and Google. Another good website to use is, a website dedicated to reviewing lawyers. Since the reviews left on these sites are not controlled by the attorney, they can give you an honest account of a lawyer’s reputation.
  • Resources: You should be sure that your lawyer has the financial resources to properly handle your case. Some firms are too small to give a case the attention it needs and may not be able to afford to take it before a jury. Finances shouldn’t be the issue that stands between you and the compensation you deserve.

If you would like to learn more about finding the right lawyer to suit your needs, watch this helpful video by our law firm:

Grass Valley Personal Injury Lawyer

I'm Ed Smith, a Grass Valley car accident lawyer. If you or a loved one has been injured in Grass Valley, Nevada City, or anywhere else in Nevada County, please feel free to contact us today for free, friendly legal advice by calling (530) 392-9400 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.

If you’d like to learn more about how we’ve helped our clients, take a look at our reviews on Avvo, Yelp, Google.

We're part of the Million Dollar Advocates, a national forum for attorneys who’ve won a case or negotiated a settlement worth at least $1 million for a past client. We are also a member of both the Brain Injury Association of California and the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association.

You can read about our past successes on our verdicts and settlements page.

Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 5.13.21]

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Client Reviews
"Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!" Alex & Dinah M.
"Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation." Beverly
"Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything." Annie T.
"Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime." Jeremy M.
"I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone." Shannon D.
"Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury." David M.