Redding Auto Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

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I’m Ed Smith, a Redding auto accident attorney. If you have been seriously injured in an accident in or near Redding, whether the injury was the result of a motor vehicle crash or otherwise, please call my office today at (530) 392-9400 locally or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice.

I think that 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 I choose to handle Redding cases from my 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, I’ve had clients that have traveled from Redding to my office in Sacramento because they needed the best personal injury lawyer for their particular wrongful death or serious personal injury case.

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

Transportation Costs and Overnight Lodging

Even though my office in Sacramento is not the most convenient for Redding residents, if you decide that you want a lawyer who can effectively advocate for you and increase your chances of obtaining compensation for your injuries, then give me a call today at (800) 404-5400.  If I think you have a good case and we are a good fit for one another, I would be happy to help you with your transportation and overnight lodging costs to come see me in Sacramento. There is no pressure at all, just give me a call and let’s go over the details of your case and see if I can help you recover compensation for your injuries.

But What If I Don’t Have The Money To Pay For An Experienced Personal Injury or Auto Accident Lawyer?

If I decide to take your serious personal injury case, I 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 case for most personal injury lawyers, many do not have their own financial resources to pay for all that is involved in bringing a serious personal injury case to trial.  My 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.

Choosing the Right Personal Injury Lawyer is Not an Easy Task

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 personal injury lawyer you should choose.  The task seems daunting, but having the right personal injury lawyer by your side to help you deal with some of these issues is an important decision as having the right 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 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 lawyer has significant trial experience; and,
  • Whether the lawyer has a history of successfully settling or winning personal injury cases.
Long History of High Case Verdicts and Settlements

I have been handling personal injury cases since 1982 and have a solid track record of high settlements and verdicts.  See what my clients think of me and my staff on Yelp, Avvo and Google Plus.
I am a believer in a holistic approach to personal injury cases. I look forward to helping you discover many positives in what could have been a financial, medical and emotional nightmare.

Memberships, Affiliations and Published Works

I am a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Consumer Attorneys of California. As well as the Brain Injury Association of California and Capital City Trial Lawyers Association.

I've authored thousands of interesting articles on personal injuries that can be viewed here.

I’ve published books relating to personal injury law which can be found on Amazon.com. The books include The Ultimate CA Auto Injury Handbook and The CA Motorcycle Accident Handbook.

Accidents and Injuries in 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; and
  • Pine Street at Tehama Street.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents

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; or,
  • 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 Serious Injuries in Redding

In addition to helping clients obtain compensation in serious motor vehicle accidents, I also assist Redding residents with serious personal 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; and
  • Wrongful death.
Redding FAQ

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

A:  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 a lawsuit later.

Q:  How Long Should I Wait To File A Lawsuit?

A:  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.

Q:  Why Should I Hire A Sacramento Lawyer?

A:  I’m not just any lawyer from Sacramento.  I am an attorney with extensive experience dealing with serious personal injury cases, and I am dedicated to my 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 attorney to handle your serious personal injury claim can increase your chances for a successful outcome in your case.

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Redding Personal Injury and Auto Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Redding Personal Injury Lawyer. If you’ve been seriously injured in a car crash or other type of accident, please call me at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

Look up my outstanding customer ratings on: Yelp, Avvo, and Google Plus.

Meet my office staff.

I am proud to be among the Million Dollar Advocates. We are a group of trial lawyers with multiple million dollar verdicts.

See my track record of high Past Verdicts and Settlements.

Practicing personal injury law exclusively since 1982.

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FAQ

I was in a recent car accident and did not have health insurance at the time. Is there any other way to get my hospital and medical bills paid right away?

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 medpay coverage, but I 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 personal injury lawyer can often convince the hospital or other 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.

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. ★★★★★