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How to Avoid the Dangers of Driver’s Fatigue

By Renee Nordstrand on March 30, 2020

The term driver’s fatigue is used to describe when a driver becomes overly tired and has a hard time driving safely. While there are currently no specific laws that prohibit driving when overly tired, if you drive fatigued and subsequently cause an accident, you may be opening yourself up to criminal or civil liability.

Furthermore, according to California Vehicle Code Section 23103 VC, if a tired driver is driving negligently – as in not following the rules of the road – they can be tried for reckless driving. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident


Recent Regulations Make Santa Barbara Parks Safer

By Renee Nordstrand on March 16, 2020

Parks and playgrounds are the perfect places to take the family for some fresh air. Santa Barbara has many amazing parks just waiting for the public to enjoy. However, there are some new rules you should be aware of before planning your family outing. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability


Will Blind Spots Be a Thing of the Past?

By Renee Nordstrand on March 2, 2020

In November 2019, 14-year-old Alaina Gessler won a $25,000 prize for her brilliant and innovative solution for eliminating blind spots on vehicles. Alaina was determined to solve this problem after she noticed how her mother was fearful when driving their SUV, primarily due to the large pillar on the corner of the cab that blocked a significant portion of her mother’s view, creating a blind spot. Though she was unable to drive herself, Alaina understood the hazards associated with blind spots and took it upon herself to solve the problem. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident


The Hidden Complication of Accidents: CRPS

By Renee Nordstrand on February 21, 2020

If you have been injured in an auto accident, the injuries are often quite visible, with most long-term effects known and predictable. However, a little-known complication that can arise after physical trauma is called “complex regional pain syndrome,” or CRPS.

CRPS is an injury to your peripheral and central nervous systems that causes your brain to believe that your limb or body part is damaged and painful long after an injury is healed – leading to worsening pain and disability. Those who suffer from CRPS are often unaware of the underlying causes of their pain and try to “live with it,” assuming the injury is still healing. Read the rest »


Speed Is the True Danger in Car Crashes 

By Renee Nordstrand on January 21, 2020

Speeding is the riskiest of aggressive driving behaviors – in fact, it is the greatest predictor of a crash, as a new study shows.

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Could Santa Barbara Soon See Worse Earthquakes?  

By Renee Nordstrand on January 7, 2020

In February 2017, a research team including professionals from U.C. Riverside announced that the Ventura-Pitas Point fault is likely more powerful than anyone had previously suspected. The fault, which lies under the City of Ventura and runs offshore, coming up beneath the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta, appears to be shallower than researchers once thought, which could lead to more violent shaking in the event of an earthquake.

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The Conception: When Boating Goes Wrong

By Renee Nordstrand on October 29, 2019

NordstrandBlack PC, like many others, was shocked and horrified by the September 2nd fire aboard the dive boat Conception, which claimed 34 lives and shattered countless others. Flames swept through the 75-foot vessel around 3:30 a.m. in Platt’s Harbor off Santa Cruz Island, and only five crew members, who were sleeping above deck, escaped. Rescuers were not able to breach the hull of the boat due to the intensity of the blaze, and it sank by morning. Our Santa Barbara boating accident attorneys have reviewed the facts. Read the rest »

Posted in: Boating Accident


Renée Nordstrand Proud to Support Waves of Empowerment

By Renee Nordstrand on October 1, 2019

On September 12, 2019, Renée Nordstrand, partner at NordstrandBlack PC, and her fellow board members of the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation hosted a charity gala meant to inspire and empower people with disabilities. Read the rest »

Posted in: Law Firm News


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


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