La Riviera Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

La Riviera is a tranquil, residential area in Sacramento full of tree-lined streets. With its close proximity to Rosemont, Arden-Arcade and Rancho Cordova, the city has everything to offer with the added bonus of an urban feel and excellent schools. Close to Jackson Highway, where there are many restaurants, hotels and shopping opportunities, it also offers fun in the sun along the American River. In this idyllic type of setting, it is hard to imagine being injured by someone negligent, but it happens. When it does, you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer to get the financial compensation you need and deserve. That’s where I can help you with free, friendly advice.

La Riviera Background

As of 2018, La Riviera had a population of 11,345. Because of its affordable housing, diversity, nightlife, and work opportunities, it is one of the best locations to live in California. The main shopping center is Glenbrook, located at La Riviera Drive, which makes it convenient for those exiting at the Watt Avenue off-ramp. Added transportation options include the Regional Transit Gold Line with four light-rail stations providing transportation for commuters.

Traffic Accidents in Sacramento County

Most personal injuries are caused by traffic accidents, and this is what my law office specializes in. By traffic accidents, I am talking about motor vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, Uber/Lyft, and scooter accidents as well as injuries to pedestrians. The California Office of Traffic Safety reported 12,871 traffic accidents causing injuries and fatalities in 2016. Alcohol consumption was involved in 1,311, and speeding contributed to 3,309 of these accidents. Motorcyclists were involved in 556 crashes that caused deaths or injuries, while 644 pedestrians were either hurt or killed. Bicycle riders were injured or killed in 584 accidents.

Accidents and Financial Burdens

The insurance industry says that an American living an average lifespan will experience three to four traffic accidents during their lifetime. Many of those accidents are caused by negligent drivers or other entities such as roads with poor maintenance. While it is difficult enough to have to spend time in the hospital and recover from those injuries, the financial hit increases your problems. You’ve probably lost time from work, face medical bills, and your accident has burdened your family with those added costs and worries. The job of a personal injury lawyer is to help you and your family recover the compensation you need to ease the financial pain of a traffic collision.

Listen to attorney Ed Smith explain how to choose a personal injury lawyer in the video below:

Selecting an Attorney

Choosing a lawyer to ask for advice or represent your case can be difficult when there are so many to choose from. However, there are a few tips on how to choose a lawyer. These include:

  • Choose a lawyer who is interested in more than your case. A lawyer who cares and understands how the entire family is affected by your injury will be compassionate, caring, and helpful.
  • Find a personal injury lawyer who is an excellent communicator. Taking your case and never hearing how it is proceeding or what is going on does not benefit you. Ensure the lawyer is open and communicative and that he or she keeps you up on how your case is proceeding.
  • Choose a lawyer who only practices personal injury law. One who practices in several areas of the law may not have the expertise you need and desire.
  • Find an attorney who consistently wins large settlements and verdicts.
  • While having a positive record of settlements is good, you will want a lawyer who can take your case to trial if necessary and win.
Personal Injuries Can Happen in several Ways

There are many ways that a personal injury can occur in and around La Riviera. Following is a list of some of the types of personal injuries and the ways they can happen:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: There are several causes and types of motor vehicle accidents that are the result of negligence. These may range from head-on collisions, and rear end crashes to T-bone accidents at an intersection. Types of negligence that contribute to these accidents include drunk driving, being distracted, or running a red light. When a negligent driver caused your accident injuries, an accomplished La Riviera auto accident lawyer can help.
  • Truck accidents: Truck accidents are commonly caused by inexperienced drivers, poor maintenance, speeding, or fatigue. In a collision with a smaller vehicle, serious injuries can occur as well as fatalities.
  • Motorcycle crashes: The most common motorcycle accident caused by negligence happens with a motorist is turning left in front of them. Stopping short in front of a motorcycle rider can also cause severe injuries to a rider. A driver who does not obey traffic laws is more likely to cause this type of accident.
  • Bicycle accidents: Even though California law forbids motorists from coming closer than three feet from a bike rider, accidents still happen. Many occur at intersections because a driver ran a red light or turned without looking for a bicycle rider.
  • Pedestrian accidents: The vulnerability of a pedestrian when involved in a traffic collision can result in fatality or severe injuries. Speed can be an essential factor in an accident with a pedestrian. The faster the vehicle is going, the more devastating the injuries and a higher risk of the death of the walker. Making careless turns at corners or failing to yield to a pedestrian is a common cause of these accidents. A seasoned La Riviera auto accident lawyer can examine the evidence and deal with the insurance company for you. If negotiations with the insurance company are unsuccessful, the lawyer can prepare a good case to present in civil court.
  • Amusement parks: Although great fun for the family, a poorly maintained amusement park can result in ride injuries or sickness from food poisoning.
  • Boating accidents: California is the land of fun and sun, so many enjoy boating, whether on the river or elsewhere. A negligent boater or rental agency can make your boating trip turn into a catastrophe.
  • Defective medical devices: Most surgically implanted medical devices are safe and help the user. However, a faulty device can cause complications, may require replacement and results in unnecessary suffering. A La Riviera personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation to which you are entitled to help pay your medical bills and other expenses.
  • Dog bites: California is ranked number one many dog bite claims. Under California Civil Code 3342, someone who is injured by a dog has the right to claim fair compensation for that injury.
  • Government entities: The government entity in charge of particular roads, signs, and maintenance is sometimes negligent in their upkeep. This may include potholes, fissures in the pavement, heaved sidewalks on public streets and other neglect. Because this is a special category of negligence, enlisting the help of a lawyer experienced in breaking through government immunity is important.
  • Premises liability: Whether it is a public or private property or building, they must be maintained reasonably to prevent unnecessary injuries. Examples of premises liability cases include slips and falls or tripping, such as in a grocery store.
  • Product liability: Products that are purchased by consumers must be safe when used as intended. Defects in design or manufacturing can lead to accident injuries. For example, a defective auto part can cause a collision, and a poorly designed piece of furniture can fall and injure someone. Product liability is a specialized area of personal injury law. When you’ve suffered an injury because of a product, a La Riviera personal injury lawyer with experience in products liability can ably handle your case.
  • Wrongful death: A wrongful death occurs when an individual dies in an accident due to negligence by another person or entity or because of an intentional act. In these cases, family members that were supported by the deceased person can claim fair compensation for that loss. A wrongful death claim can include burial and funeral costs, loss of inheritance and wages and other economic and noneconomic damages.
About Me

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. This area of New York City is known for hard-working people. The residents of this borough are straightforward and say what they believe. I’ve been able to incorporate that into my practice. Clients know that what I say may not be sugar-coated, but it is something they can rely on. My parents were blue-collar workers. What they lacked in formal education, they made up for with honesty and hard work. That tradition of measuring the worth of a man by his actions has stayed with me all my life.

I spent four years in the military and entered the Air Corp during the Vietnam War in 1968 and served in Southeast Asia until 1970. I was able to take advantage of the GI Bill and went to UC Davis. I entered McGeorge School of Law and graduated with honors in 1982. I was married in 1978, and my son was born in 1982. In 1983, I was able to open my own practice. The law is special to me in many ways, and I see it as a vocation as well as a job. In 1987, I specialized in personal injury law, which I practice to this day.

The Philosophy I Live By

I believe it is my job to help people whose lives have been temporarily turned upside down because of another person’s negligence. This is a bitter pill to swallow but one that most people do with grace. Their families are involved too and face the stress associated with an accident. My staff and I make every effort to get to know our clients and their families. Some have become good friends over the years and still stop by for coffee and to catch up. It is this personal involvement that makes our clients feel at home and gives me a great deal of satisfaction. No one is just an accident for me. That is an integral part of my approach to the law, and one that I feel is invaluable.

Media and Books

In my desire to make the law understandable to clients, I’ve made several forays into the media and wrote several books. One was my long-term commitment to a cable show called Ask the Lawyer. This show was built around questions people have about legal issues. It was my pleasure to answer the questions and hopefully raise people’s understanding of the law. By the same token, I built a website called, filling it with articles about accidents of all kinds. I wanted to provide people in Sacramento with an online library where they could look things up.

I wrote two books that are available on Amazon. If you choose the Kindle edition, it can be downloaded for free. The books are:


Organizations I belong to are:

Questions That Are Frequently Asked

Over the years, clients have commonly asked me the following questions such as:

Q. Can you recommend a mechanic in La Riviera?

A: Yelp reviews have several recommendations for good mechanics in the area, including:

Kelley Automotive

9565 Folsom Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95827

Phone number: (916) 369-2886

Ozmotive Auto Repair

9565 Folsom Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95827

Phone number: (916) 369-0809

Q: Are there any recommended car rental agencies near La Riviera?

A: Among the well-rated car rental agencies are the following:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

5941 Power Inn Rd

Sacramento, CA 95824

Phone number: (916) 381-3300

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6505 Folsom Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95819

Phone number:  (916) 453-1100

La Riviera Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a La Riviera car accident and personal injury lawyer. Being injured in an accident or losing a loved one is a devastating experience. Not only do you have to face the personal pain of injury or loss, but your financial situation can also suffer. I’m here for you to offer my free and friendly advice. You can reach out to me at (916) 921-6400 or through my toll-free number at (800) 404-5400. I can also be contacted through my website by using the online contact form.

For additional information about my law practice, visit the following pages to read our clients’ reviews and see some cases that my office has handled:

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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.