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Yuba City Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer


Yuba City is located at the center of the Sutter Buttes within the Central Valley of California. Yuba City is best known for its small-town charm and unique blend of wildlife and urban amenities. With a population of roughly 66,860, the chances of finding yourself involved in a catastrophic accident can be high.

If you have been injured in a car crash in Yuba City, please call our injury lawyers today for free, friendly advice. We are personal injury attorneys who have been helping injured people in Sutter County, Yuba County, and throughout Northern California since 1982. You can contact our law office anytime by calling (530) 392-9400.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

Our personal injury law firm handles cases across a variety of different accident types such as:

Traffic Accidents in Yuba City, CA

Accidents in Yuba City can take place on any roadway. Some of the more traumatic and deadly collisions occur on Highway 99. In Yuba City, 99 is built to freeway standards. However, it does contain people commuting from Sacramento or Chico, sometimes at high rates of speed. Drunk drivers, distracted drivers, negligent truck drivers, and others often cause crashes on 99 or 99/20 interchange.

While there are not many high-speed roads in Yuba City itself, accidents can and do occur. Of course, not all car wrecks in Yuba City take place on these roads. Crashes also happen on Highway 113 and at major intersections, parking lots, convenience stores, and nearby school zones.

If you were injured in a motorcycle, car, or big rig accident, you may be in pain and feel uncertain about making sure that you are treated fairly. The truth is, the parties involved in the crash, insurance adjusters, and even some car accident lawyers often have their own best interests in mind.

Here we take a very personal and holistic approach to all auto accidents. Most of us have been here for over 20 years, and it is made up of individuals with great skill sets who care about each client.

Yuba City Personal Injury Attorney

Our firm is known as the "personal" personal injury law firm because we take the time to get to know you, your background, hopes, and goals. We are passionate about helping our clients recover both financially and personally because we know what it is like to deal with the consequences of a serious injury. Our firm practices personal injury law exclusively. We have a history of taking cases to trial if needed, and we have a long track record of successful verdicts and settlements.

We Work on a Contingency Fee Basis

We take all of our serious injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This term means that we do not ask for any payment up-front, and our clients are only responsible for lawyer's fees if we can successfully negotiate or win their case. Operating by contingency means that we can help people who would otherwise not afford excellent legal representation.

Finding an Experienced Yuba City Personal Injury Lawyer

You’ve likely seen hundreds of advertisements for attorneys on billboards, television, websites, and more. Many of the ads you see will make big promises and cite incredibly high rates of success. However, the reality is that only a small portion of these lawyers are really prepared to do everything they can to make sure you obtain the full amount you deserve.

Many injury lawyers who advertise their high success rate are willing to settle cases with insurance companies that offer less than what the injured party should really be compensated. While some attorneys may think of accepting low settlement offers as a victory, our firm ensures that our clients obtain the full compensation they are rightfully owed.

You may think we may not be the right lawyer for your specific needs, and that is entirely understandable. Regardless, we’d like to share with you some of the most important things to know about an attorney before you decide to hire them.

  • Reputation - One of the best ways to determine if a Yuba City auto accident attorney has a good reputation is by seeing what others have said about them. Today, doing this is easier than ever. By checking third-party sites such as Google, Yelp, Facebook, Avvo, and others, you can see what lawyers' clients think about them. Because lawyers cannot control what is said about them on these sites, checking them will give you an honest picture of their reputation in the community they serve.
  • Experience - It is essential to know that your legal advocate has experience handling cases like yours. A lawyer with years of experience dealing with serious personal injury cases will be much more familiar with how to ensure your case is dealt with properly and with excellence. It’s also important to ensure that your injury attorney is comfortable taking your case to trial if necessary. In many cases, all you have to do is ask your lawyer whether or not they are prepared to take your case all the way to court. A lawyer's answer can give you an idea of whether or not they are truly ready to present your case to a jury.
  • Verdicts and Settlements - Taking a look at your legal practitioner's work history is also a good idea. Your Yuba City car accident lawyer should have a long history of settlements and verdicts and should be proud to discuss them with you. Most lawyers have a list of their case verdicts on their website.
  • Resources - Some law firms are just too small to afford to take a case before a jury to counter insurers making low settlement offers. You should ensure that your attorney's firm has the financial resources needed to do everything possible for your case. Money shouldn’t be an issue standing between you and the compensation you deserve.

Watch the YouTube video below for more information on how to choose the best Yuba City personal injury lawyer for your case.

Yuba City Personal Injury FAQ

I was involved in a car crash where my vehicle was damaged severely, and it may be possibly totaled. Is it better to go through my own insurance to have my vehicle repaired, or should I go through the at-fault party's insurer?

It is best to have your vehicle repaired by your own insurance if you have collision coverage. The reason why is that your own insurance has a duty of good faith to fix your car or total it fairly. The other insurer has no such duty and often delays or provides low offers for property damage. If liability for the accident is clear, have your own insurance repair your vehicle. The other insurer will reimburse you for your deductible, typically within two weeks.

I was involved in an auto accident in Yuba City but have no health insurance. How can I seek medical treatment?

First, make sure you really have no medical insurance. Many people are not aware of it, but most auto insurance policies have Medical Payments or Med-Pay coverage. This provides coverage up to a certain amount to those injured within the insured vehicle regardless of fault. If there is Med-Pay coverage available, then every party within the car has a certain amount of coverage for medical expenses.

Where are the dangerous intersections in Yuba City?

These local intersections have seen an especially high accident rate:

  • Bridge Street at Plumas Street
  • Bridge Street at State Route 99
  • Bridge Street at Walton Avenue
  • Butte House Road at Stabler Lane
  • Clark Avenue at Colusa Avenue
  • Colusa Avenue at Like Oak Boulevard, Olive Street, and State Route 20
  • Colusa Avenue at Plumas Street and State Route 20
  • Colusa Highway at Stabler Lane
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Yuba City, CA Today

If you have suffered serious injuries in an accident, please reach out to our Yuba City personal injury lawyers for free, friendly case advice to learn about your legal options. You can call us at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400.

See what our clients have said about us on AvvoYelp, Google.

We're a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

To learn how we have helped our past clients, you can look through our verdicts and settlements.

Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 8.31.21]

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