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Can I Recover Punitive Damages After a Car Accident?

By Renee Nordstrand on April 14, 2021

After being injured by another driver, you may be angry at the person who hit you, frustrated with the insurance claims process, and concerned about your future. A single drunk driving accident could cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills, weeks to months in lost wages, and years of emotional trauma. Your best option may be to file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your damages. In addition, in some cases, it may be possible for you to receive punitive damages in California.

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Posted in: Personal Injury


How Truck Weigh Stations Prevent Accidents

By Renee Nordstrand on March 30, 2021

As a California driver, you have likely seen the many weigh stations that line our major highways, including those here in Santa Barbara County. And what gets weighed? Vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 lbs. These weigh stations exist to ensure that large commercial trucks and trailers meet all California and federal safety standards and to ensure these vehicles are not overloaded.

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Posted in: Truck Accident


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted in: Premises Liability


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