Live Oak Auto Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

Live Oak Auto Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

Located between Chico and Yuba City on Route 99, Live Oak, California, combines the best of small-town living and country life while still being within easy driving distance of major metro centers like Sacramento and San Francisco. With just over 8,300 residents, Live Oak boasts plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including the four town parks and the Live Oak Riverfront Park on the shores of the Feather River. The park offers hiking, fishing, boating and camping facilities.

Almost due west of Live Oak, you’ll find the Sutter Buttes, nicknamed, “the smallest mountain range in the world.” These craggy peaks are actually the remains of an ancient volcano that was last active about 1.5 million years ago. Now, the buttes are home to a diversity of wildlife, as well as plenty of hiking trails, a scenic driving tour and a community museum with lots of displays about the region’s cultural and geologic past.

Just north of the Sutter Buttes is the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, a major stopover on the Pacific Flyway. Comprising more than 9,000 acres, the area features ponds, grasslands and wooded areas with lots of opportunities to hike and explore, not to mention see the 300-plus species of birds and other animals that make Gray Lodge their home.

Sutter County Car Accidents

There’s a lot to do in and around Live Oak, and because it’s so near to major metro centers and located right on Route 99, there’s a lot of traffic in the area as well. It’s also a popular area for tourists and visitors from near and far. Not surprisingly, the Live Oak area sees a fair number of traffic accidents. In fact, in 2016 car accidents in Sutter County resulted in 786 injuries and fatalities according to data from the California Office of Traffic Safety, more than two per day. That’s a 24 percent increase from just five years earlier when the county had 597 accident-related injuries and fatalities.

Of the 786 accident injuries and fatalities in 2016, 85 involved drunk drivers, and 160 occurred as a result of speeding, 36 involved pedestrians, 27 involved motorcycles, and 33 involved bicyclists, which demonstrates just how dangerous the roadways can be. With so many different types of accidents and accident causes, it’s easy to see that even when you’re following all the rules of the road and driving safely, you can still wind up involved in a serious motor vehicle crash.

Any Accident Can Have Far-Reaching Consequences

The problem with accident statistics is that they only tell part of the story. When you hear about an accident causing a severe injury or even a fatality, your mind tends to conjure up visions of a major crash with significant damage to both vehicles. But the fact is, even a relatively low-impact collision can cause serious damage and life-altering injuries. Something as “minor” as a low-impact “fender-bender” can result in whiplash injuries, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, nerve damage and even concussions, all of which can cause you to miss work, require a lot of medical care and physical therapy, and take a toll on you in other ways as well. What’s more, since cars tend to weigh a lot, typically a couple of tons or more, even a vehicle moving at a low rate of speed can cause a lot of damage.

In addition to physical injuries, many accidents have emotional consequences as well. The complete loss of control you experience in an accident can result in ongoing panic attacks, sleep problems, nightmares and similar symptoms, persisting for months after your accident, and sometimes longer. Getting care and treatment for all your injuries can be costly. Emergency room care can add up into the thousands, especially if you need critical care services. Your ambulance ride alone can be well over $1,000. Chronic care and therapy can be even more expensive, especially since these treatments can stretch out over months and even years. Taken together, these costs can wind up wiping out your hard-earned savings and taking a devastating toll on your financial future.

Why You Need a Live Oak Auto Accident Attorney

It would be great if you could count on insurance companies, yours and the at-fault driver, to cover your accident-related costs. But the fact is, every insurance policy has limitations with regard to the amount you can claim. And that’s not all. Insurance companies are businesses, and that means that like any other business, it’s in their best interests to do all they can to limit the amount they’re willing to pay, regardless of the amount of coverage provided under the policy.

If you’ve been in an accident, the insurance company will at some point ask you to sign a paper that essentially limits your right to collect compensation, as well as your right to file a lawsuit. One of the most important things to remember in the days after an accident is this: do not sign any insurance paperwork until you speak to an attorney yourself.

Think about it: as a business, an insurance company has its own skilled legal team looking out for its interests (and the interests of its executives and shareholders). It just makes sense for you to have your own attorney representing your rights too. A skilled Live Oak personal injury lawyer has the knowledge and the resources to build a strong case that accurately and fairly represents your “side” of the accident while completely supporting your rights.

The video below provides more insights on how to contact a personal injury lawyer following a car accident.

Get the Financial Compensation You Deserve

Of course, the most important thing to do after an accident is getting medical care for your injuries. Even if you don’t think you’re injured or if you think your injuries are “minor,” it’s still vitally important to see a doctor so you can be evaluated. Visiting your doctor ensures you get the care you receive, even for injuries that might not be causing symptoms yet, and it also helps establish a record or “paper trail” that your lawyer can use when building your case.

Once your medical care is underway, the next step is to speak with a Live Oak personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Why? Several reasons. First, working with a personal injury lawyer right from the start takes a lot of the emotional pressure off your shoulders. It’s not uncommon to feel frustrated, anxious and overwhelmed following an accident. When you have a skilled Live Oak car accident lawyer by your side, you have the time you need to focus on your recovery and your loved ones.

Ed Smith: Leading Live Oak Car Accident Lawyer

Dealing with the aftermath of an accident is never easy. Not only do you have to think about your medical care, but you’ve also got to handle the financial implications of the crash and the effects of the accident on your loved ones. Plus, like most legal processes, dealing with accident claim and working with insurance companies can be an extremely complex and lengthy process, adding to your feelings of frustration and anxiety. With a top-ranked Live Oak personal injury attorney on your side looking after your legal interests, you can feel confident your rights are being protected, no matter what comes your way.

Live Oak Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers

I'm Ed Smith, a Live Oak Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, please call me for free, friendly advice at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400.

I am a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and the Million Dollar Forum.

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Client Reviews
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"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.
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"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
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"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.
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"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.
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"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.
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"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.