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Trucking Company Negligence Can Kill

By Renee Nordstrand on September 14, 2019

In June 2019, a group of 22 bikers on their way to a charity event in New Hampshire were struck by a pickup truck driver hauling a large trailer. This man was a professional driver working for a company named Westfield Transport, based in Springfield. Seven of the bikers, members of the Marine JarHeads MC, were killed. Many others were catastrophically injured by the truck accident. Read the rest »

Posted in: Truck Accident

 

When Drivers Have Medical Conditions, What Happens If They Crash?

By Renee Nordstrand on September 8, 2019

When a so-called medical emergency causes a crash, determining liability is not simple. Our Santa Barbara personal injury attorneys at NordstrandBlack PC have seen this argument used as a defense when one person collides into another and the victim files a lawsuit. It is not always the truth. Evidence will be the most important factor after a claim like this is made. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident

 

Family Files Lawsuit for Mechanical Bull Injuries

By Renee Nordstrand on September 1, 2019

A woman in Santa Barbara recently filed a lawsuit due to a catastrophic spinal injury she incurred at Santa Maria Fairpark on June 28, 2018.

While the woman and her family were visiting the fairgrounds, she decided to ride a mechanical bull operated by Tortoro Enterprises, Inc. According to the woman, she did not, nor was ever asked, to sign a waiver beforehand. During the ride, she was thrown over the top of the mechanical bull and landed on her neck, suffering a spinal cord injury that turned her into a quadriplegic. Read the rest »

 

SBPD Hopes to Make Roads Safer for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

By Renee Nordstrand on August 10, 2019

The Santa Barbara Police Department chose June 10, 2019, as a good day to tackle road safety. They conducted a bicycle-and-pedestrian-safety enforcement operation, which was on the look-out for drivers, cyclists, and walkers who were violating traffic laws. The SBPD received a grant to fund this program in part from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Read the rest »

 

Biking at the Beach: How to Be Safe this Summer

By Renee Nordstrand on July 29, 2019

Few things are more enjoyable than renting a bicycle and taking it for a spin on one of Santa Barbara’s beautiful trails. From the relaxing coastal ride of Cabrillo Bike Path to the challenging twists of Old San Marcos Pass and Painted Cave Road with their gorgeous panoramic views, our “American Riviera” has something to offer the bicyclist at every level. Beachfront retailers make it easy to rent a bike while you’re here, whether you want to do some beach-cruising or mountain-biking! Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accident

 

Truck Drivers Aren’t Always Responsible for Causing Accidents

By Renee Nordstrand on July 19, 2019

Big rigs are the heaviest vehicles on the roads around Santa Barbara. The 101 sees thousands of commercial trucks travel up the coast every day. When they crash into smaller cars, they cause serious injuries to the occupants inside. At our Southern California law firm of NordstrandBlack PC, we handle many personal injury cases that involve negligent truck drivers. But sometimes, the truck driver is only partially to blame. Here are ways that other parties can be involved in these collisions and why they can be held liable to the victims. Read the rest »

Posted in: Truck Accident

 

What Factors Determine Liability in a Car Accident?

By Renee Nordstrand on June 28, 2019

Was the driver who struck you intoxicated? Was he distracted by his phone? Did she try to speed up and make a yellow light, which had just turned red? Negligent actions that drivers take behind the wheel will determine if they are at fault for a crash. Here are the basics: Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident

 

Everything You Need to Know About ATV Accidents

By Renee Nordstrand on May 28, 2019

With summer almost upon us, our law firm thought it would be a good idea to talk about off-roading with all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). While they may be fun to drive, ATVs are also unstable and susceptible to rollovers if you drive too fast and don’t put into place the proper safety measures. Let’s take a look at some statistics and other important facts to remember when operating an ATV. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident

 

Car Insurance: You Should Have More than Minimum Coverage

By Renee Nordstrand on March 30, 2019

Nothing is going to make car insurance sexy or appealing, but it’s something that is very important to understand and think about. Although California has minimum coverage limits required by law, they are actually quite low and offer you very little real protection. You can easily find yourself on the hook for a lot of money after a serious accident, and if the other driver doesn’t have insurance, then the mess you find yourself in is even worse. It can be tempting to just pay the minimum amount, but that leaves you open to major problems down the road. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident

 

Santa Barbara’s Pothole Problem

By Renee Nordstrand on March 20, 2019

Whether you’re in a car, on a motorcycle, biking around town, or just enjoying the weather as a pedestrian, potholes are a serious nuisance. Not just because they look bad and make roads uneven, but because they can do major damage to vehicles and anyone else using the road. While the city has a responsibility to repair potholes within a reasonable amount of time, you might wonder if they have other responsibilities when it comes to these hazards. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident

 

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