Ukiah, CA Personal Injury and Auto Accident Attorney (707) 564-1900

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As the largest city in Mendocino County, CA, Ukiah is the center of activity for the county. It was recently cited by a top travel guide as the best small town to reside in California and was named the 6th best small town in the country. Ukiah, named after the word that meant deep valley which was used by the indigenous people who lived in the area, was first settled by ranchers in the 1850s. In 1958, the first post office opened in the town, which at that point had a population of about a hundred people. As such, it was large enough to be considered the county seat when the state formed the county of Mendocino in 1859. The town was finally incorporated in 1876, and in 1889, a railroad finally connected the town to San Francisco.

At present, Ukiah boasts a population of about 16,000 people. It is best known as a wine-producing area and is the base of several large wineries. It lies just two hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge and is well situated to be the next boomtown around the Bay Area.

Hi, I am attorney Ed Smith and I provide personal injury legal representation for clients from Ukiah. I am an Air Force Veteran, the principal attorney of this law firm, a graduate from the McGeorge School of Law in 1982 and I started my legal career in the State of California. I am a lover of music, including electronica and blues. I take full advantage of adventurous travel opportunities when I have the chance and when I am not in court advocating for my clients.

Personal Injury Legal Services for Ukiah Residents

I will never deny my origins in New York. However, I have made my home and practice in California for over thirty years. My law firm, the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith, has been serving clients up and down the California coast with high-value, severe personal injury, and wrongful death cases. My clients are unequivocal in their praise for the caliber of representation they received from me. For example, my firm’s social media presence on Yelp and Google Plus has received nothing but excellent reviews. I have also received top AVVO ratings (10 stars out of 10).

An attorney’s area of focus matters and I focus my practice on personal injury law solely since I began practicing law in the 1980s. A specific focus on an area of law is an outstanding quality that prospective clients should examine for when looking for legal representation. It indicates an intimate knowledge of a particular area of law, along with the nuances and special procedures that may be involved. I offer this type of seasoned legal counsel to clients. I am well-versed in the necessary arguments to establish a defendant’s liability, collect the valid evidence to support a case, and how to advocate aggressively for clients before insurance corporations who not have their best interests at heart.

Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney

Even if you decide not to choose me today to help you with your injury claim, please take a moment to watch this video I made that will help you select the right personal injury attorney.

Types of Vehicle Crashes

There are many different kinds of vehicle crashes, and the potential severity of injuries involved depends on upon each situation.

General Vehicle Crashes

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 3,074 fatal vehicle accidents in the state in 2014. Nationally, there were 29,989 fatal vehicle accidents in the country during the same year, which resulted in 32,675 total deaths. Of the total number of fatalities, 12,507 deaths were of people who were driving cars, which amounts to 38 percent of the total fatalities in 2014.

Pedestrians

In California, pedestrian fatalities account for 697 deaths in 2014. Nationally, pedestrian fatalities in motor vehicle crashes have dramatically decreased over the last two decades but still comprise 15 percent of all crash fatalities. There were 4,884 pedestrian fatalities in 2014, which is 35 percent lower as compared with 1975 and 2 percent lower since the previous year.

Motorcycles

Motorcycle accident deaths rose to 519 in California in 2014, as compared with 463 in 2013. Nationwide, 4,295 motorcyclists died in vehicle crashes. Motorcycle fatalities comprised 13 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2014. Although motorcycles are capable of high performance, they tend to be less visible than other vehicles and offer less stability. Motorcycles do not provide riders the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so motorcyclists are more likely to be killed or suffer injuries.

Trucks

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that California has recorded the most truck accidents in the last ten years out of all the states. Nearly nine percent of all fatal crashes in California involved at least one large commercial truck. Data from DOT reveals that most fatalities in large truck crashes involve occupants of passenger vehicles. The primary issue surrounding this is that individuals traveling in smaller vehicles are more vulnerable to large truck crashes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Ukiah:

Do you know any good chiropractors in Ukiah?

Yes. I have found the following Chiropractor through YELP that has great reviews.

Corcoran Chiropractic
680 S. Orchard Avenue
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 744-4129

Who can you recommend in Ukiah for good auto repair services?

Yes. The auto repair shop listed below had extensive positive reviews and ratings on YELP.

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair
850 S. State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 462-1126

Where are the most dangerous intersections in Ukiah?

Yes. I have listed the following intersections with the most accidents in Ukiah.

  • CLARA AV & MYRON ST
  • SCHOOL ST & STEPHENSON ST
  • RT 101 & PERKINS ST
  • NORTH STATE ST & LOW GAP RD
  • NORTH STATE ST & MAGNOLIA ST
  • NORTH STATE ST & NORTON ST
  • BRUSH ST & MAZZONI ST
  • EAST PERKINS ST & RT 101
  • EAST PERKINS ST & POMEROY AV
  • NORTH STATE ST & WEST STANDLEY ST
  • OAK MANOR DR & MOHAWK DR
  • WEST CLAY ST & S BARNES ST
  • NORTH STATE ST & BRUSH ST
  • NORTH BUSH ST & ARLINGTON DR
  • SOUTH ORCHARD AV & PEACH ST
  • OAK MANOR DR & EL RIO ST
Ukiah Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Ukiah Personal Injury Lawyer. If you or a family member has been seriously hurt in an accident, please call me today at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

Give me a call so we can go over the details of your case. If I feel we are a good match for one another and that your case is a solid one, I will pay for your transportation and overnight hotel stay for you to come visit me at my Sacramento office. That way you can avoid making the long trip back and forth in the same day.

Read my favorable client feedback on: Yelp, Avvo, and Google Plus.

Meet my friendly staff.

I’m a California Million Dollar Advocate Forum Member. Trial attorneys in the forum have won multiple million dollar settlements and case verdicts.

View the results of my law office here: Past Verdicts and Settlements.

I’ve been practicing in personal injury law exclusively since 1982.

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. ★★★★★