Manteca, CA Car Accident & Personal Injury Attorney

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Hello, I’m Ed Smith, founder of the website AutoAccident.com and personal injury attorney since 1982. I am a Brooklyn, New York native, but decided to move to Sacramento after I left the Air Force back in 1970.

I must admit that I love it out here!

Northern California is just gorgeous, and Manteca has so much to offer to the people who live in the area. Not only is it more affordable than the Bay Area to live, it also has that small-town, welcoming flair. If you are a local of Manteca, you probably refer to it as “The Family City.”

From Woodward Park to NACO West, Manteca connects families and the great outdoors with playgrounds, private campgrounds, and RV Parks. Then, places like Pump It Up and the Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center bring families and fun together in that small-town, family-oriented atmosphere.

Being located only 59 miles from Sacramento, I enjoy visiting Manteca because it is a nice place to get away for the day and enjoy the laid back way of life.

What if I Cannot Afford to Pay for an Experienced Auto Accident or Personal Injury Attorney?

A lot of folks do not realize that most personal injury lawyers take cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that if you do not win your case, your lawyer will not receive any money, either.

I also take cases without any upfront payment. If I do not win your case for you, you do not have to pay me a dime.

What sets me apart from other, smaller personal injury lawyers is that I have the financial resources and ability to take on more serious cases. In fact, I am so confident about my resources and knowledge, I do not hesitate to take my personal injury cases to trial when an insurance company refuses to offer my client a fair settlement. I also handle wrongful death lawsuits for clients who have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence.

Many of the cases I have tackled include serious injuries or death caused by:

  • A vehicular accident;
  • A tractor-trailer, semi-truck, 18-wheeler, or other commercial truck collision;
  • A motorcycle accident;
  • A bicycle or pedestrian accident;
  • A construction site accident;
  • A dog or animal bite incident;
  • A farming accident;
  • A dangerous or defective product;
  • A defective medical device;
  • A medical error or medical negligence;
  • Property that was not properly taken care of; or
  • Exposure to asbestos.

My clients have experienced a wide variety of serious injuries. Here are some of the more common catastrophic injuries for which I have won large settlements or verdicts:

  • Brain and head injuries;
  • Amputations;
  • Multiple fractures;
  • Severe burns/scalding injuries;
  • Spinal injuries/spinal cord injuries; and
  • Mesothelioma.

Call me to discuss the details of your case today at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.

If you have injuries that are not as severe, I may be able to point you in the direction of a reputable attorney in Manteca who can take on your case.

What if I Can’t Travel to Your Office?

You may be wondering why people who live in Manteca would choose a Sacramento personal injury lawyer to handle their claim. There are certainly lawyers in Manteca who take on personal injury cases.

I understand that you are working on recovering from your injuries; you are most likely suffering a lot of pain, and getting around is much harder than it used to be before your accident. When potential clients from Manteca come to talk to me at my office in Sacramento, it is because they want to obtain the best legal counsel possible for their case.

I exclusively take on serious personal injury claims. I don’t take on every case that calls me or walks in my office. In fact, I am very selective in regard to which types of personal injury cases I handle. That way I can dedicate my time, energy, and resources to every client that I decide to help.

I also understand that my Sacramento office is not exactly convenient for residents of Manteca. However, if you need a lawyer who will advocate for your rights and increase the likelihood of obtaining the maximum compensation for your claim, call my office today at (209) 227-1931.

If you have a good case and I feel like I can help you, I will gladly take care of your transportation and lodging costs so that you can come visit me and stay overnight in Sacramento.

If your injuries keep you from traveling and I decide to take your case, I will come visit you in Manteca.

Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Even if you only have minor injuries, if an insurance company is low-balling you, you have no choice but to find a reputable and capable personal injury lawyer to help you out.

Don’t settle with the insurance company just because they are acting like their nonsense offer is their final offer.

When you have a lawyer, insurance companies and other liable parties tend to be less likely to offer you low-ball settlement offers. When I deal with them, they know that I understand how to evaluate a claim and calculate how much each claim is worth. They also know that I will not agree with an offer that is less than the maximum worth of a claim.

They also know that I will readily take the case to trial, if necessary.

With over 30 years of personal injury law experience behind me, I am not intimidated in the least by large insurance companies and I am very aware of their typical negotiation and low-ball offer strategies. I am also familiar with civil court procedures and how to shoot down defense strategies that personal injury defendants and insurance companies often toss around, if your case cannot be settled fairly and we need to go to trial.

Finding a Reputable & Capable Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Manteca Claim

Being seriously injured in an accident can be extremely overwhelming for anyone. Beyond the excruciating pain, accident victims often experience a tremendous amount of anxiety as well. If you are unable to work, your bills are most likely haunting you. You need to focus your time and energy on your recovery and your family right now. That is why it is crucial to find a reputable and capable personal injury lawyer to handle your case.

There are plenty of reputable and established lawyers to choose from. Unfortunately, choosing the right lawyer to help you is just as daunting as everything else you are dealing with. However, if you want a successful settlement or verdict, you are going to want the right personal injury attorney handling your case.

When I researched the lawyers in the Manteca area, I noticed that most do not list their settlements and verdicts. Nor do they have extensive trial experience, and if they do, they did not refer to it on their websites.

Here are some tips to help you find the right personal injury lawyer for your particular case:

  • Whether you are talking on the phone or meeting in person, do not discount the initial feelings you get while you are interacting with a potential lawyer. Trust these feelings and choose the lawyer who gives you the best initial reaction.
  • Choose a lawyer who shows that they personally care about you and your family.
  • If you need to get knee surgery, would you rather a general practitioner or an orthopedic surgeon perform the operation? Of course, you would choose the orthopedic surgeon, because knees are within their specialty. The same goes for lawyers. You do not want a general lawyer who practices all parts of the law for your serious personal injury case. You want to choose a lawyer who has extensive experience and only practices personal injury law.
  • Whenever there is an accident that results in serious injuries, there is always a chance that the case might end up going to trial. Most insurance companies do not want to pay exorbitant amounts for settlements and will do everything they can to weasel out of paying a large settlement to one person. If you have serious injuries that may affect you for the rest of your life, you will want to find a lawyer with a significant amount of trial experience, just in case your options come down to taking an extremely undervalued settlement or going to trial.
  • Find a lawyer who can demonstrate a long history of successful settlements and verdicts. Ask about the financial amounts of the settlements and verdicts the lawyer has won. Then, ask yourself if you would be happy with the outcome that lawyer can obtain for you.

I made the following Youtube Video called How to Select the Right Personal Injury Lawyer to help you out:

More About My Law Firm:

I consider myself a holistic personal injury lawyer, which means that I not only focus on obtaining the compensation you need to recover your body and finances, but I also work to help you heal your mind, spirit, and emotions as I tackle and resolve your case. My main goal is that you walk away with a settlement or verdict outcome that encourages optimal all-around well-being in your future.

This is because I have experienced traumatic injuries, as well as near-death experiences, and I have come out of those difficult times with a new and positive outlook on life. My staff and I want to help you experience the same results.

I am honored to be a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is made up of a group of reputable trial lawyers who have won multiple million dollar verdicts for their clients. I am also a proud member of Consumer Attorneys of California, the Brain Injury Association of California, and Capital City Trial Lawyers Association.

My efforts to educate the general public about their rights are exhibited on this website, AutoAccident.com, in thousands of articles I have written about personal injury on my blog, and in my published books, which can be found on Amazon:

History of High Claim Settlements & Case Verdicts

My track record of high claim settlements and case verdicts is an excellent comparison for you to use when you are searching for a lawyer. Feel free to visit my Past Verdicts and Settlements page to get an idea of the types of settlements and verdicts you should be seeking if you have sustained serious injuries in an accident.

You can also read what my clients have said about me and my staff on Avvo, Google Plus, and Yelp.

Manteca FAQs:

What are the most dangerous intersections in Manteca, CA?

Surprisingly, while many of us would assume that more accidents would happen on weekends or on Friday afternoons when everyone is heading home from work for the weekend, according to the results we found, Wednesdays experienced the highest amount of accidents in Manteca in 2013.

The following is a list of some of the most dangerous intersections in Manteca from January 2013 through December 31, 2013. That year, 142 victims were injured and 5 were killed in auto accidents in Manteca.

  • Route 99 and French Camp Rd
  • River Rd and Santa Fe Road
  • Guthmiller Road and Route 120
  • Southland Rd and Cottage Rd

Can you recommend a good chiropractor in Manteca?

Yes. The following two chiropractors in Manteca had excellent reviews on Yelp:

Watson Chiropractic
297 Spreckels Ave
Manteca, CA 95336
(209) 275-1123

Erdman Chiropractic Center
1126 N Main St.
Manteca, CA 95336
(209) 824-8090

Can you recommend a good repair shop in Manteca?

Yes. We discovered a couple of repair shops that had excellent reviews on Yelp:

Philips Auto Care
1003 Moffat Blvd
Manteca, CA 95336
(209) 239-1551

D&S Automotive
15257 Inheritance Way
Manteca, CA 95336
(209) 825-4988

Manteca Auto Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Manteca Personal Injury Lawyer. If you’ve been seriously injured in a car crash or other type of accident, please call me at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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!
    Sincerely, 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. ★★★★★