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 »
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 »
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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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »