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Redding is one of the most beautiful places in California with its location on the Sacramento River and in close proximity to Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen.  With the mountains, river, miles of trails, and close national parks, Redding has become a destination for outdoor enthusiasts.  Even TIME magazine named Redding the Unofficial Capital of Kayaking.

With a population of nearly 90,000 people, Redding is also the largest city in the Shasta Cascade region and is the fourth largest city in the Sacramento Valley.

Redding Residents In Search Of Solid Legal Representation

You may be asking yourself why we choose to handle Redding cases from our Sacramento office.  While there are law firms in Redding that can handle smaller personal injury cases, many do not have the resources or the right experience to tackle a serious personal injury case.  Therefore, we’ve had clients that have traveled from Redding to our office in Sacramento because they needed the best Redding car accident lawyer for their particular wrongful death or serious personal injury case.

Unlike many personal injury lawyers, we don’t just take any personal injury case, as we primarily handle only those cases that involve serious and devastating personal injuries. If your case involves soft tissue or other minor injuries we may be able to refer you to an attorney in Redding who handles those types of injury cases.

What If I Can't Afford An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer?

If I decide to take your serious personal injury case, we will take it on a contingency fee basis.  This means that our office doesn’t get paid unless and until you win your case.  While this is the situation for most personal injury lawyers in Redding, many do not have their own financial resources to pay for all that is involved in bringing a case to trial  Our office not only has the financial resources necessary to prepare and bring a personal injury case to trial but once at trial, our trial experience and dedication to our clients combine to create successful outcomes in our cases.

How to Choose the Right Redding Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Case

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you are probably overwhelmed with the pain or anxiety you are feeling, trying to navigate the recovery process, and maybe even figuring out your day-to-day finances if you are out of work due to your injury.  Thus, one of the last things on your mind might be which Redding personal injury attorney you should choose.  The task seems daunting, but having the right Redding car accident lawyer by your side to help you deal with some of these issues is an important decision as having the right accident lawyer can help increase your chances of a successful outcome in your case. Some things you should consider when choosing a personal injury lawyer are:

  • Whether the Redding, CA personal injury lawyer is dedicated and truly cares about you and your family;
  • Whether the lawyer practices only personal injury law – you definitely do not want to pick a lawyer who merely dabbles in personal injury law;
  • Whether the personal injury lawyer in Redding, CA has significant trial experience; and,
  • Whether the lawyer has a history of successfully settling or winning personal injury cases.

Watch the video below for more tips on how to select the right Redding personal injury lawyer for your case:

Most Dangerous Intersections in the City of Redding

With major thoroughfares Interstate 5 and State Route 299 running through Redding, it’s not surprising that the city sees many motor vehicle accidents, including those involving motorcycles, large trucks, and other commercial vehicles.  Not only do accidents occur on the major highways, but catastrophic collisions occur in some of the busier intersections in town.  These intersections include but are not limited to:

  • Market Street at Lake Boulevard
  • Market Street at Shasta Street
  • Cypress Avenue at Bechelli Lane
  • Cypress Avenue at Hilltop Drive
  • Pine Street at Tehama Street
Most Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Collisions

No matter whether a motor vehicle accident happens on a major highway or local street when they do occur, it’s usually because:

  • People fail to pay attention to the road and their surroundings, as is the case when one decides to text and drive
  • People decide to drive after drinking alcohol or doing drugs
  • People decide to drive when tired
  • Someone is not driving appropriately during inclement weather
  • People fail to obey traffic laws, like those who speed or run red lights
  • Because sometimes there is a mechanical issue or failure in a vehicle, such as a shredded tire or engine fire

Regardless of what actually causes the accident, some of these motor vehicle accidents result in serious and devastating injuries that can have lasting adverse effects on a victim’s everyday life.  These injuries can include: traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, lacerations or burns, and in some extreme cases an accident can be fatal.

Other Types of Personal Injury Cases

As a Redding, CA personal injury attorney, we help clients obtain fair compensation for serious motor vehicle accidents and other types of injury cases that were the result of:

  • A dog bite or other animal bite
  • Bicycle accidents
  • All-terrain vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Recreational or sports accidents
  • A slip and fall
  • Defective or dangerous products
  • Wrongful death
Redding FAQ

What is the first thing I should do if I have been involved in a serious auto accident in Redding?

If you have been involved in a serious auto accident in Redding, it is important that you call 911 right away.  However, if no one is injured, it still may be a good idea to report the accident by calling the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200.  You will be directed to press “0” and your call will be routed to SHASCOM, which is the dispatch at the Shasta Area Safety Communications Agency.

Next, it is important to seek medical attention from a doctor or other health care provider.  If you have sustained serious injuries, going to the hospital right away, and seeing a health care provider is imperative for your own personal well-being.  Take care of yourself first, and worry about hiring a Redding personal injury attorney to handle your lawsuit later.

When should I file a personal injury lawsuit in California?

Before you file a lawsuit, it is important to contact any insurance companies that might be involved to let them know that you have been injured in an accident.  This way, you will have an open claim file, and the negotiation process can begin.  However, if you do end up having to file a lawsuit, you usually have only two years from the date of injury in which to file the suit, and if the suit is against the government, that amount of time is decreased to six months.  Thus, in order to preserve your claim, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

Why Should I Hire A Sacramento Lawyer?

We're not just any lawyers from Sacramento. We are attorneys with extensive experience dealing with serious personal injury cases, and we are dedicated to our clients.  Many lawyers either just dabble in personal injury law or don’t have the right experience or little experience dealing with serious personal injuries.  Hiring the right accident attorney to handle your personal injury case can increase your chances for full and fair financial compensation.

I was injured in a recent car accident and have no health insurance. How do I pay for my hospital and medical expenses?

One thing to check right away is to see if you have “Medpay” insurance on your car insurance. If you do, you can submit the bills to your own auto insurance and they will pay the bills up to the limits you have on the policy. Most people seem to have around $5000 med pay coverage, but we encourage clients to up that to at least $10,000.

Another possibility is to check to see if you qualify for the Medi-Cal program. This is an income-based program, but if you are not earning a great deal of money you can qualify for it and they will even enroll you retroactively so your bills from the accident are covered.

Finally, a good Redding auto accident attorney can often convince the hospital or another medical provider to take a “lien” on the case, so that they are paid at the end of the case. That way, they will not hound you for the bills every month.

Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers in Redding, CA

I’m Ed Smith, a Redding personal injury attorney. If you have suffered a serious injury after an auto accident in Redding or elsewhere in Shasta County, call us at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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

See our verdicts and settlements as well as our client reviews on AvvoYelp, and Google.

Practicing personal injury law exclusively since 1982.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 1.19.21]

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