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Filing a Claim as “Just” a Passenger

By Renee Nordstrand on August 30, 2020

When you picture a car accident, you may assume that you are in the driver seat. However, it is just as likely that you are a passenger who does not have any control over the situation. A passenger can suffer serious injuries in a car collision, particularly when a vehicle is T-boned on the passenger side. If you have been hurt in a car crash when someone else was driving, you are entitled to file a claim for compensation.

As a passenger injured in a car collision, you have a strong claim, as it is clear you were likely not at fault for the accident that caused your injuries. You also have the advantage of being able to recover compensation from the driver of either vehicle involved in the crash. It is essential to seek damages to cover your medical expenses and time away from work, and to compensate you for all your losses, including pain and suffering. Read the rest »

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Spring-Cleaning Your Insurance Policy

By Renee Nordstrand on May 1, 2020

While many people may be using this time of isolation to catch up on spring-cleaning, it’s also the perfect time to take a closer look at your insurance policy. Specifically, you may want to pay attention to how much uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured (UIM) coverage you have. This important safety net can protect you when a negligent driver’s policy (or lack thereof) fails to cover the full extent of the damages they caused you. Read the rest »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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