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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Maintain Your Car to Keep It on the Road

By Renee Nordstrand on September 18, 2018

If we are being honest, part of the joy of living in Southern California is being able to hit the road and head to the beach, or to just enjoy the wind in your hair. But to keep the good times “rolling,” it is vital to make sure your car is properly maintained and kept in good condition. Read the rest »

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The PCH: One of the Deadliest Roads in America?

By Renee Nordstrand on August 19, 2018

The scenic vistas that can be viewed from the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) are among the most beautiful anywhere in the world. Visitors flock from all over the country and from beyond our nation’s borders to see the view from the PCH. However, in poor conditions it can be among the most dangerous roads in California, including where it passes through Santa Barbara. Read the rest »

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Drive Safely: Look for Poor Road Design and Conditions

By Renee Nordstrand on May 14, 2018

Driving safely does not just mean maintaining control of your vehicle and traveling at reasonable speeds. It also means remaining aware of road conditions that can put you at risk. One of the best ways to avoid accidents is through defensive driving, which means you need to remain aware of your surroundings, anticipate potential dangers, and act responsibly to stay safe. Read the rest »

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Tips to Stay Safe on Wet Roads

By Renee Nordstrand on February 27, 2018

Driving in rainy and wet conditions is far more dangerous than many California drivers appreciate. We are not accustomed to driving in the rain. People often fail to show the proper caution in inclement weather, which leads to collisions.

By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can greatly reduce your chances of striking another vehicle on the road. Driving defensively is always a good idea, but when the roads are slippery, it becomes even more important. Remember to: Read the rest »

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