Tracy Personal Injury and Auto Accident Lawyer
Welcome to my Tracy page. I’m Ed Smith, a Tracy personal injury and auto accident lawyer and founder of www.AutoAccident.com.
It’s easy to fall in love with the city of Tracy, which is situated inside of the triangle created by the major interstates 5, 205, and 580. Tracy offers a more affordable and slower lifestyle than the San Francisco Bay Area, making it a great place to settle down and raise a family. Those fortunate enough to live in – or visit – Tracy can enjoy the numerous wineries and events at The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. There is also plenty of shopping to do at the local outlet stores and charming, village-style shops.
Not to mention, it’s only an hour trip to Sacramento, San Francisco, or San Jose.Serving Tracy Residents Seriously Injured in an Accident
If you have landed on my website, you are more than likely unsure of how to find a skilled personal injury lawyer who can obtain the compensation you deserve.
My firm does not take on every case that walks in the door. If your injuries are soft-tissue-related or minor, perhaps I can refer you to a personal injury lawyer in Tracy who has experience handling cases that are less serious. I exclusively handle serious cases that involve catastrophic injuries and or wrongful death.
You may be wondering why I handle personal injury cases for residents of Tracy in my Sacramento office. Certainly, there are excellent lawyers in the Tracy area that have experience handling personal injury cases of a smaller caliber. Most of them do not have the same resources that my firm has, nor do they have the experience it takes to pursue a serious personal injury case.
Clients from the Tracy area have traveled to my Sacramento office or Stockton office because they wanted highly experienced legal representation for their serious personal injury or wrongful death claim. They did not want to regret their decision after their personal injury claims were said and done.You Only Get One Chance
You only get one shot at your case, so, of course, you want to find the best lawyer to handle your serious injury or wrongful death claim. As you are searching for the right legal representation, keep in mind that there are several things you should look for.
For example, I personally checked out the personal injury lawyers in the Tracy area and I found that several had two- or three- star reviews and client complaints on Yelp. Others had complaints and low amount of stars on Avvo.com. Because you only get one shot, you want to do your research online and make sure that your choice is the right one the first time around.Tips for Finding an Experienced Tracy, CA Personal Injury Lawyer
Here are a few more tips to guide you while you are searching for the right lawyer:
- Look for a lawyer who takes on personal injury cases exclusively. There is something to be said about experience, and while there is nothing wrong with practicing multiple areas of law, attorneys who focus on personal injury law tend to know the nuances involved with personal injury cases, as well as how to negotiate with insurance companies and when to take a case to trial, if necessary.
- When you chat with potential lawyers, you will get a “gut feeling” about each one. Trust your instinct. It is vital to find a lawyer who makes you feel comfortable and truly cares about you, your family, your needs, desires, and getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
- In the event your case does indeed need to go to trial, it is crucial to choose a personal injury attorney who is not only familiar with courtroom procedures, but also feels comfortable and confident fighting a personal injury lawsuit in a trial against large insurance agencies. Personal injury trials can be incredibly expensive, as well, therefore, you will want to choose a law firm that also has the resources to take the case all the way to trial if the insurance company does not offer you a fair settlement.
- Be sure to ask about prior settlements and verdicts that potential lawyers have won in the past. You want an attorney who has fought for and scored high amounts in settlements and verdicts for their clients, not someone who is apt to settle for whatever the insurance agency tosses at them.
Here is a Youtube Video that I created that will help you make a good choice in selecting a personal injury attorney.Common Types of Accidents in Tracy, CA
Some of the cases I handle include:
- Auto accidents
- Truck collisions
- Motorcycle accidents
- Dog bite incidents
- Pedestrian or bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bus crashes
- Slip and fall incidents
- Traumatic brain injuries
If you have suffered serious injuries in any type of accident in Tracy, CA, I would love to talk to you. Call me today at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400. Let’s see if we are a good fit. I don’t charge for consultations, so you have nothing to lose.I Can’t Afford a Highly Experienced Personal Injury Attorney!
If I choose to take on your case, you do not have to worry about the cost of a personal injury attorney, because I take serious injury cases on a contingency basis. This is usually the case with most personal injury lawyers. However, there is a big difference between my law firm and many other personal injury law firms.
Many of the smaller to medium sized law firms prefer to haggle it out with the insurance companies and advise their clients that a settlement offer is the best that they can do. My law firm, on the other hand, has the financial resources to take a serious, and often lengthy, personal injury case all the way to trial, if that is what we have to do to get you the compensation that you are entitled to. Plus, I am not afraid to face the often large and intimidating insurance companies, because I have a knack for success in these types of cases.
My Past Verdicts and Settlements page will give you an idea of what I can do for you.If You Don’t Get Paid, I Don’t Get Paid
Like I have already said, I handle cases on a contingency basis. This means that if you don’t receive compensation for your claim, I do not charge you any fees for my services.
That’s only fair.Obtaining the Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries
I understand the challenges that come with being seriously injured in an unexpected accident. You are in pain and most likely worried about how you are going to pay those bills that are piling up to the ceiling. You are worried about your house, your car, and your family and your body seems to be fighting you every step of the way.
My staff and I will be fervently working on your case while you, your family, and your medical providers are focusing on your recovery. Sure, you want to settle your case as quickly as possible so that you can pay your bills and move forward with your life. However, unlike many other personal injury lawyers who will settle cases quickly just to get paid, I will advise you if it is in your best interest to hold out for a much higher settlement or to take the case to trial.
My goal is to obtain the maximum compensation that I can for each and every client I work with. If you have suffered serious, life-altering injuries and the insurance agency is not offering you a fair settlement offer, call my office today at (800) 404-5400.More About My Law Firm:
I have been helping seriously injured clients, as well as clients who have lost loved ones to wrongful death, since 1982. My track record is solid and my client feedback speaks for itself. Feel free to browse Google Plus, Avvo, and Yelp to hear what my past clients have said about me and my staff.
You can also read my biography to find out more about me on a personal level. You can meet my amazing staff here. If I decide to take your case, we will all be part of your support system as you recover from your injuries.
I am a longstanding member of the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Brain Injury Association of California. I am also proud to say that I am part of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Besides practicing law, I love to write and educate people about their rights. I have authored thousands of published articles related to personal injuries, as well as books about vehicular and motorcycle accidents. My books are available for purchase on Amazon.com:
Although there is a general assumption that most accidents that result in serious injuries occur on busy highways and interstates, only 13.3 percent of Tracy auto accidents occur on state highways.
Catastrophic accidents have more often happened at some of the busier intersections of Tracy. The following is a list of intersections in Tracy where dangerous accidents occurred between 2012 and 2013:
- 11th St. at 9th St.
- Central Ave. at 8Tth St.
- 9th St. at Tracy Blvd.
- 11th St. at Roosevelt St.
- Tracy Blvd. at Tennis Lane
- 10th St. at Tracy Blvd.
- W. 12th St. at Tracy Blvd.
- Beechnut Ave. at Palm Circle
- 11th St. at Taft Ave.
- Central Ave. at 6th St.
- 9th St. at A St.
What steps should I take if I have been involved in a serious car accident in Tracy?
Whenever a serious car accident occurs, the first thing anyone should do is call 9-1-1 immediately. The Tracy Police Department will respond to that call and arrive at the scene as soon as they can. If you are too injured to do anything else at the scene of the accident, stay put and wait until an ambulance comes to transport you to the hospital.
However, if you are still able to function at the scene, you should try to snap pictures of the damage to your car and the damage to the other driver’s car if, and only if, it is safe to do so. Also try to take pictures that will show the positioning of the accident. For example, if the accident happened at an intersection, try to get pictures that show how the accident occurred.
Even if you do not think that you have sustained injuries, you should seek medical attention. Shock can kick in quite quickly when an individual has been in a car accident, protecting them from feeling the pain of injuries. If you have been seriously injured, however, you should go to the hospital immediately to ensure that you start your treatment as soon as possible.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Personal injury lawsuits can cost up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue.
Before running to court and filing a personal injury claim, you want to file the proper claims with insurance companies. Because California is considered a “fault” insurance state, you can file an insurance claim with your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company. Some people prefer to file a claim with their own insurance company, which will then turn around and seek compensation from the other driver’s insurance company.
Unfortunately, most people do not carry more than the California limits for insurance. This means that the insurance policy will cover up to $5000 if your vehicle has been damaged and $15,000 if you have been injured. However, those hospital bills can add up fast, and $15,000 will not even cover a fraction of medical bills for most serious injuries that require long-term medical care.
In that case, you typically only have two years from the date your injury occurred to file a personal injury lawsuit in California. Another thing to take into consideration is that insurance companies do not always offer settlements to cover all of your incurred medical bills, let alone bills for future medical care you will need. In order to ensure you get the compensation you will need to fully recover, you should talk to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident.
Can you recommend a good chiropractor in Tracy?
Yes. The following chiropractor had great reviews on Yelp:
Valley Chiropractic Center
438 W Beverly Place
Tracy, CA 95376
Can you recommend a reputable repair shop in Tracy?
Yes. The following repair shop has a long list of excellent reviews on Yelp:
2461 Holly Drive
Tracy, CA 95376
Image Attribution: By Michael Aivaliotis (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons