What Makes Motorcycles So Much More Dangerous Than Cars?

By Renee Nordstrand on November 20, 2023

A motorcycle on the ground in an intersection after an accident.

It’s not surprising that California has more motorcycle riders than any other state. Of course, California has the largest population, but there are additional reasons why motorcycles are popular in the Golden State. Our short rainy season makes it possible for people to use motorcycles to get around town and commute to work almost year-round.

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Posted in: Motorcycle Accident

Fact Check: Is Jaywalking Really Legal in California Now?

By Renee Nordstrand on October 5, 2023

Woman jay walking, we see headlights behind her.

You may have heard that jaywalking is now legal in California, but this is incorrect. Jaywalking is still against the law, but as of January 1, 2023, police are no longer permitted to stop pedestrians and issue citations for jaywalking unless the person who is crossing the street is creating a hazard.

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Parent Liability When a Child Harms Others While Riding an E-bike

By Renee Nordstrand on September 20, 2023

Painting of an electrical bike on pavement

E-bikes are growing in popularity because they are a fun and convenient way to get around. Many parents in California are buying e-bikes for their children. Parents, however, need to be aware that they may be held liable if a passenger, pedestrian, or someone else is injured due to an e-bike crash caused by their child’s actions.

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Posted in: Bicycle Accident

Did You Get a Jury Duty Summons in Santa Barbara County?

By Renee Nordstrand on August 20, 2023

Empty jury box in a court room

Although I often hear people complain when they get summoned for jury duty it truly is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. Our legal system relies on citizen jurors. This is a serious and important civic duty, and it provides the bedrock of justice for everyone. All persons who are accused of a crime or involved in a civil dispute have a constitutional right to have their case decided by a jury.

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Posted in: Law & Information

Keeping You Safe-NordstrandBlack’s Summer Bike Helmet Giveaway

By Renee Nordstrand on August 7, 2023

Riding a bike is a wonderful activity that the whole family can enjoy, and there’s no better place to ride than Santa Barbara, CA. There are beautiful beaches, exquisite views, a temperate climate, and endless sunny days. Santa Barbara County is also home to several spectacular bike trails.

Our team at NordstrandBlack PC loves residing in Santa Barbara, and we consider it a privilege to give back to our community whenever possible. That’s why we’re pleased to announce our Summer Bike Helmet Giveaway. We’re giving away six brand-new bicycle helmets to local Santa Barbara County residents. With just a few clicks on your phone or computer, entering our contest is easy!

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Announcing Our Second 2023 College Scholarship Winner

By Renee Nordstrand on July 7, 2023

A sea of graduates with caps and gowns.

We received several outstanding submissions for this year’s college scholarship. The initial plan was to select one winner, but two entrants stood out for their excellence and impressive dedication to success. Therefore, we decided to award two $500 scholarships this year.

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Announcing Our First (of Two) NordstrandBlack PC 2023 College Scholarship Winner

By Renee Nordstrand on July 6, 2023

Two graduates in a cap and gown at the top of a tall stair case with beautiful blue skies behind them.

After an overwhelming response and an exceptional pool of applicants, we at NordstrandBlack PC are pleased to announce that this year there will be TWO winners of our $500 college scholarship! The decision to award two scholarships was not initially planned, but the exceptional quality of this year’s applications and the inspiring stories we encountered compelled us to extend our support to an additional student, who will be announced on July 6th, 2023.

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Bicycle Helmets/Bell Sports Recalls Giro Merit Bicycle Helmet Due to Safety Concerns/Helmet Giveaway

By Renee Nordstrand on June 20, 2023

bicycle helmets

California Vehicle Code 21212 provides that all riders and passengers under the age of 18 are legally required to wear a helmet when using a bicycle, a non-motorized scooter, in-line roller skates, or a skateboard to travel along streets or bikeways, or on any other public bicycle path or trail. This includes anyone under 18 who is in a restraining seat that is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle.

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Posted in: Bicycle Accident

Announcing the Finalists for Our 2023 College Scholarship

By Renee Nordstrand on June 14, 2023

Two grads stand facing the ocean away from the camera!

Our team at NordstrandBlack PC is truly heartened by the response we received for this year’s $500 college scholarship. The essay prompt asks entrants to tell us what your experiences have taught you about overcoming life’s obstacles. The essays we received were informative, well-written, and deeply moving.

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week Is in April

By Renee Nordstrand on April 8, 2023

Black dog bites toy that a human hand is holding. They are playing together. We see the dogs teeth.

There are over 85 million dogs kept as pets in this country. Dogs provide their owners with love and companionship, and they’re a wonderful addition to many households.

It’s important to remember that dogs are animals that may react violently in certain situations. But there are several things we can do to help prevent dogs from biting people. That’s why April 9 through April 15 has been declared National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

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