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GOT HURT IN Atwater?



Atwater is located in on State Route 99 in Merced County. More than a quarter of the residents of Atwater identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 42% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

Atwater is committed to being a "vibrant and progressive community that provides economic opportunity and prosperity for all residents, while maintaining its 'small town' friendliness, livability and safety."

But, when it comes to driving in Atwater, even if you're careful, you can end up getting hurt.

The below numbers were complied by the UC Berkeley Transportation Injury Mapping System ("TIMS").

Atwater Crashes: 2015 to 2020:

  • Total Crashes • 494
  • Total Victims • 9 Killed; 693 Injured
  • State Highway • 52 (10.5%)


  • Pedestrian Crashes • 47 (9.5%)
  • Bike Crashes • 30 (6.1%)
  • Motorcycle Crashes • 27 (5.5%)

Did You Know That The Vicinity Of Bellevue Road And Shaffer Road Is Accident Prone?

Were you in an Atwater crash near the McDonald's on Bellevue and Shaffer? If so, you're not alone.

From 2015 to 2020:
  • There have been 25 crashes near that McDonalds.
  • One block away, on Shaffer and Brownell, there have been 6 crashes.
  • One block down, on Shaffer and Alhambra Street, there have been 5 crashes.
  • Two blocks down Shaffer, on Redwood, there have been 5 crashes.
  • One more block down, on Shaffer and Linden, there have been 4 crashes.
  • This brings the total to 45 crashes at or near the intersection of Bellvue and Shaffer - almost 10% of the total Atwater crashes from 2015 to 2020!
Almost 1 Out Of 3 Atwater Crashes Is A Broadside ("t-bone") Crash
Broadside accidents happen when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle.

Broadside crashes are also known as t-bones, and they top the list of Atwater crashes.

Here's the breakdown per TIMS:

Type of Atwater Crash
of Total
Broadside 151 30.57%
Rear End 135 27.33%
Sideswipe 53 10.73%
Head-On 49 9.92%
Hit Object 46 9.31%
Vehicle/Ped. 39 7.89%
Overturned 11 2.23%
Other 8 1.62%
Not Stated 2 0.40%

Failing To Yield The Right Of Way Is The Top Crash Cause in Atwater:

Traffic Law Broken Right Before An Atwater Crash 
Number of Times 
of Total
Automobile Right of Way 130 26.42%
Unsafe Speed 128 26.02%
Improper Turning 48 9.76%
Traffic Signals and Signs 32 6.50%
Unsafe Lane Change 30 6.10%
DUI or Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug   21 4.27%
Wrong Side of Road 18 3.66%
Pedestrian Right of Way 17 3.46%
Pedestrian Violation 14 2.85%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 14 2.85%
Unknown 11 2.24%
Following Too Closely 10 2.03%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 7 1.42%
Other Improper Driving 6 1.22%
Improper Passing 3 0.61%
Other Hazardous Violation 2 0.41%
Lights 1 0.20%
If you were injured in Atwater, it's a good idea to hire an experienced and knowledgeable auto accident personal injury attorney. I am Renée Yvonne Gardner and I fight accident and injury cases. I have been the voice of injured clients for 15 years. I have dedicated my career to fighting for people who get injured in Atwater and its nearby areas.

Atwater personal injury clients, please call me at (408) 214-5555 or here:

If you got hurt in Atwater, keep in mind that it's important to hire a good attorney from the start. The insurance adjuster is not your friend - even your own insurance company will look for the cheapest way to get rid of your claim. After you get injured, it's important to seek medical care right away. Some injuries can only be found by a doctor. Other injuries get worse if they don't get treated on time.

If you suffered personal injuries in Atwater, here are the Merced County emergency rooms where you can get checked out 24 hours a day. Please scroll down to find Atwater.

Atwater Police Department
750 Bellevue Rd.
Atwater, CA 95301-2859
Phone: (209) 357-6310

But, if your Atwater accident happened on State Route 99, then the CHP Merced might have your report. Here's their contact information. The CHP Merced, located in Atwater, patrols Atwater freeways:

1500 Bell Drive
Atwater, CA 95301-9651

If you got hurt in Atwater, I can help. Here are some of the Atwater crash types that I can handle:

If you are going to fight your Atwater injury case in court, your civil case will be heard at this courthouse:

Old Main Courthouse
Superior Court
627 W. 21st St.
Merced, CA 95340-3744
Phone: (209) 725-4111

Website: Merced County Superior Court

Click the link for the latest Merced Superior Court Covid-19 updates.

The Merced Civil Court hears auto accident and personal injury cases that happened in:

  • Atwater
  • Castle
  • Delhi
  • Dos Palos
  • Fox Hills
  • Franklin/Beachwood
  • Gustine
  • Hilmar
  • Le Grand
  • Livingston
  • Los Baños
  • Merced
  • Planada
  • San Luis
  • Santa Nella
  • University Community
  • Villages of Laguna
  • Winton

If you were injured in an Atwater accident, please contact me for a free consultation at (408) 214-5555 or here:

Here are just some of the injuries I handle in Atwater and the surrounding areas:

Need the hours and parking at the Merced Civil Court?

Here's what you need to know about the Merced Civil court hours and parking.


If you got hurt in Atwater or the surrounding areas in Merced County and need a good attorney now, tol fight for you, please call me now at (408) 214-5555 or send me a message send me a message.

Let's talk about your case - the consultation is free.

My name is Renée Yvonne Gardner

I am an Atwater personal injury attorney, founder, owner and attorney of Gardner Law, a personal auto accident and injury law office. 

I represent people with auto accidents, personal injury and wrongful death cases in Merced county

Atwater accident data provided by: Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), Safe Transportation Research and Education CenterUniversity of California, Berkeley. 2021

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