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Sonora Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

mountainAccidents 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 be able to 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 are often able to recover money for their losses by filing personal injury claims. My 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

My practice 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

During my time as a Sonora personal injury lawyer, I have earned the above nickname. I am referred to as the “personal” personal injury lawyer due to the way that I choose to run my practice. When I take on a case, I make it a priority to understand my client on a personal level. I often take trips out to my clients’ homes to meet with them and their families. I believe that having a personal connection with my clients allows me to better understand how their injuries have affected their lives. This understanding, in turn, makes me 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, I am proud to show compassion to the people I represent and think of my 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 along 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 that 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 so that they can know their case is being handled by an experienced professional.

Representing Residents of Sonora

Sonora was originally settled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1848 by miners from Sonora, Mexico. Now it 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 some of California’s most stunning natural landscapes and historical sites. The city itself offers residents a laid-back, friendly mountain atmosphere only around two hours away from the Sacramento metropolitan area.

While Sonora is an excellent place to live, it is no stranger to vehicle accidents. Statistics published by research groups at UC Berkeley stated that, during 2007-2018, there were  3,579 accidents in Tuolumne County that left people with traumatic injuries. Furthermore, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that fatal head-on collisions are more likely to happen on rural roadways in places like Sonora.

Hiring a Sacramento Lawyer

While I love to visit Sonora and the surrounding area, my office and my home are both located in Sacramento. It is common for people to wonder why they would hire a lawyer from the nearest major city when they could 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 he or she is doing and has successfully handled cases like yours in the past. Specializing my practice has allowed me to focus exclusively on serious injury cases for more than 37 years. However, I have only been able to specialize my practice because my office is located in Sacramento, where there is 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 it is important that your attorney has 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 I might not be the right lawyer for your needs, it is crucial to understand how you can make sure 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 in order 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 in order 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 

I’m Ed Smith, a Sonora personal injury lawyer. Suffering an injury after a car accident can be life-changing. If you were hurt after a crash in the city of Sonora, call me at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400 so I can provide you my free, friendly legal advice on your situation.

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 Avvo, Yelp, Google.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 6.25.20]

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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.
"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.