Red Bluff Wrongful Death Lawyer


Accidents happen in an instant and often cost people their lives. If you are currently reading this, you may have recently lost a person you care about because of a preventable accident. If this is the case, it’s likely that you feel immense grief and possible that you are facing major personal and financial challenges because of your loss.

As Red Bluff wrongful death lawyers, our mission is to help grieving families and dependents recover the compensation they deserve following fatal accidents, affording them the security they need to recover and move forward with their lives.

We Are Experts in Major Injury Cases

Many law firms will take on all kinds of cases, hoping to increase profits by expanding their client base. However, our law firm has exclusively handled major injury and wrongful death cases for nearly four decades. This means that we are experts when it comes to wrongful death cases.

This is important because wrongful death cases are often complicated, meaning that financially liable parties are usually willing to put considerable resources into defending themselves from responsibility. With such aggressive defense, it’s important to have an attorney who has ample experience dealing with high-value cases and knows how to investigate accidents, negotiate with insurance companies, and argue for their clients in court.

While we only take serious injury or wrongful death cases, there are several different accident types that our firm handles. These include:

  • Car accidents
  • Boat accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Plane accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Products liability
  • Construction accidents
  • Farm accidents
  • Workplace death
  • Dog bites
Calling an Attorney Early On is Important

People who’ve suffered the loss of a loved one often feel overwhelmed by grief and may experience an intense mix of emotions, including anger, fear, sadness, and even confusion. After such a traumatic experience, it’s important to take time to cope with your grief and be with people you love. However, because fatal accidents can also leave families with serious financial problems, it’s also essential to reach out to a Red Bluff wrongful death attorney at your earliest opportunity.

If your lawyer can get to work right away, they’ll be more able to make sure liable parties are held responsible so that your family receives fair compensation for damages. Additionally, knowing that your case is in the hands of an experienced professional can help you focus on the important task of emotional healing.

Understanding the Grieving Process

Losing somebody you care about is never easy, but losing someone in a sudden, unpredictable accident can be even more difficult. Thankfully, you aren’t alone, and there are plenty of people who have experienced similar losses. To learn more about grief and how it relates to deadly accidents, take a moment to read this informative article from our firm. If you’d like a brief overview of the stages of grief, watch the following video:

Fatal Auto Accidents in Red Bluff and Tehama County

The following information is gathered from reports by area traffic agencies, including the Red Bluff Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and Tehama County Sheriff’s Office. According to the available data, there were 3,012 traumatic auto accidents in Tehama County between 2009 and 2020, 147 of which involved fatal injuries. In Red Bluff exclusively, there were 752 accidents in the same period, 11 of which were fatal. Additionally, around 44 percent of deadly accidents in Tehama County happened on state highways, while most occurred on municipal or county roadways.

The following collision factors were the most common causes of deadly accidents in Tehama County during the time period. Each factor is listed next to the number of accidents caused:

  • Improper turning, 54
  • Driving under the influence, 35
  • Speeding, 17
  • Pedestrian violations, 9
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road, 7
  • Right of way violations, 6

Less common causes included unsafe lane changing, improper passing, and traffic signal violations.

What Kind of Compensation is Available Through Wrongful Death Claims?

Losing someone that you love can also mean losing a major source of income for your household. In other cases, you may no longer have access to valuable services that your loved one used to take care of. These services can be important and difficult to replace and include childcare, cooking, cleaning, home maintenance, and more. Furthermore, families may be left with medical bills from treatment the decedent received before passing away. On top of all of this, paying for funeral and burial services can be incredibly expensive.

Fortunately, all of these losses can be covered through wrongful death claims. Because these losses come with easily identifiable prices, they are considered economic damages. In addition to these economic damages, families can also pursue compensation for non-economic damages related to their personal suffering.

Finding a Trustworthy Lawyer

One of the main reasons that families put off calling a lawyer is because they aren’t sure how to find somebody they know they can trust with their case. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to get in touch with a trustworthy Red Bluff wrongful death attorney if you know how to search for one. For more information about finding the right attorney for your case, watch this video:

Red Bluff Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Red Bluff wrongful death lawyer. Losing a family member or friend can be devastating. If your life was changed by a traumatic accident, please call us at your earliest opportunity to receive free, friendly advice about your situation. We can be contacted at (800) 404-5400 and (530) 392-9400.

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

Before hiring a personal injury lawyer, it is best to look at their client reviews and a list of past case results. See our client ratings on AvvoGoogle, and Yelp, and our past cases on our Verdicts and Settlements page.

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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.
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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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