Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County, California is a large county with more than 1,049,025 residents and ample visitors each year. It is contained within the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is a primarily suburban area located on the northern portion of East Bay. The county holds 19 cities including Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Town of Danville, Hercules, Oakley, Orinda, Pittsburg, Richmond and the county seat Martinez.

Brentwood is a popular city in the county with its vast array of attractions. There are many shopping venues and golf courses. Spring and Summer months offer a plethora of farms open to the public for fresh fruit picking. Average household income and population has continued to rise since 2007, bringing many special events and festivals to the area.

Martinez, home of the county seat, is also home of famous baseball player Joe DiMaggio. This is one of the best areas to learn about the amazing and fascinating history of Contra Costa County. The Mexican government gave Don Ygnacio Martinez a 17,000 acre land grant in the 1824. The area was named after him.

Martinez was a shipping boomtown and a popular gold rush stop throughout the late 1800’s. The popular cocktail Martini was actually created by one of the area’s first settlers. Much of the city’s illustrious history can be found in The Martinez Museum. There are more than a dozen natural areas to enjoy as well as a waterfront featuring a marina, hiking trails and bocce ball courts in Martinez. Just an hour from San Francisco, Oakley is one of the youngest cities in the state of California. Visitors come for the many festivals and community events as well as the small town feel so close to the city.

With so much history to learn about, attractions to see and festivals to attend there are many major highways leading into this county. You can get here using Interstate 80, 580,680, State Route 4, 24, 160, 242 and 123 also called San Pablo Avenue. Mass transit is also available all over the county via Amtrak, BART, AC Transit, County Connection and Tri-Delta Transit.

It isn’t possible for an area of this size to be devoid of traffic accidents. In 2015 alone there have been several devastating car wrecks. A woman from Pittsburgh was killed in August as she walked along Highway 4 in Antioch. A car struck the 50 year old victim east of A street at 12:40 a.m.

A tragic accident in July occurred when an elderly woman pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake and killed her husband. CHP investigators reported 84 year old Yvonne Cottrell accidentally ran over and pinned her 89 year old husband under her car.

A 28 year old man was arrested in August after crashing his car and killing three of his passengers in Contra County. Justin Gardner was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. He was speeding and veered off the road for unknown reasons.

Whether drugs and alcohol are involved or simple mistakes are made, car accidents are always devastating. Time from work and income is often missed and the status of life is seriously undermined. If injury or death is involved the costs of the accident are astronomical. No one can recover without proper compensation.

Mosely Collins has practiced law in the area for decades and is fully knowledgeable of the in’s and outs of trial. With so much to consider in a car accident situation, choosing a lawyer who knows the area is essential. Experience and knowledge are credentials you cannot go without when a car accident occurs to you or a loved one.

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