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Richmond is 16 miles northeast of San Francisco, right across the San Francisco Bay.

Richmond lies on the peninsula separating San Francisco Bay (to the south) and San Pablo Bay (to the north). Richmond has 32 total miles of shoreline.

The total area of Richmond is 56.0 square miles: 33.7 land and 22.3 water. In 2019, Richmond's population was approximately 110,567. 

Richmond is situated near major metropolitan cities and major new growth areas. By freeway, San Francisco is 35 minutes from Richmond; Oakland is 20 minutes; San Jose is approximately 60 minutes away (to the south); and Sacramento, is around 90 minutes to the east.

Freeways leading to and from Richmond are I-80, I-580 (the John T. Knox Freeway), I-680, and I-880, the new Richmond Parkway and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

Richmond's economy has undergone a major transition from its former heavy industrial character, toward high tech and light industrial companies.


When it comes to driving it comes to driving in Richmond, accidents happen. Even though you're careful, and try to follow all the rules, when someone else is careless, you'll end up getting hurt.

UC Berkeley's Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS for short) tells the story of how people suffer Richmond injuries from 2015 to 2020.


  • Total Crashes: 2,949
  • Total Victims: 4,094 (52 Killed, 4,042 Injured)
  • State Highway Crashes: 1,103 (34.4%)


  • Pedestrians: 271 (9.2%)
  • Bike Crashes: 152 (5.2%)
  • Motorcycle Crashes: 225 (7.6%)

Interstate 80 and 580 Are Both Richmond Accident Magnets

So, it makes sense that more than 1 out of 3 Richmond crashes happen on these busy highways.

Did your crash happen at one of these Richmond intersections?

  • Bissell Avenue and Harbour Way
  • 22nd Street and Barrett Avenue, by the Taco Bell
  • 22nd Street and Nevin Avenue, near the McDonalds
  • 22nd Street and Macdonald Avenue
  • 23rd Street and Macdonald Avenue
  • 37th Street and Barrett Avenue
  • Cutting Boulevard and Harbour Way South

If so, you are not alone.

These are some of the top hot spots for crashes in Richmond.


When it comes to Richmond crashes, most of them are rear-enders.

Type of Richmond Crash
of Total
Rear End 831 28.18%
Broadside 810 27.47%
Sideswipe 366 12.41%
Hit Object 302 10.24%
Vehicle/Ped. 250 8.48%
Head-On 193 6.54%
Overturned 84 2.85%
Not Stated 78 2.64%
Other 35 1.19%

Most Richmond crashes also involve someone who was speeding.

Here are the laws that got broken right before 2015 to 2020 crashes.

Speeding tops the list, followed by improper turning movements, for example making an illegal U-turn. 

Traffic Law Broken Right Before A Richmond Crash
of Total
Unsafe Speed 809 27.66%
Automobile Right of Way 447 15.28%
Improper Turning 344 11.76%
Traffic Signals and Signs 339 11.59%
Unsafe Lane Change 218 7.45%
DUI or Bicycling Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug          198 6.77%
Wrong Side of Road 107 3.66%
Pedestrian Right of Way 94 3.21%
Pedestrian Violation 92 3.15%
Unknown 83 2.84%
Following Too Closely 70 2.39%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 44 1.50%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 24 0.82%
Improper Passing 21 0.72%
Other Hazardous Violation 18 0.62%
Other Improper Driving 11 0.38%
Other Equipment 4 0.14%
Impeding Traffic 1 0.03%
Hazardous Parking 1 0.03%

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 Richmond and its nearby areas.

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

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If you got hurt in Richmond, 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 Richmond, here are the Contra Costa County emergency rooms where you can get checked out 24 hours a day.
Please scroll down for Richmond.

Do Most Richmond Auto Accident Cases Go To Court?

Many Richmond auto accident and personal injury accident cases get resolved without going to court. Other cases have to be fought through the court.

In Richmond, injury accident cases get filed and handled in the Civil Division of the Contra Costa County Courts.

In 1998, all Contra Costa County Trial Courts were unified to form the Contra Costa County Superior Court. This happened because the voters approved a constitutional amendment letting Contra Costa County judges merge their superior and municipal courts.

Before then, superior court and municipal court were separate.

Currently, Richmond auto accident and injury cases are heard at the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez, California.

Accident and injury cases are called civil cases, unless they happen at work. If they happen at work, they're called workers compensation.


Here is the contact information for the Richmond Police Department in case you need to reach them regarding the accident:

Richmond Police Department
1701 Regatta Blvd.
Richmond, CA 94804-7409
Non-emergency: (510) 233-1214 

If you got hit out on the highway in Richmond, here are the nearby CHP offices. The CHP generally handles reports for accidents that happen on the highway:

CHP Martinez
5001 Blum Road
Martinez, CA 94553-4307
Phone: (925) 646-4980
CHP Martinez serves Contra Costa County.
CHP Dublin
4999 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568-7643
Phone: (925) 828-0466
CHP Dublin serves Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

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

Wakefield Taylor Courthouse
725 Court Street
Martinez, CA 94553-1201
Phone: (925) 608-1000

Civil Division Clerk's Office is in Room 103

The Wakefield Taylor Courthouse civil court hears auto accident and personal injury cases that happened in:

  • Antioch
  • Brentwood
  • Clayton
  • Concord
  • Danville
  • El Cerrito
  • Hercules
  • Lafayette
  • Martinez
  • Moraga
  • Oakley
  • Orinda
  • Pinole
  • Pittsburg
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Richmond
  • San Pablo
  • San Ramon
  • Walnut Creek

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

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

Need the hours and parking at the Martinez Civil Court?

Here's what you need to know about the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez.


If you got hurt in Richmond and need a good attorney now, who will 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 a Richmond personal injury attorney. 

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

I represent people with personal injury and wrongful death cases in Richmond. 

Source for Richmond accident data: Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), Safe Transportation Research and Education CenterUniversity of California, Berkeley. 2021

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