California Injury Blog

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


Be Prepared for a Car Fire in Santa Barbara

By Renee Nordstrand on February 28, 2019

Imagine yourself driving, enjoying the open roads around Santa Barbara; you feel stress slip off your shoulders. Unexpectedly, black smoke begins to roll out from under your hood. Your car is on fire and you’re in the middle of the freeway. How did this happen? What do you do? Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident


A Retailer’s Responsibility for a Slip and Fall

By Renee Nordstrand on February 25, 2019

When you’re out shopping in downtown Santa Barbara, you not only expect great customer service and good buys, but to be in a safe environment. And yet, slips and falls in retail stores are common and can be downright dangerous. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability


What’s Worse: Driving Drowsy or Driving Drunk?

By Renee Nordstrand on February 12, 2019

We have all seen “Don’t Drink and Drive” messaging throughout our lives. However, you probably haven’t seen commercials or had police officers come to your school to warn you about the dangers of driving while sleepy.

Research has shown that driving drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. Before people get behind the wheel in Santa Barbara, they should be well-rested and sober, or they risk causing serious car accidents with catastrophic injuries. Read the rest »


Stay Safe While Enjoying the Fresh New Year

By Renee Nordstrand on January 31, 2019

There is a lot to see and do around Santa Barbara come Spring, but it’s important to stay safe. Whether you are driving or walking around, be mindful of others and make sure you never get behind the wheel after drinking. The local trolley companies are a great way to get around, but be careful as you get on and off them. If you see someone else doing something illegal or putting others in danger, contact the police to protect your neighbors and yourself. Read the rest »


Tips for Driving in the Rain

By Renee Nordstrand on December 31, 2018

Winter in Santa Barbara doesn’t see snowfall, but does see a fair bit of rain. While we celebrate the rain for its life-giving properties, we do have to be more careful out on the road. Since the recent fires, mudslides are a dangerous possibility, and our law firm urges you to take all possible precautions. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident


California Wildfires: Are Utility Companies Liable?

By Renee Nordstrand on December 20, 2018

This is the question a lot of people are asking as thousands of Californians continue to reel from the devastating wildfires this year and last. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury


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