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How Radars Enforce Speed Limits

By Renee Nordstrand on February 12, 2021

While enjoying the scenic highways that run through California, you may have noticed traffic signs that read “Speed Limit Enforced by Radar,” or even some signs that say, “Speed Limit Enforced by Aircraft.” Neither sign gives much description as to how the process works, and you may be left wondering how your speed is actually monitored. Read the rest »

Posted in: Law & Information


E-Bike Laws & Safety

By Renee Nordstrand on February 4, 2021

There’s a new kid on the block…or should I say, bike path. It’s the electric bike, or E-bike, which everyone and their mother seems to be purchasing in Santa Barbara and beyond, particularly during this last year of Covid quarantine. E-bikes are especially popular with those who are not avid cyclists and want a little help when faced with hills or headwinds. They are also a great alternative to enclosed transportation since they offer low cost, energy efficient, and emission-free transportation that also has physical and health benefits.

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Posted in: Bicycle Accident


What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Laws and Children

By Renee Nordstrand on February 3, 2021

It is every parent’s worst nightmare to see their child severely injured. All parents want to protect their children, but sometimes, other people behave negligently, and children become injured as a result. There are a number of ways that a child could become seriously hurt, such as through dog attacks, slip-and-falls, swimming pool accidents, and so on. While parents can’t protect their children 100% of the time, especially when others are grossly negligent, they can file a claim to recover proper compensation on their child’s behalf. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury


Road Rash: Who Is at Risk?

By Renee Nordstrand on January 27, 2021

When you picture road rash, you may conjure an image of a scraped knee or skinned elbow. While those are technically mild forms of road rash, the severe forms can be much, much worse. Third-degree road rash, for example, usually results in skin, muscle, and tendon being stripped away from the body. In some cases, the bone may even be visible.

These kinds of injuries are devastating and life-threatening. In one we handled, our client was wearing full leathers but still suffered severe road rash injuries and required expensive medical treatment to recover. After an accident, victims of severe road rash have a long and difficult road to recovery in front of them. But who is most at risk for such a severe injury? Read the rest »

Posted in: Motorcycle Accident


What Are the Most Common Forms of Brain Damage?

By Renee Nordstrand on January 19, 2021

The brain is perhaps the most important organ in our bodies. It controls our ability to move, breathe, think, plan, pump blood, and regulates our emotions. That is why brain damage can be so devastating.

Considering how complex the brain is, there are countless ways it can be hurt, and several kinds of injuries it can sustain. At NordstrandBlack PC, we have seen first-hand how devastating these injuries can be. In one instance, our client lost the ability to taste and smell due to a traumatic brain injury. It is important to us that accident victims understand how dangerous these injuries can be and importance of contacting an attorney after an accident. Read the rest »

Posted in: Brain Injury


Black Box Investigations: Getting the Most Out of Your Claim

By Renee Nordstrand on January 11, 2021

Most people have heard of black boxes in the context of planes. However, many don’t know that modern cars and trucks have black boxes as well. These black boxes record key data, which can be used in the course of a truck accident claim to help victims get the compensation they deserve. The team at NordstrandBlack PC has personally investigated numerous truck accidents, including a recent one where we worked with investigators to secure a truck’s black box data. We understand first-hand how important these devices are to accident victims and know how to quickly gain access to them to help our clients recover full compensation after a truck accident.

Black Boxes and Important Data

When used in an airplane, black boxes help investigators discern the cause of a crash, so that they can make changes in the future to prevent further accidents. Black boxes in cars and trucks serve a similar purpose. By recording important data, black boxes can help trucking companies improve efficiency, as well as give accident victims key information that can be used to prove their case. Some of the data that a black box records includes:

  • The truck’s speed before the collision
  • Whether the driver used the brakes
  • Whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt
  • If the truck was going over the speed limit
  • The number of rest periods taken recently
  • The GPS location of the truck
  • The number of times that truck was involved in an accident
  • Any communication between the truck driver and the trucking company
  • The truck’s tire pressure

After a serious trucking accident, victims will likely be left in a difficult financial situation due to their medical bills. In order to recover financially, many victims elect to file a personal injury claim to recover compensation from the at-fault party, in this case the truck driver and the trucking company. A lawyer can get the vital information from the black box to use in support of the client’s claim.

How It Helps Your Claim

When going up against a trucking company, you need to be prepared to back up your claim with airtight evidence. Trucking companies do not want to hand their profits over to you unless you can prove that you truly deserve that compensation. Using the data recorded by the black box, such as the speed of the truck and whether the driver hit the brakes before the collision, can help verify whether the truck driver was at fault for your accident and thus liable for your injuries.

While there is other evidence that you can present, such as witness testimony, expert opinions, police reports, dashcam footage, and photos of the accident, the most valuable evidence will likely be in the black box. Getting your hands on it can be difficult, however, and getting the data off of it can be even more so. Especially since the trucking company that has the black box is unlikely to readily hand it over.

Going Up Against Trucking Companies

Trucking companies, like most businesses, exist to make a profit. Nothing comes above making money, and that includes the rights of accident victims. Due to this bottom-line attitude, most trucking companies will fight tooth and nail to avoid paying compensation to their victims. There are many tactics that they will try to use, including putting the blame on the victim, distancing themselves from the at-fault driver, shredding important documentation, and even having trucks repaired before they can be properly examined.

Just as most personal injury lawyers know that a black box is key in trucking accident claims, so do trucking companies. This means that they will do everything they can to avoid handing the black box over, because black boxes do not hold data indefinitely. They usually wipe data within a certain time period; the amount of time you have before the data wipe depends on the box. Some of them last several weeks, while others will wipe data within just ten minutes. Trucking companies are well aware of this and will often try to hold on to black boxes until the relevant data has been wiped, ensuring that it cannot be used against them.

We at NordstrandBlack PC are well-versed in black box investigations, and we know what it takes to go up against a trucking company. If you have been involved in a serious trucking accident, then you need top-notch legal support from experienced Santa Barbara truck accident attorneys. Give our firm a call at (805) 962-2022 to discuss how best to proceed with your case.

Posted in: Truck Accident


When Boat Accidents and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Mix

By Renee Nordstrand on January 2, 2021

When people consider the dangers of boating, most think of running aground, being lost at sea, colliding with another vessel, or drowning. Very few consider being poisoned by carbon monoxide (CO). CO poisoning is not uncommon in houses, apartments, and other buildings, which is why CO detectors are largely required, but few people think CO poisoning will be a problem on a boat. While this may seem like a one-in-a-million accident, the truth is that CO poisoning on boats is incredibly common, and incredibly dangerous. Read the rest »

Posted in: Boating Accident


The Do’s and Don’ts of Wildfire Insurance Claims

By Renee Nordstrand on December 26, 2020

The wildfires raging on the West Coast in 2020 mark the worst fires that California has experienced yet. Over 4 million acres have burned, and that number is likely to go up before the fires are fully under control.

While Californians are not strangers to fires, many who have lost their homes in this latest blaze may be left wondering what exactly their options are. Thankfully, wildfires are covered under most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies. If they are not, you are usually able to purchase fire insurance separately thanks to the California FAIR plan.

However, insurance companies are rarely, if ever, on your side. More likely than not, they will try to force you to take a far lower settlement than you deserve. That being said, after a fire, there are some steps you can follow to maximize your recovery. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability


Popped Tires and Liability in Auto Accidents

By Renee Nordstrand on December 17, 2020

No driver is a stranger to the concept of a popped tire. As the part of the car that maintains contact with the road, tires are one of the most commonly replaced auto parts. If overused or damaged, they can easily pop and cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. However, even though they are commonplace, there are several different groups you can hold liable for a popped tire. A tire that suddenly pops could easily cause a severe accident, leading to further property damage and serious injuries. When that happens, you would often assume it was the driver’s fault, but it can actually be far more complicated. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident


Treating Injuries During COVID-19

By Renee Nordstrand on December 10, 2020

Before our country was hit by the pandemic all those months ago, the only real stress that came with visiting the doctor was taking the day off from work. These days, however, people have to decide between checking up on their health and running the risk of catching COVID-19. While doctors’ offices and emergency rooms are doing their best to keep their areas sanitized and clean, there is always the risk that a COVID positive person has recently visited, leaving you in a risky position. So, how can people seek medical help in this age of COVID-19, especially following a serious accident? Read the rest »

Posted in: COVID-19


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