Rancho Cordova Senseless Shooting

I have represented a great many people over the years injured in auto accidents and motorcycle accidents.  A very common, and unfortunate outcome of a physical injury is depression and anxiety.  It can be a vicious cycle.  Hurt people become depressed, and the depression amplifies the physical pain.

A sad and all too common outcome of injury from a motorcycle or auto accident is depression and anxiety.

Many medical studies have found a strong relationship between psychological symptoms and physical pain.

Studies including neck and back injury patients from car accidents and motorcycle accidents report frequent and major psychological  problems.  Even a great many whiplash victims report that the injury has a significant impact on social enjoyment.

Travel anxiety after a motor vehicle accident is largely unrecognized in clinical practice and has been seen clinically as an occasional neurotic problem.  After enduring a motor vehicle accident, many people associate car or motorcycle travel with with considerable distress.

Studies have also researched and correlated accident-related pain and high Post­ Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.  Studies show that patients with Accident/High PTSD had more self-reported pain and higher levels of affective disturbance.   Findings suggest that PTSD symptoms in chronic pain patients are associated with increased pain and affective distress. Accident related pain, even without the presence of PTSD symptoms, appears to be associated with greater disability.

The screening for and treat­ment of PTSD may be helpful in relieving pain and getting the patient back to a functional level of health.  A major and practical implication concerns the potential of interventions designed to reduce PTSD symptoms to impact affective disturbance, pain and disability among pain patients undergoing rehabilitation. Behavioral treatment approaches such as cognitive-behavior therapy, systematic desensitization and relaxation training are often employed in the treatment of chronic pain and have also been efficacious in reducing symptoms of PTSD.

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Elk Grove New Assistant Police Chief
Elk Grove New Assistant Police Chief

Bryan Noblett has been promoted to assistant police chief.

He was formerly a police captain for the Elk Grove Police Department. Noblett was hired by Elk Grove Police Department back in 2009.

Bryant Noblett’s Experience

Noblett came to Elk Grove Police Department from Lodi Police Department. He was employed there for over 24 years. He brings with him all the experience gained as a field training officer, narcotics detective and patrol officer. His final title before leaving Lodi Police Department was that of lieutenant.

He says he is glad to be working in Elk Grove because it is closer to his home. In his new role, he will still be involved with overseeing field operations and police patrol operations. But now he will have more administrative duties such as budgeting and filling vacancies within the department. He also handles the emergency operations for the City of Elk Grove.

Vacancies with the Department

Currently, the department has seven officer vacancies to be filled. This year there are approximately 130 officers working for the Elk Grove Police Department.

Elk Grove Police Department has not had an assistant police chief since the 2009 retirement of Ed Kelly. Robert Lehner, Elk Grove Police Chief, says he is glad Bryan Noblett accepted the new position and is willing to take on the new responsibilities.

To Learn More

For more information about the new assistant police chief follow this link to Elk Grove Citizen News.

Click on this link to view the recruitment page at the City of Elk Grove and to learn more about position vacancies with the Elk Grove Police Department.

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The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith congratulates Elk Grove’s New Assistant Police Chief, Bryan Noblett in his new capacity with the Elk Grove Police Department.

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Personal Injury Lawyer with the most informative accident website available – www.autoaccident.com.

If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of another, please call me at 916-694-0002 for free, friendly advice. If you are outside the Elk Grove/Sacramento area, you can call us at (800) 404-5400.

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Rancho Cordova Drive-By Shooting
Rancho Cordova Senseless Shooting

About an hour before sunrise on Thursday, August 27, 2015 shots rang out in the City of Rancho Cordova. When silence fell, a 4-year-old boy and his grandmother were horrified to realize they had been shot in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting.

The incident happened as the two lay sleeping on a couch in a two-story apartment complex along Croetto Way in Rancho Cordova.

The young boy suffered a grazing type gunshot wound to his back. The grandmother received a gunshot wound to her hand. Both grandmother and grandson are recovering from their harrowing experience committed by an unknown gunman.

Family members said that the boy and his grandmother were taken to UC Davis Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Rancho Cordova Police Department detectives shut down Croetta Way while they performed an investigation of the scene.

At this time, no further information is available as to why or who caused bullets to be shot into this apartment complex this past Thursday morning.

If you have information that may be helpful in solving this case, you are encouraged to contact Rancho Cordova Police Department at (916) 875-9600.

For more information follow this link to the KCRA news report.

I’m Ed Smith, a Rancho Cordova Personal Injury Lawyer with the most comprehensive and informative accident information site on the web, AutoAccident.com.

If you or someone you love have been injured in an auto accident or sustained a personal injury or death due to the negligence of  someone else, call me right away at (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly advice at no obligation to you.  If you are outside the Sacramento area, you can call us toll free at (800) 404-5400.

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Rancho Cordova Fatal Crash

The Traffic Division of the Rancho Cordova Police Department is seeking witnesses to come forward in a fatal crash that occurred approximately two weeks ago in the City of Rancho Cordova.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, on the morning of Saturday, August 15, 2015 Johnathon Long, age 26, was driving eastbound on White Rock Road in Rancho Cordova.  He was near Luyung Drive.  Long had one passenger in his vehicle with him, a man in his early 20s.

The preliminary investigation suggested that the driver lost control of his vehicle somehow. He ended up leaving his eastbound direction of travel, going all the way across the roadway and into the westbound lanes.

As Long’s vehicle went off the roadway it smashed into a power pole. Long was pinned inside the vehicle. His passenger sustained only minor injuries. He was treated at the scene of the accident.

Meanwhile, emergency responders had to remove Long from the vehicle. They transported him to the hospital where he died of the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Witness information is being sought

If you have any information that may help with this investigation please come forward.

Rancho Cordova Police believe speed may have been a factor in this fatal crash.

If you were driving through the area of White Rock Road and Luyung Drive on Saturday, August 15, 2015 and may have witnessed this accident, you are encouraged to contact:

Rancho Cordova Police Department – Traffic Division at (916) 875-9623.

I’m Ed Smith, an Rancho Cordova Auto Accident Lawyer with the most informative accident website available – www.autoaccident.com.

If you or your loved one has been injured and/or killed in an car accident due to the negligence of another person, please call me at (916) 921-6400 for free and friendly advice.

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Rancho Murrieta Double Fatality Crash

A tragic head-on crash claimed the lives of both drivers and injured three others last night near Rancho Murieta.

Two of those injured were young children. The third person injured was a 30-year-old woman.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the fiery crash happened at about 9:30 pm on Highway 16 at Van Vleck Ranch.  Two cars, one of which was pulling a trailer, collided head-on with one another.  One of the vehicle’s caught fire and exploded.   Jackson Road had to be closed in both directions.

Burning Wreckage

We have learned that two minor children in one of the cars were rescued by witnesses to the accident. These individuals heroically pulled the terrified children from the burning wreckage.  A window of the burning vehicle had to be smashed in, in order to pull the children out.  The 30-year-old woman was able to get out on her own.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District was called to the scene to put out a grass fire caused by this accident.  A grassy area near the roadway caught fire after one of the vehicles became engulfed with flames.

Wrong Way Driver?

Preliminary information reported by the CHP indicates a wrong-way driver may be to blame for this Rancho Murrieta double fatality crash.

Apparently, a 44-year-old man was driving a Ford Fusion westbound in the eastbound lane of travel. His vehicle crashed head-on into the driver of a Chevrolet Suburban which was towing a trailer with a car on top of it.

Minor Injuries for Passengers

The woman and two children who escaped death were taken to UC Med Center with minimal injuries.

I’m Ed Smith, a Rancho Murieta Personal Injury Attorney with over 33 years experience handling auto accident cases.   If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by the negligence of another, please call me at (916) 921-6400 for free and friendly advice at no obligation to you.  If you live out of the (916) area call me toll free at (800) 404-5400.

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Rancho Cordova History

Rancho Cordova History

Happy Birthday to the City of Rancho Cordova!

Incorporation

The City of Rancho Cordova recently celebrated its 12th year of incorporation. It took members of the community two decades to reach its goal of incorporation.

Why Incorporate?

The area to be incorporated was located east of Sacramento County. That community decided to incorporate so that it could have an improved sense of identity. The members of the community desired a better quality of life. Of equal importance was to add representation and access to a local government. They needed control over land use and planning and things of a regulatory nature. Finally, the community deeply desired an increase in levels of service to be made available to them.

Did You Know?

  • Rancho Cordova is the spot of the first 12 Miles of a railroad in State of California.
  • Rancho Cordova was the home of a thriving military base in its formative years.
  • Rancho Cordova is the home of a very successful aerospace company.

A Community Votes

On November 5, 2002, voters came out in incredible support for the incorporation measure on the ballot. Over 75 percent were in favor of incorporating.

City Council Formed

That day the city’s first Council members were elected. They included, Mayor David Roberts, Robert McGarvey, Linda Budge, David Sander and Kenneth Cooley. These individuals were active leaders and long term residents in the community.

Calming Traffic

City officials took to the streets almost immediately by launching a group of citizens to draft a neighborhood traffic management plan. This community effort resulted in safer streets within the City of Rancho Cordova.

Police Department

Reducing crime was just as important as calming traffic. In 2004, the city council voted that police services were to be provided through Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The first police chief was a Captain, George Anderson. Community policing techniques were unveiled along with Rancho Cordova Police Department’s cruiser prototype. Also, implemented was motorcycle traffic enforcement. As police began issuing citations and towing away vehicles the community began to see improvement in long standing issues they once had in their community.

Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI) arrests were being made on a regular basis. Law- breakers were finally dealt with appropriately and crime rates in Rancho Cordova began to steadily decrease. Even with its rising population, Rancho Cordova Police Department has maintained a consistent reduction in crime. This has been an achievement that brings great pride to the city and especially to those who pushed for incorporation for so long. They finally received the increased services that were so desperately needed.

Annexation

In 2010 a little piece of land located south of Highway 50 at Sunrise and Hazel Avenue was included into the city. That land contained businesses that were also in need of increased representation and services. This area brought good business revenue into the city limits.

City Government

There are five individuals elected to the Council. One of them serves as mayor for a one-year term. The Mayor’s post is a “chef among equals for a time.” Currently, Council member Robert J. McGarvey is serving as our Mayor. Council Member David Sander is serving as Vice Mayor. The remaining Council Members are Linda Budge, Dan Skoglund and Donald Terry. In Rancho Cordova, each Council Member serves the City at large rather than representing wards or designated areas.

This little walk down memory lane along with the Ranch Cordova History has been brought to you by the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith.

I’m Ed Smith, a Rancho Cordova Personal Injury Attorney.  I have the most authoritative auto accident information site on the world wide web:  www.autoaccident.com

If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of another, please call me at (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly advice.

If you are outside the Rancho Cordova/Sacramento area, you can call us at (800) 404-5400.

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highway rainTrucking accidents are often responsible for major injuries and fatalities, in large part due to the size and enormous momentum of the vehicles involved, especially fully-loaded trucks. Sacramento truck accidents are more common in large part because of the area’s location at the intersection of major north-south freeways like Interstate-5 and State Highway 99 with major east-west highways such as Interstate-80 and U.S. Highway 50.  It’s proximity to the major Port of Oakland as well as the Port of Sacramento itself, put even more large semi trucks on the area’s roads.

Accidents just in recent months include:

A recent collision on Interstate-80 that involved a big rig with a tank trailer and four other vehicles.  Despite the scary appearance of this accident’s aftermath, there were fortunately only moderate injuries to two of the involved drivers, although traffic in the area was a mess for hours.

Another big rig incident, however, resulted in the death of a motorcyclist in the area of Elk Grove.

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Sacramento truck accidents can also occur due to challenges present in operating big rigs — in addition to the substantial momentum that has to be overcome to safely stop or turn them, their size and unwieldy nature makes them prone to jack-knifing and overturning.  A recent incident on State Highway 16 occurred when another vehicle apparently sideswiped a big rig, causing the truck’s driver to lose control, swerving into another lane and striking a pickup truck whose driver unfortunately died.

In addition to the differences in physics and mechanical forces, truck accidents are different in a number of ways from ordinary motor vehicle collisions in terms of personal injury claims.  Unlike ordinary drivers, big rig operators and drivers are subject to many additional requirements and restrictions.  Additionally, depending upon a number of factors, commercial trucking companies are almost always required to carry very large amounts of liability insurance — in part because of the risk of great damage and injuries to other people that their huge vehicles present.

Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento truck accident lawyer with the primary accident information site on the web, AutoAccident.com.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic injury caused by negligence in a Sacramento truck accident or elsewhere, call me now at (916) 921-6400. If you are outside the Sacramento area, you can call at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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Citrus Heights Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Death
Citrus Heights Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Death

On Thursday, August 27, 2015 at approximately 11:05 p.m. a vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian along Auburn Boulevard at about Twin Oaks Avenue.  Shortly thereafter, the man was pronounced dead at the scene by Metro Fire District.  We understand the deceased suffered fatal injuries consistent with being hit by a car.

Citrus Heights Police Department conducted an investigation of the scene the next morning. Officers shut down Auburn Boulevard right near the Roseville border for several hours. Investigators believe the man killed was not utilizing the pedestrian cross walk at the time of the accident. They further believe that this pedestrian may have already been down in the roadway for some unknown reason before being struck by the vehicle that fatally killed him.

We understand that the driver of the vehicle that killed the pedestrian is cooperating with the investigation. According to police personnel, speed nor alcohol appear to be a contributing factor in this Citrus Heights vehicle versus pedestrian death.

To read the entire story of this most recent fatality, follow this link.

Related Story: On August 19, 2015, we wrote an article entitled Citrus Heights Pedestrian Killed.  This is fast becoming a consistent happening in the city of Citrus Heights.

This past incident Thursday night makes three Citrus Heights vehicle versus pedestrian deaths this year.

Incorrect Police Reports

In these types of accidents, police reports are many times wrong.  It is often times the driver of the automobile who is at fault for failing to see and recognize a pedestrian in the roadway.  The driver in question may have actually been inattentive or distracted.

That is why it is so important to have an  experienced pedestrian injury attorney reviewing all the facts pertaining to your accident.  With the assistance of experts in accident reconstruction, true fault in this type of case may become better established.

I’m Ed Smith, a Citrus Heights Auto Accident Attorney with the most comprehensive accident information site on the web, AutoAccident.com.

If you or someone you love have been injured or killed due to the negligence of  someone else, call me right away at (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly advice at no obligation to you.  If you are outside the Sacramento area, you can call us toll free at (800) 404-5400.

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ELK GROVE POLICE ARREST DRUNK DRIVER
Elk Grove Police Arrest Drunk Driver

You may have noticed DUI check points in the City of Elk Grove on August 28, 2015. Unfortunately, the drunk driver in the story that follows wasn’t caught that day.

On the afternoon of Sunday, August 30, 2015 officers from the Elk Grove Police Department arrested a man who allegedly hit three cars parked along Shasta Lilly Drive in the City of Elk Grove.

Officers say, 25-year-old Singching Vang of Sacramento showed signs of being impaired and then failed a field sobriety test.

Vang was medically cleared at a local hospital after hitting those parked cars. He was then arrested and taken to the county jail.

Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Intoxicated

These are the terms commonly used for alcohol-related driving. Driving drunk is responsible for nearly 1/3 of all traffic deaths in the United States. Many drunk drivers are repeat offenders. Some seldom get caught.

Drunk drivers not only bring injury or death to themselves but also to countless innocent drivers, their passengers and pedestrians.

An individual who causes an auto accident while operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol is considered negligent.

This is of little comfort to the innocent victim who has received injuries or lost their loved one due to the negligence of the drunk driver. The driver convicted of DUI is responsible for paying for all damages.

I’m Ed Smith, a Elk Grove Personal Injury Attorney with the most comprehensive and informative accident information site on the web, AutoAccident.com.

I’ve been handling  auto accidents involving drunk drivers in Elk Grove, Sacramento and throughout Northern California since 1982.

If you or someone you love have been injured or killed due to someone driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, call me right away at (916) 694-0002 for free, friendly advice at no obligation to you.  If you are outside the Sacramento area, you can call us toll free at (800) 404-5400.

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ancho Cordova Red Light Camera Starts Today

Rancho Cordova Red Light Camera Starts Today

Rancho Cordova Police Department goes “live” with their new red light digital enforcement camera today.   For the past 30 days it has been operating on a trial basis.  Motorists received warnings only.  Today at 12:01 am it went completely live.  Motorist will now receive official citations.

Where is the Camera Located?

The new digital camera system is located at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Coloma Road in city of Rancho Cordova.

Why was the Camera Installed?

Several studies have shown that placing a red light camera reduces red-light related crashes.  Motorists are more likely to stop at an intersection where a red light camera has been installed.

What Happens After I Run the Red Light?

You will receive a citation through the mail.    In the citation, you will be made aware of your violation and may be referred to a website.   Once you go to the website, you will be able to view still video pictures of your violation.  You should be able to clearly see how and where your vehicle was in violation of the red light.

Where are the most dangerous intersections located in Rancho Cordova?

Follow this link for a list of dangerous intersections.

This information is being brought to you by the Rancho Cordova Law Offices of Edward A. Smith.

I’m Ed Smith, a Rancho Cordova Auto Accident Attorney specializing in crashes that occur at dangerous intersections in Rancho Cordova and throughout Sacramento County.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of another, please call me at (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly advice.

If you are outside the Rancho Cordova/Sacramento area, you can call us at (800) 404-5400.

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Our firm is a member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum.   This is an association of national personal injury lawyers who have multiple Million Dollar Verdicts and settlements.

You can find our past verdicts and settlements on our home page here.