Nevada City Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyer


Nevada City is undoubtedly one of Northern California's hidden gems. The town is one of the best-preserved Gold Rush cities in the nation and is nestled in a breathtaking basin in the Sierra Nevada's Western Slope. Residents enjoy panoramic views of beautiful forests, ridges, and promontories. It's no stretch to say that Nevada City is a special place. However, even a tiny town like Nevada City sees its share of accidents.

Our lawyers at proudly represent residents of Nevada County who have suffered severe injuries in traumatic accidents. If you have been hurt in a ​crash caused by someone else's negligence, call our experienced attorneys at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for a free consultation.

Types of Cases Handled by Our Personal Injury Law Firm

Our law firm focuses on serious injuries over a variety of accident types. The types of cases we handle include:

The "Personal" Personal Injury Lawyers

We're known to many as the "personal" personal injury lawyers because we always prioritize the well-being of our clients. When working with clients, we understand their needs, hopes, and feelings to ensure they get the best help possible. 

How a Lawyer Can Help You with a Wrongful Death Case

We are very aware of the overwhelming grief of a fatal accident. Losing somebody you care about often brings on a wave of intense emotions that can be confusing and difficult to manage. The knowledge that your loved one's death could have been avoided if it wasn't for another party's negligent behavior often makes these feelings even harder. 

There is a good reason these accidents are called "wrongful death cases." Our priority is to help you claim the compensation you deserve to recover financially and personally after you've endured such a tragic loss.

Helping Injured Northern California Residents

Our experienced injury lawyers and staff live in various cities throughout our region. We love it here - the natural beauty of Northern California cannot be rivaled. On any given weekend, you can usually find a number of us exploring some of the towns we serve. Our dedication to smaller Northern California cities is proven by our case results. 

Importantly, we have the financial resources to properly advocate for severely injured clients. Major injury cases require special care. There are several advantages to having our firm handle your case over a smaller firm - one being that we work with top expert witnesses who frequently play a crucial role in reaching a successful settlement or verdict. 

Another advantage is the confidence you can have that we won't accept a low-ball settlement on your case because we do not have the financial resources to pursue it further. We do have those resources, and we have a proven record of taking suitable cases. 

Handling Personal Injury Cases on a Contingency Fee Basis

Accident attorneys can be expensive. Many injured people are worried they can't afford a Nevada City personal injury lawyer or will be left with a severe financial burden if their lawyer cannot successfully resolve their case. However, we take severe injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning that we do not ask for lawyers' fees unless we can win or settle your case for the amount you deserve. Operating our firm this way means we can help people who would otherwise not hire a first-rate attorney to help them.

How to Choose the Best Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Case

Most likely, you've seen plenty of law firm advertisements online, on television, in newspapers, on billboards, and more. Many of these ads quickly make a big promise and flash high success rates. However, we can tell you that very few of these lawyers are genuinely ready to do everything they can to ensure you receive the money you need.

You may not think we're the best law firm for your needs, which is fine. However, we'd still like to offer advice on what to look for when deciding on a Nevada City personal injury attorney. Here are some of the ways of finding a reputable lawyer to handle your personal injury case:

  • Lawyer's Reputation - If you are considering hiring a lawyer, you shouldn't take everything they tell you at face value. It's always a good idea to ensure they are respected by the communities they serve. All you need to do is visit a lawyer's profiles on sites like Google, Yelp, Avvo, and Facebook. Because the reviews and ratings left on these sites are not published by the attorney, they will let you know what others honestly think about that lawyer's work.
  • Lawyer's Experience - Your lawyer must have ample personal injury law experience. Ask the attorney if they handle personal injury exclusively and have worked on cases like yours. Furthermore, you should check if the lawyer has courtroom experience and whether they would be comfortable seeing your case through trial. Many times, all it takes is asking a lawyer if they would go to court with your case. The attorney's answer can tell you a lot about whether or not they are really prepared.
  • Lawyer's Verdicts and Settlements - A good, experienced lawyer will have a history of verdicts and settlements and should be happy to share them with you. Ask the lawyer how they have helped their clients and the settlement amount awarded. Many lawyers have web pages to read a list of their settlements and verdicts. 
  • Lawyer's Resources - Sadly, many lawyers simply lack the resources to take a case to court. Money shouldn't prevent you from holding responsible parties liable for the damages they have caused.

For advice on how to find the best personal injury lawyer in Nevada City to represent you, watch the video below:

Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Nevada City, CA

Motor vehicle collisions can have devastating consequences. If your life has been affected by an accident-related injury, please call our Nevada City personal injury attorneys at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 to receive free and friendly advice.

We've helped residents of Nevada City claim fair compensation for their wrongful death and personal injury cases since 1982.

We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

See a list of our past cases on our verdicts and settlements page and our client reviews on AvvoYelp, and Google.

Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 1.11.23]

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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.