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Sonora Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer


Sonora is a city made up of just under 5,000 people located right on the edge of the Stanislaus National Forest. Sonora is a beautiful town with easy access to California’s most stunning natural landscapes and historical sites. The city offers residents a laid-back, friendly mountain atmosphere only two hours away from the Sacramento metropolitan area.

While Sonora is an excellent place to live, it is no stranger to vehicle accidents. Data from UC Berkeley showed there were  3,579 accidents in Tuolumne County from 2007 to 2018. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data indicated fatal head-on collisions are more likely to happen on rural roadways in places like Sonora.

Traffic Accidents in Sonora, CA

Accidents happen every day, and they are almost always unexpected. While it may be unlikely that you’ll be hurt in an accident on any given day, it only takes a single instant to leave people with injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives. When this happens, people are often unsure of how they will pay for their medical expenses, especially if they need to take time away from their job because of their trauma.

Those who have been seriously injured in accidents can often recover money for their losses by filing personal injury claims. Our firm helps people who’ve suffered major injuries claim the full amount of compensation that they deserve from negligent parties and their insurers.

Types of Injuries We Handle

Our law firm focuses exclusively on helping people who have suffered significant injuries. However, we handle a wide range of accident types. These include:

The “Personal” Personal Injury Attorney

We are referred to as the “personal” personal injury lawyers due to how we run our practice. When we take on a case, we prioritize understanding our client on a personal level. Having a personal connection with my clients allows us to better understand how their injuries have affected their lives. This understanding, in turn, makes us a more effective advocate during negotiations with insurers and while arguing in court.

Many lawyers prefer to have a more impersonal approach and keep a professional distance between their practice and their clients’ lives. While this approach can work for some people, we are proud to show compassion to the people we represent and think of our law firm as a family, and my clients are an important part.

Wrongful Death Cases

Tragically, accidents sometimes cause injuries that cost people their lives. Learning that your loved one passed away in an accident can be an overwhelming experience. Families often experience an intense period of grieving that comes with complex emotions that make it difficult to meet the demands of daily life. For these reasons, many people want to delay contacting an attorney. While it is essential to have the time you need to deal with your grief, it is also important to reach out to a lawyer as soon as you are able. The sooner a Sonora personal injury attorney can begin investigating your accident and working on your case, the more effectively they can ensure you receive compensation for the damages you have suffered.

No amount of money can truly compensate you for the love and care of a family member or friend. However, I believe that people deserve to have financial security after they’ve suffered such a tragic event. My job is to work with grieving families to know their case is being handled by an experienced professional.

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer in Sacramento

It is common for people to wonder why they would hire a lawyer from the nearest major city to look for an attorney from their immediate area. There are a couple of important reasons that hiring a Sacramento lawyer would make sense for a Sonora resident.

Firstly, personal injury law is complex and mastering; it takes a lot of experience. With serious injuries, the process of claiming compensation can be even more complicated. For this reason, it is vital to know that your attorney knows what they are doing and has successfully handled cases like yours in the past. Specializing in our practice has allowed us to focus exclusively on serious injury cases since 1982. However, we have only been able to specialize our practice because our office is located in Sacramento, a much larger client base than in smaller cities. Because smaller cities have a lower population, it can be hard to find an attorney who focuses on cases like yours.

Secondly, while many small-town law firms do excellent work, injury cases can be expensive. Insurers are often willing to put a lot of time and money into defending themselves, and your attorney must have the resources necessary for the job. Unfortunately, many small-town lawyers are not financially prepared to take on a major injury case. This can mean that your lawyer will accept a low-ball offer instead of taking your case to trial.

Finding the Right Attorney for You

Even if you think that we might not be the right lawyer for your needs, it is crucial to understand how you can ensure that a Sonora auto accident attorney has the skill and experience necessary to handle your case. There are a few simple steps that you can take to find out if the lawyers are respected in their community, has a good track record of verdicts and settlements, and are willing to do everything they can to ensure you receive the full payment that you deserve for the losses you’ve suffered.

Learn more about finding an excellent attorney by watching this video:

Personal Injury Attorneys in Sonora, CA 

Suffering an injury after a car accident can be life-changing. If you were hurt after a crash in the city of Sonora, call our experienced Sonora personal injury lawyers at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly case advice.

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, Google.

Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 7.7.21]

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"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.
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"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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"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.