Roseville Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
My office specializes in car accidents, rear-enders, broadside accidents, head-on collisions, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and more. Below are just some of the ways Roseville residents are injured in car accidents.
- Congested roads - Car accidents often take place on congested roads. A congested traffic area in Roseville is the Interstate 80 and State Route 65 interchange. Designed in the 1980s, this interchange is struggling to keep up with the growing amount of traffic received these days. On evening commutes, traffic on Eastbound I-80 is backed up over one mile back from SR 65.
- Intersections - Sometimes a distracted driver slams into the rear of a stopped car causing a rear-end accident. Broadside and head-on collisions are also common types of accidents that often take place at intersections. Some of the more trafficked roads in the area where intersection accidents occur include Washington Blvd, Foothills Blvd, Blue Oaks Blvd, Junction Blvd, Pleasant Grove Blvd, and Douglas Blvd.
Regardless of how or where the crash took place, you will need a good Roseville car accident lawyer and I can help.Serving Injured Residents in Roseville
If you shop around, you will quickly discover that I am one of the highest-rated attorneys representing clients in Placer County and that I have been practicing personal injury law in the area since 1982. I take all cases very personally and always get the best possible outcome for my clients and keep their best interests in mind at all times.
My firm is known as the "personal" personal injury law firm because we really take the time to get to know you, your background, and your hopes and dreams. We believe in helping you and your family find positives in what could otherwise be an emotional, economic and medical disaster.
The video below discusses how to choose a personal injury attorney.Other Types of Injuries
We focus exclusively on personal injury law. This encompasses these types of injuries, and many, many more:
- Defective Medical Devices
- Dog Bites
- Drug Products Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Mesothelioma and Asbestos
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Products Liability
- Traumatic Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- Workers' Compensation
- Wrongful Death
Q: I’ve noticed a lot of horseplay in the Roseville Galleria, and I’m just wondering whether a shopping mall like the Galleria would be responsible if someone was injured in their mall?
A: Good question and the answer is that it depends. The first question would be how the injury arose. Some of the injuries that occur in shopping malls are slip and fall cases, falling object cases, shopping cart injuries, overcrowding injuries and parking lot claims. Injury claims are more frequent when shopping malls are more crowded. More injuries occur on Black Friday and the frenzied Christmas season. If an injury occurs in a shopping mall, there must be some negligence on the part of the mall owner or a store owner that causes your injury. A store or mall must act reasonably and do whatever they can to abate dangerous or potentially dangerous conditions. For example, if a store knows that crowds of people are running pell-mell through a mall and causing a commotion which might lead to a fall and if the mall does not correct that situation, that likely is a situation where an injury would be compensable. Another situation might be where there is a wet floor because someone mopped and failed to put up a wet floor sign. In general, an injured party must prove the mall or shops in the mall had notice of a dangerous condition (or would have had noticed if they had done reasonable inspections), that the store failed to correct the condition, and the failure resulted in an injury. If the shopping mall or a store therein is responsible, they must pay damages including medical bills past and future, lost earnings past and future as well as pain and suffering damages.
Q: I had two accidents within 15 minutes of each other. I had an accident with over $10,000 damage to my car first. Then, on the way to the hospital, the ambulance I was in was struck and overturned and I was hurt even worse. By the time I got to the hospital and was diagnosed, I had a fractured tibia, a torn meniscus, and several fractured ribs. I’m not sure how I can prove what injury happened in the first accident and what injury happened in the second. A friend of mine in law school said I’m out of luck unless I can prove beyond a reasonable doubt who caused which injury. Am I out of luck?
A: Listen to your law school buddy about who will win Sunday’s football game, but please ignore him and get someone who knows personal injury law to answer your accident and injury questions. That’s me and glad you asked. I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville personal injury lawyer and I’ve been handling serious injury cases since 1982. In California, when there are two back to back accidents like you were in, the burden shifts to the defendants to try to prove which of your injuries came from each accident. If they can’t do this (and they can’t) then they are both responsible for your injuries and damage. So, if the first driver had $15,000 per person insurance coverage and was driving a car owned by a friend that also had $15,000 coverage, there would be $30,000 available for your injuries from the first accident. If the ambulance had $100,00 per person (A normal ambulance coverage) there would be another $100,000 in coverage for a total of $130,00 in possible coverage. Additionally, if you had higher limits than that of Underinsured Motorist coverage, you’d be able to tap into that as well.
Q: Where are the most frequent auto accidents and car crashes in Roseville?
A: Cirby Way at Sunrise Avenue has the most accidents in recent years followed closely by Sunrise Avenue and Melody Lane. Other locations in Roseville where there are a lot of crashes are Blue Oaks Boulevard at Washington Boulevard and Foothills Boulevard and Pleasant Grove Boulevard. Douglas Boulevard at Eureka Road and Sunrise Avenue at Douglas also see a lot of accidents. If you were in a serious accident at one of these locations, it's always wise to seek an experienced Roseville auto accident attorney to see if there are any design defects in those roadways that caused or contributed to your accident.
Q: What qualifies as a personal injury?
A: Personal injury can occur in many different situations. The most common personal injury cases include a car crash, pedestrian injury, dog bite, slip and fall, medical malpractice, among many others. A personal injury can also include intentional acts such as assault and battery, defamation and other intentional torts.Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers in Roseville
I'm Ed Smith, a Roseville Personal Injury Attorney. If you have been injured in an accident please call to schedule a free consultation now by calling 916.921.6400 or 800.4045400. Always free, friendly advice.
I have been serving the legal needs of Roseville area residents since 1982.
Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 11.7.19]