La Riviera Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

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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. 

In this idyllic setting, it is hard to imagine being injured by someone negligent, but it happens. When it does, you need the help of an experienced La Riviera personal injury lawyer to get the financial compensation you need and deserve. 

Traffic Accidents in Sacramento County

Most personal injuries are caused by traffic accidents, which is what my law office specializes in. By traffic accidents, we are talking about motor vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, Uber/Lyft, scooter accidents, and 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 accidents. Motorcyclists were involved in 556 crashes that caused deaths or injuries, while 644 pedestrians were 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 spending time in the hospital and recovering from those injuries is difficult, the financial hit increases your problems. You've probably lost time from work, faced medical billsand 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.

Watch the video below for more on how to choose a La Riviera personal injury lawyer for your case:

Selecting an Attorney

Choosing a La Riviera personal injury 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 they keep you up on how your case is moving.
  • 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 accident 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.
How Personal Injuries Can Happen 

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 resulting from negligence. These may range from head-on collisions and rear-end crashes to T-bone accidents at an intersection. Types of negligence contributing to these accidents include drunk driving, being distractedor running a red light. When a negligent driver causes 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: A motorist's most common motorcycle accident caused by negligence 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: Although 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 a fatality or severe injuries. Speed can be an essential factor in an accident with a pedestrian. The faster the vehicle goes, the more devastating the injuries and the higher risk of the walker's death. 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 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 a catastrophe.
  • Defective medical devices: Most surgically implanted medical devices are safe and help the user. However, a faulty device can cause complications, require replacement, and result in unnecessary suffering. A La Riviera personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you are entitled to help pay your medical bills and other expenses.
  • Dog bites: California is ranked number one in many dog bite claims. Under California Civil Code 3342, someone injured by a dog has the right to claim fair compensation for that injury.
  • Government entities: The entity in charge of particular roads, signs, and maintenance is sometimes negligent in its upkeep. This may include potholes, pavement fissures, heaved sidewalks on public streets, and other neglect. Because this is a particular category of negligence, enlisting the help of a lawyer experienced in breaking through government immunity is essential.
  • Premises liability: Whether 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 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 product 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 an intentional act. In these cases, family members 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 non-economic damages.
Personal Injury Lawyers in La Riviera, CA

Being injured in an accident or losing a loved one is a devastating experience. You have to face the personal pain of injury or loss, and your financial situation can also suffer.

Our La Riveria personal injury lawyers offer free and friendly advice. You can reach us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. We can also be contacted through our online contact form.

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

Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 8.2.22]

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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.