Ione Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

Ione Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have had the misfortune of being injured in an accident caused by negligence, then you are probably looking for a lawyer to represent you. Besides the medical expenses you are incurring due to your injury, you may also be facing unpaid time away from work, an extensive recuperative period and other costs. Financially, this is a difficult time, and added to the physical and emotional toll an accident enacts, the stress of the situation can be overwhelming.

I understand that, having been in serious accidents in the past, suffering injuries and having had several near-death experiences. Recuperation takes every bit of energy you can give. I can help with the financial end of it by negotiating with insurance companies and filing a lawsuit against the negligent party if need be. Whether the case is settled or goes to trial, I am ready to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Ione, California

Located where Route 104 is crossed by the East Plymouth Highway, Ione is close enough to Sacramento for convenience, yet far enough to maintain its small-town character. Aside from being a town where residents know one another, Ione is steeped in history. One of the most prominent examples of Romanesque architecture in the state is found at Preston Castle, a landmark in Ione and a prominent tourist attraction there. Preston Castle, originally established as a reform school for boys, sits as an elegant backdrop for the town. Today it is on the list of California State Historical Landmarks and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ione, with a population of roughly 8,000 in 2010, was a supply center during the California Gold Rush. Incorporated in 1953, its annual celebration, the Ione Homecoming, is a well-known event, attracting many visitors. Ione was home to famed jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck, who helped raise funds for the castle’s restoration with his score of the video “The Castle’s Song.”

Dangerous Highways Near Ione

Eighty percent of accidents in and around Ione happen on state highways, including Highway 16 during daylight hours. This highway links Route 20 and Route 49. The majority of accidents involve violations of the automobile right of way.

A Little About Myself

When an accident happens, picking an Ione auto accident attorney may be based on recommendations from family or friends. Otherwise, the choice may seem random. To get the right fit, I believe that potential clients should know as much as they can about the person who will represent them. For that reason, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to California when I finished my service in the U.S. Air Force. I attended UC Davis and graduated summa cum laude. After that, I studied law and graduated from McGeorge School of Law. I began practicing law in California in 1982. This is central to who I am, giving me the opportunity to help people when they need it most. My clients become friends and, in many instances, we continue in that relationship long after their case has been won.

On cable television, I participated in a hosted show called “Ask a Lawyer” for about 10 years. I have also written several books on personal injury:

You can find these on Amazon, where you can read them online for free or download them to Kindle for a small price.

List of Personal Injury Cases I Handle

Not everyone is familiar with the types of cases a personal injury lawyer handles. Some are:

If you wish, you can visit my areas of practice page to see a complete list.

Finding the Right Ione Personal Injury Attorney 

There are a few tips that can help you make a good choice when it comes to finding a lawyer for your personal injury case. While a family attorney may be good at real estate cases or drawing up a will, that doesn’t mean he or she is able to adequately represent you in a personal injury. The scope of personal injury is broad, whether the case involves being struck by a drunk driver, being a victim of a defective product or slipping and falling in a supermarket.

In addition, find an attorney with extensive trial experience and who has a record of high verdicts and settlements. Ask if the attorney you are considering actively participates in professional organizations.

Watch the video below for tips on how to choose a personal injury lawyer.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Do you know of reputable mechanics in the Ione area?

A. Yelp provides good reviews for the following mechanics:

Tommy’s Garage
340 Preston Ave.
Ione, CA 95640
Phone: (209) 2745-0605

Capital Collison Center
6224 Turner Road, Ste. A
Sacramento, CA 95829
Phone: (916) 383-4733

Q. Where can I find a good rental car?

A. We found a rental car dealership about 14 minutes away from Ione that has good reviews on Yelp:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
11940 Jackson Hwy 88
Jackson, CA 95641
Phone: (209) 223-4200

Ione Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Ione car accident lawyer. When you’ve been injured due to another person’s negligence, you need help to recover the damages you deserve. While I represent more serious cases, people are not always aware of how serious their accident injuries are. Give us a call. If I cannot represent you, I am happy to recommend a local attorney who can serve your legal needs. Call me anytime at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400. You can also contact us online, and we will get back to you quickly. Your first consultation is free and carries no obligation.

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 Avvo, Yelp, Google.

You are welcome to explore the website I founded at

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 11.20.19]

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.