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San Diego Car Accident Lawyers


And getting our clients the compensation they deserve

The Elia Law Firm personal injury attorneys

Injured in a car accident?

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We serve accident victims in San Diego, Escondido, Oceanside, El Cajon, Poway, La Jolla, Del Mar, Chula Vista, and all other towns and cities in San Diego County and beyond

You've come to the right place to get the compensation you need and deserve for injuries you sustained in your automobile accident in San Diego.

Over 15,000 car accidents in San Diego a year leave many injured and unable to pay their bills.

And in 2020, there were 3,723 auto accident fatalities in California. If you or a family member are part of those statistics, you need to talk to an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer at Elia Law Firm today at (619) 444-2244.

We’re expert attorneys in the field of car accident injuries. We can help you get the compensation you deserve, just like we did for our client, Lahib. Hear what he has to say in the video above. 

What compensation from your car accident are you entitled to?

1. Property damage: This includes damages to your car and other personal property.

2. Past & Current Medical Bills: If you were seriously injured in an auto accident, or even if you only suffered minor injuries, you are entitled to full compensation.

3. Future Medical Bills: You may not be fully healed, or you may have injuries that have long-term effects that need ongoing medical treatment. We are well-versed on what those may be and what their potential value is. We’ll fight for these for you.
4. Current and Past Lost Wages: If you could not work because of your injuries, you are entitled to seek recovery for any and all lost wages.
5. Future Lost Wages: While ongoing lost wages are easy to calculate, future lost wages are not. Will you be able to work next month or next year? It’s not always easy to predict. We know how to get you the maximum amount you are entitled to.
6. Pain and Suffering: This is not easy to put a value on, but here again you are entitled to compensation for any pain and suffering you have to endure as a result of your car accident whether it be physical or mental. We will seek to recover money for all the pain and suffering you have already endured, and that which you may have to endure in the future.
7. Loss of enjoyment: If you are no longer able to do the activities you once enjoyed because of your injuries, you deserve compensation.
Suffering with injuries sustained through no fault of your own?

Contact our San Diego law firm for a free case evaluation today!

Be careful! With one simple misstep you can lose it all.

That’s right. Even though you may be entitled to full compensation for your injury and your losses, it’s yours to lose. How so? 

First, insurance companies want you to believe your San Diego injury accident case is worth less than it really is.

Dealing with the aftermath of auto accidents is never easy. Complicated insurance policies and new comparative fault systems lead to increasing confusion about the rights of the car accident victim. As a result, every year some victims in San Diego sign away a lot of their due compensation to insurance companies in exchange for a small payment, not understanding that they may be entitled to more when a negligent driver causes harm on the road. Insurance companies often try to pay a token settlement to accident victims, but these are often not enough to even begin to pay for the expenses associated with an accident.

You don’t need to settle for less. With our expert San Diego auto accident attorneys on your side, we can help you get more.

Don't gamble with your settlement

There is too much that can go wrong if you try to handle your California auto accident case by yourself.  So we advise all car accident victims to consult with a personal injury lawyer before accepting any settlement whatsoever – and definitely before you speak to an insurance agent. The right personal injury attorney understands the legal system and their clients’ rights and can help them obtain the compensation they truly deserve versus a token settlement that does not cover their needs or acknowledge their pain and suffering. (In the event of death in car accidents, these cases may fall under the umbrella of “wrongful death,” in which case family members should seek restitution with the aid of an attorney. (See our San Diego Wrongful Death Lawyer page for more information.)

The car accident attorneys here at the Elia Law Firm in San Diego are experts in San Diego auto accidents and injuries as they relate to liability and understand how frustrating a car wreck can be for victims and their families. We’re committed to helping our clients fight for justice and compensation – and back up that commitment with a long background in injury law and an excellent reputation in the legal community both in San Diego and the surrounding areas in California.

Have you been hurt in a car crash in San Diego or surrounding town? Don’t delay – you may have limited time to retain an attorney and file a personal injury claim. Don't wait. Call today.

How long will your car accident case take?

Getting to trial may take 1-2 years or more. See the timeline here.

Careful! You can ruin your car accident case!

Here are 20 ways you can ruin your chance of success in your case.

We truly are local personal injury attorneys

If your accident occurred here, your best bet is to hire a local attorney to get the best representation. Elia Law Firm is local to San Diego, as are all our attorneys. We know the area, the local laws, the jury pools and the judges here. There are many attorneys advertising in San Diego who don’t maintain offices here, other than virtual offices for appearances. Be careful who you hire. It can make a difference. 

The Elia Law team reviewing a personal injury case

More information about car accidents in San Diego

For most Americans, auto accidents are one of the most common threats of daily life. In any urban area, the risk of getting involved in a car accident goes up even more. Unfortunately, even the safest driver can be placed at risk when sharing the road with incompetent, distracted, or otherwise negligent drivers.

The statistics are staggering, and despite recent improvements in car crash ratings and public awareness of auto safety, car accidents remain one of the biggest causes of death in the United States. Every year more than 2.5 million Americans are injured, and over 40,000 killed in traffic accidents. In the city of San Diego there were nearly 35,000 car accidents from 2017 to 2022 according to a information gathered for the Transportation Injury Mapping System at UC Berkeley.

Many severe auto accidents take place at high speeds and on major roads like Highway 5 going in and out of San Diego.

The severity of a car accident depends on a variety of factors including safety belt use, road conditions, auto repair issues, and time of day. In just a moment, the occupants of a vehicle that sustains an auto accident can see their trip turn from routine to devastating. The injuries suffered from auto accidents are as varied as their victims. Everything from bruises and scrapes to broken bones, whiplash, facial disfigurement, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, and death can await an auto accident victim. And gaining competent medical treatment is often only the beginning of the victim’s long struggle for justice and compensation for issues such as ongoing medical care, pain and suffering, necessary psychiatric intervention, lost wages, and the need for vocational rehabilitation.

Suffering with injuries sustained through no fault of your own?

Contact our San Diego law firm for a free case evaluation today!

Frequently asked questions on car accident cases

The value of your case depends on many factors. Every San Diego car accident case is different. One factor is the nature and extent of your injury. Some people heal faster than others. One person may heal in a week, while another may take six months, a year, or may never heal from the injury. Another factor is the amount of your medical bills, future medical bills and lost earnings, etc. Contact our office at (619) 444-2244 for accurate advice on the value of your case.

Our office works with a variety of doctors in the San Diego who can provide immediate medical treatment and defer payment until the case is finished.

You pay us only IF we recover compensation for you through a settlement with the insurance company or a verdict through the court. If we do not recover compensation for you, you do NOT have to pay us for our time.

This depends on the extent of your injury. Typically, a San Diego personal injury case takes anywhere from two to eight months. Sometimes, cases take longer if they are more complex or if a lawsuit is filed. See our personal injury lawsuit timeline page for all the details on how long your case may take.

Not necessarily. Sometimes you are far better off without filing a lawsuit. Our San Diego personal injury law office typically files a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, if any. We then attempt to negotiate with the insurance company. If you are dissatisfied with the insurance company’s offer, we may decide to file a lawsuit.

  • Property damage
  • Past, current and future medical bills
  • Past, current and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment

Putting a monetary value to each of those is what car accident attorneys do for their clients, and then we fight hard to attain you what you deserve. As in all San Diego personal injury cases, you are up against a behemoth in the insurance company which does not have your best interests in mind. They goal is to pay you as little as possible, and you are at a disadvantage if you try to take them on yourself. There is no need. That’s what we are here for. Let us fight the battle. 

Some of our achievements…

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$4.0 M

MVA vs. Pedestrian


MVA vs. Pedestrian vs. Hit & Run (maximum insurance policy limits obtained)


$3.9 M

Auto Accident


Settlement for a rear end car crash resulting in catastrophic injuries


$3.8 M

Wrongful Death


We are honoring our client’s request not to publish additional facts


$2.0 M

Premises Liability


Premises Liability


$1.7 M

Wrongful Death


Wrongful death case (limited insurance – multiple claimants)


Numbers have been rounded up to fit in allowable space. For actual numbers see our Case Results.

"Steve Holly, and Garrett are all exceptionally professional people to work with. I had a very serious and complicated Bodily Injury case, where it seemed like there was a new hurdle to overcome every month. I have no doubt that the Elia legal team worked tirelessly on creative solutions, which ultimately led to a victory in the courts. After this case consumed 2 years of my life, I am so relieved to have it over and done with. There are no words that could truly encapsulate my appreciation, and gratitude for this law firm. I would highly recommend this group to anyone in need of their services."


Protect yourself!

If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you may deserve compensation. Don’t go it alone. It’s very likely an attorney can get you more and get you fully compensated. 

Request a free phone consultation now. Find out what your case is really worth! We will also send you our “20 ways you can ruin your case” PDF to print out and help you even more!