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Soledad in April 2018. Credit: @adele_payman

The City of Soledad has a rich and interesting history.

The first Soledad settlements were likely small tribes of Costanoan Native Americans in the Salinas Valley who roamed the land, leaving little physical trace behind.

The Costanoan extended from Monterey County and inland, to parts of San Benito and Santa Clara Counties. Centuries passed before the first European explorers arrived, built a presidio in Monterey and missions in Carmel, the San Antonio Valley, San Juan Bautista, and Soledad.

Costanoan life changed dramatically in 1791 when Fr. Fermin Lasuen founded the 13th. California Mission, Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, at their village.

Later, Salinas cattle rancher Eugene Sherwood offered Southern Pacific Railroad free acreage for a right-of-way and a depot, which opened in 1872, the year Salinas City became the Monterey County seat.

By 1939, the following tens of thousands of railcars shipped out of the Salinas Valley: 1,000 cars full of artichokes, 24,000 cars of lettuce and 7,000 cars of other vegetables. The Salinas Valley emerged as the leading producer of row crops in the country.

Soledad's original agricultural base prospered on cattle, wheat, and barley. In the 1920's, that base shifted to row crop development. Soledad's population of temporary agricultural workers increased, as portrayed in John Steinbeck's “Of Mice and Men”, which used Soledad as a backdrop.

Soledad was incorporated as a municipality on March 9, 1921. Soledad means “solitude”, derived from the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad.

Modernly, Soledad has striking natural beauty, as shown in the above picture.

Soledad also enjoys infrastructure improvements to parks, roads, schools, and water treatment systems. Renewable energy, water reclamation, and downtown revitalization provide a sustainable future for Soledad's residents, businesses, and visitors. In 2021, the population of Soledad is 26,061.

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MONTEREY STREET IS A SOLEDAD ACCIDENT HOT-SPOT

Were you in a Soledad crash at one of these intersections?

  • Monterey Street and East Street (146)
  • Monterey Street and Oak Street
  • Front Street and Moranda Road
  • Front Street and San Vicente Road, near the Chevron Station
  • Monterey Street and Benito Street
  • Monterey Street and Main Street
  • Monterey Street and Soledad Street
  • Monterey Street and Pine Street

If so, you are not alone.

When it comes to the most accident prone intersections in Soledad, Monterey Street is one of the hot spots, per the UC Berkeley's Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS for short).

THE BIG NUMBERS ON SOLEDAD CRASHES

In Soledad, here are the number and categories of 2015 to 2020 accidents:
 
  • Total Crashes • 100
  • Deaths • 1
  • Injured • 120

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  • Highway Crashes • 9 • 9%
  • Pedestrians • 27 • 27%
  • Bicycles • 4 • 4 % 
  • Motorcycles • 3 • 3%

BROADSIDES TOP THE LIST OF SOLEDAD CRASH TYPES

Broadside Crashes Are The Most Common Soledad Accident Type.

When it comes to the accident types, broadside crashes top the list as the most common type in Soledad.

A broadside is when the front of one vehicle slams into the side of another vehicle.

These are also known as "t-bone" accidents. Following close behind are crashes between an auto and a pedestrian.

Type of SOLEDAD Crash
 
Number
 
Percentage
of Tota
 
Broadside 29 29.00%
Vehicle/Ped. 28 28.00%
Rear End 15 15.00%
Head-On 11 11.00%
Hit Object 8 8.00%
Sideswipe 5 5.00%
Overturned 2 2.00%
Other 2 2.00%

Check out how Soledad's most common crash type, broadsides, compares to its larger neighbor, Salinas:

Type of SALINAS Crash
 
Count
 
%
 
Broadside 1,049 34.80%
Rear End 805 26.71%
Head-On 313 10.38%
Vehicle/Ped. 263 8.73%
Sideswipe 218 7.23%
Hit Object 147 4.88%
Not Stated 132 4.38%
Overturned 57 1.89%
Other 30 1.00%
6:00 PM TO 8:59 PM IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME TO DRIVE IN SOLEDAD
 

Watch Out On Soledad Monday and Wednesday Early Evenings - They're Crash Prone!

The most accident prone days of the week, and hours, in Soledad are Mondays and Wednesdays between 6:00 PM and 8:59 PM.
 

The number three most crash prone day of the week and time are Saturdays during the three hour time slot. 

SPEEDING TOPS THE LIST OF SOLEDAD TRAFFIC LAWS BROKEN BEFORE A CRASH

Here are more Soledad TIMS numbers for the period from January 2015 to December 2020.

When it comes to the traffic law that gets broken right before a Soledad traffic accident, driving too fast tops the list.

The next top cause is improper turning movements, for example, making an illegal U-turn.

Traffic Law Broken Right Before A SOLEDAD Crash 
Number
 
Percentage
of Total 
Unsafe Speed 16 16.67%
Improper Turning 13 13.54%
Automobile Right of Way 12 12.50%
Traffic Signals and Signs 11 11.46%
Unknown 10 10.42%
Pedestrian Right of Way 6 6.25%
Pedestrian Violation 6 6.25%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 5 5.21%
Other Improper Driving 5 5.21%
Following Too Closely 3 3.13%
Wrong Side of Road 3 3.13%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 3 3.13%
DUI or Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug    1 1.04%
Improper Passing 1 1.04%
Unsafe Lane Change 1 1.04%
Compare Soledad's top crash causes to those of Salinas, where an auto's failure to yield the right right of way tops the list.
In Salinas, speeding comes in a close second:
 
Traffic Law Broken Right Before A SALINAS Crash
 
Number
 
Percentage
of Total 
Automobile Right of Way 721 24.03%
Unsafe Speed 678 22.59%
Traffic Signals and Signs 327 10.90%
Improper Turning 271 9.03%
DUI or Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug     263 8.76%
Following Too Closely 135 4.50%
Pedestrian Right of Way 128 4.27%
Pedestrian Violation 123 4.10%
Wrong Side of Road 120 4.00%
Unsafe Lane Change 70 2.33%
Unknown 51 1.70%
Unsafe Starting or Backing 46 1.53%
Other Than Driver (or Pedestrian) 24 0.80%
Other Hazardous Violation 19 0.63%
Improper Passing 16 0.53%
Other Improper Driving 5 0.17%
Hazardous Parking 2 0.07%
Impeding Traffic 1 0.03%
Lights 1 0.03%
WHERE TO GET YOUR SOLEDAD ACCIDENT POLICE REPORT
But if your crash happed on a Soledad freeway, the CHP may have your report. The CHP Monterey, located in Salinas, patrols Soledad highways:

CHP Monterey
960 East Blanco Road
Salinas, CA 93901-4419
Phone: (831) 770-8000

YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY TO FIGHT YOUR SOLEDAD CASE FOR YOU

If you were injured in Soledad, it's a good idea to hire an experienced and knowledgeable Soledad auto accident personal injury attorney.

I am Renée Yvonne Gardner. I have fought for injured clients for 15 years.

I have dedicated my career to fighting for people who get injured in Seaside and and the nearby areas.

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

If you got hurt in a Soledad traffic accident, 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 Soledad, here are the Monterey County emergency rooms where you can get checked out 24 hours a day.

MOST SOLEDAD CASES SETTLE OUT OF COURT

Many injury accident cases get resolved without going to court.

Other cases have to be fought through the court.

In Soledad, injury accident cases get filed and handled in the Civil Division of the Monterey County Courts. In 1998, all Monterey County Trial Courts were unified to form the Monterey County Superior Court.

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

Currently, Soledad auto accident and injury cases are heard in the court located in Monterey. 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 Soledad, I can help. Here are some of the Soledad crash types that I can handle:

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

Monterey County Superior Court
1200 Aguajito Road
Monterey, CA 93940-4887

(831) 647-5800

Website: Monterey County Superior Court

The Monterey civil court hears injury and accident cases that happened in these places:

If you were injured in Soledad, 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 Soledad and the surrounding areas:

Need the hours and parking at the Monterey Civil Court?

Here's what you need to know about the Monterey civil court hours and parking.

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If you got hurt in Soledad 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 Soledad personal injury attorney, founder, owner and attorney of Gardner Law, a Soledad personal auto accident and injury law office. 

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

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

Call Renée Today

I deliver personalized representation in serious personal Injury, wrongful death, death benefits, criminal defense, and post-conviction relief ("cleaning") cases. Please call (408) 214-5555 or fill out my contact form.

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