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Lovely Capitola is on California's Northern Pacific Coast. In 2016, Coastal Living Magazine voted Capitola one of the happiest seaside towns in the United States.

Capitola was pioneered in the late 1800's. first as a lumber port and later as a vacation resort and beach town.

Established in 1869, and once known as Camp Capitola, Capitola it is the oldest seaside resort on the Pacific Coast. An eclectic combination of natural beauty and unique ambiance make Santa Cruz County's Capitola a great place to live and visit.

When it comes to driving it comes to driving in Capitola, accidents happen.

Even though you're careful, and try to follow all the rules, when someone else is careless, you can end up getting hurt.


When it comes to getting hurt in a Capitola traffic crash, UC Berkeley's Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS for short) gives us the numbers. 
  • Total Crashes • 165
  • Deaths • 2
  • Injured • 197


  • Highway Crashes • 18 • 10.9%
  • Pedestrians • 20 •  12.1%
  • Bicycles • 31 • 18.8%
  • Motorcycles • 10 • 6.1%


Did you get hit at one of these Capitola intersections?

  • Capitola Road and 30th Avenue- 3 crashes
  • Capitola Road and Thompson Avenue- 3 crashes
  • 38th Avenue and Capitola Road - 3 crashes
  • 41st Avenue and Capitola Road, near the DMV - 12 crashes
  • Capitola Road and 42nd Avenue - 6 crashes
  • Capitola Road and 45th Avenue - 1 crash
  • Capitola Road and 47th Avenue - 2 crashes
  • Capitola Road and 49th Avenue - 3 crashes

Capitola Road had 33 crashes from 2015 to 2020 - that's 20% of the total accidents!

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

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

The takeaway:

  • Most Capitola crashes happen on the city streets, not on the highway.
  • Only 10% of Capitola crashes happen on the highway, compared to Santa Cruz, where 20% of the crashes happen there. 
  • Most Capitola accidents are rear-enders; followed by broadsides (t-bone crashes).
  • Speeding is frequently involved - 30.06% of the time.


Most Capitola traffic crashes are rear-enders. 

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

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

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

Type of Capitola Crash
of Total 
Rear End 50 30.30%
Broadside 44 26.67%
Sideswipe 19 11.52%
Vehicle/Ped. 14 8.48%
Hit Object 11 6.67%
Other 11 6.67%
Head-On 9 5.45%
Not Stated 5 3.03%
Overturned 2 1.21%
After speeding, the next two most common causes of Capitola crashes are:
  • improper turning, like making an illegal U-turns
  • an automobile failing to yield the right of way

Here's the complete breakdown Capitola crash causes:

Traffic Law Broken Right Before A Capitola Crash 
of Total 
Unsafe Speed 49 30.06%
Improper Turning 26 15.95%
Automobile Right of Way 21 12.88%
Traffic Signals and Signs 16 9.82%
Pedestrian Right of Way 9 5.52%
Unknown 7 4.29%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 7 4.29%
DUI or Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug     6 3.68%
Following Too Closely 5 3.07%
Other Hazardous Violation 5 3.07%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 4 2.45%
Wrong Side of Road 3 1.84%
Pedestrian Violation 3 1.84%
Other Improper Driving 2 1.23%

If you got hurt in Capitola, 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.

If you're 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.

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

Please visit our "Consultations" page to learn if a consultation fee is required. If it is, please pay it now, to receive a response to your contact. Thank you.

If you suffered personal injuries in Capitola, here are the Santa Cruz County emergency rooms where you can get checked out 24 hours a day.

Many injury accident cases get resolved without going to court.

Other cases have to be fought through the court.

In Capitola, 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.

Capitola 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 Capitola, I can help. Here are some of the Capitola crash types that I can handle:

If you are going to fight your Capitola 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 Capitola accident, please contact me for a free consultation at (408) 214-5555 or here: message me here.

Please visit our "Consultations" page to learn if a consultation fee is required. If it is, please pay it now, to receive a response to your contact. Thank you.

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

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

Capitola Police Department
422 Capitola Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010-3318
Phone: (831) 475-4242

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

The CHP Santa Cruz patrols the entire Santa Cruz County:

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

If you got hurt in Capitola 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 GardnerI am a Capitola Valley personal injury attorney. 

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

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

Please visit our "Consultations" page to learn if a consultation fee is required. If it is, please pay it now, to receive a response to your contact. Thank you.
Source for Capitola accident data: Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), Safe Transportation Research and Education CenterUniversity of California, Berkeley. 2021

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