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GOT HURT IN Scotts Valley?



Scotts Valley is a small and quiet community in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Scotts Valley for its parks, outdoor recreation areas and breathtaking trees.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park it is a popular spot for biking, hiking and running on its beautiful trails.

For a smaller city, the parks in Scotts Valley draw in locals and visitors alike:

  • Hocus Pocus Park
  • Lodato Park
  • Mac Dorsa Park
  • Siltanen Park
  • Skypark
  • Vern Hart Fishing Park

Skypark features a skate park, dog park (large dogs and small dogs), pump track, soccer fields, large barbecue area and individual barbecues, restrooms, 5-12 play area, 2-5 play area, Bocce Courts, Linear Trail (walking/jogging/cycling; trail to tennis courts) calisthenics exercise equipment, kids birthday gazebo, and gazebo with chess tables.


When it comes to driving it comes to driving in Scotts Valley, 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.

When it comes to getting hurt in a Scotts Valley traffic crash, UC Berkeley's Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS for short) tells the story of how people suffer Scotts Valley injuries.

Only 10% of Scotts Valley crashes happen on the highway, compared to Santa Cruz, where 20% of the crashes happen on the highway. Highway crashes can cause severe injuries as they often occur at a high rate of speed.

Were you involved in an accident on or crossing Mount Hermon Road and one of these Scotts Valley city streets?

  • Scotts Valley Drive, near the Mt. Hermon's Shell station at 90 Mount Herman Road? 

There have been 18 crashes here from 2015-2020 - that's one every four months.

  • Between Spring Lakes Drive and Kings Village Road?

There have been 19 crashes here from 2015-2020 - that's one every four months.

If so, you're not alone. TIMS says these are some of the most accident prone intersections in Scotts Valley where people suffered personal injuries between 2015 and 2020. Mount Hermon Road is a Scotts Valley accident hot spot.

If you were injured anywhere in Scotts Valley, it's a good idea to hire an experienced and knowledgeable Scotts Valley 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 Scotts Valley and its nearby areas.

Now, more from TIMS for the period from 2015 to 2020:

The takeaway:

  • Most Scotts Valley crashes happen on the city streets, not the highway.
  • Most Scotts Valley accidents are rear-enders; followed by broadsides (t-bone crashes).
  • Speeding is frequently involved - 37.1% of the time.

The details:

In Scotts Valley, here are the number and type of crashes from 2015 to 2020:
  • Total Crashes • 130
  • Deaths • 1
  • Injured • 160


  • Highway Crashes • 13 • 10.0%
  • Pedestrians • 10 •  7.7%
  • Bicycles • 16 • 12.3%
  • Motorcycles • 12 • 9.2%

Most Scotts Valley traffic crashes are rear-enders. 

After rear-end crashes, the most common Scotts Valley crashes are broadsides.

This is when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. These accidents are also known as "t-bone" crashes.

Here's a breakdown of Scotts Valley accident types from 2015 to 2020:

Type of Scotts Valley Crash 
of Cases 
Rear End 37 28.46%
Broadside 31 23.85%
Hit Object 15 11.54%
Other 13 10.00%
Sideswipe 10 7.69%
Vehicle/Ped. 10 7.69%
Head-On 7 5.38%
Overturned 7 5.38%
Here is more information about the causes of Scotts Valley crashes, from the most to least frequent - and unsafe speed made it to the top of the list.

After speeding, the next two most common causes of Scotts Valley crashes are:

  • automobiles failing to yield the right of way
  • improper turn movements (for example, illegal U-turns).
Traffic Law Broken In Scotts Valley Right Before A Crash
Total Number
of Total 
Unsafe Speed 48 37.21%
Automobile Right of Way 20 15.50%
Improper Turning 12 9.30%
Traffic Signals and Signs 11 8.53%
DUI or Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug 8 6.20%
Unsafe Lane Change 7 5.43%
Wrong Side of Road 6 4.65%
Pedestrian Right of Way 6 4.65%
Unknown 5 3.88%
Other Hazardous Violation 3 2.33%
Pedestrian Violation 1 0.78%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 1 0.78%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 1 0.78%

If you got hurt in Scotts Valley, 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.

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

If you suffered personal injuries in Scotts Valley, here are the Santa Cruz County emergency rooms where you can get checked out 24 hours a day. Please scroll down for Scotts Valley.

Many injury accident cases get resolved without going to court.

Other cases have to be fought through the court. In Scotts Valley, injury accident cases get filed and handled in the Civil Division of the Santa Cruz County Courts. In 1998, all Santa Cruz County Trial Courts were unified to form the Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

This happened because the voters approved a constitutional amendment letting Santa Cruz County judges merge their superior and municipal courts. Before then, superior court and municipal court were separate.

Scotts Valley auto accident and injury cases are heard in the court located in Santa Cruz. Accident and injury cases are called civil cases, unless they happen at work. If they happen at work, they're called workers compensation.

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

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

The Santa Cruz civil court hears auto accident and personal injury cases that happened in:

  • Amesti
  • Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley
  • Aptos
  • Ben Lomond
  • Bonny Doon
  • Boulder Creek
  • Branciforte
  • Brookdale
  • Capitola
  • Corralitos
  • Davenport
  • Day Valley
  • Felton Grove
  • Felton
  • Freedom
  • Interlaken
  • La Selva Beach
  • Live Oak
  • Lompico
  • Mount Hermon
  • Opal Cliffs
  • Pajaro Dunes
  • Paradise Park
  • Pasatiempo
  • Pleasure Point
  • Rio del Mar
  • Santa Cruz
  • Scotts Valley
  • Seacliff
  • Soquel
  • Twin Lakes
  • Watsonville
  • Zayante

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

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

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

Scotts Valley Police Department
1 Civic Center Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066-4197
Non-emergency: (831) 440-5670

if your accident happened on a highway, your report may be with the Santa Cruz CHP, located in Aptos.

The CHP Santa Cruz patrols Scotts Valley highways and other areas, serving the entire Santa Cruz County:

CHP Santa Cruz
10395 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003-4937
Phone: (831) 662-0511

If you got hurt in Scotts Valley 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.

The consultation is free - let's talk about your case.

My name is Renée Yvonne Gardner

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

I represent people with personal injury and wrongful death cases in Santa Cruz county

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

Call Renée Today

For one-on-one and personalized representation in serious personal injury auto accidents, wrongful death auto accidents, consumer protection or "cleaning" your criminal record, call (408) 214-5555 or fill out my contact form.