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Pedestrian Accidents: Where and When Do They Happen?

By Renee Nordstrand on November 26, 2020

Every few years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases a report on how many pedestrians were hit and injured by vehicles and under what circumstances those collisions occurred. These reports can give pedestrians and drivers an insight into when to pay close attention to traffic, when to slow down, and when to be careful. After all, when a car hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian will likely be severely injured, and no one wants to be the cause of someone else’s suffering. Read the rest »


SBPD Hopes to Make Roads Safer for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

By Renee Nordstrand on August 10, 2019

The Santa Barbara Police Department chose June 10, 2019, as a good day to tackle road safety. They conducted a bicycle-and-pedestrian-safety enforcement operation, which was on the look-out for drivers, cyclists, and walkers who were violating traffic laws. The SBPD received a grant to fund this program in part from the California Office of Traffic Safety. 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 »


Pedestrians in Greatest Danger in Decades

By Renee Nordstrand on January 22, 2018

For the second year in a row, pedestrian deaths have increased in America.

Pedestrians in Southern California share the roads with bicyclists, motorcycles, and cars, but lack protection from the tremendous damage these vehicles can cause. As drivers become more careless—usually due to mobile devices—pedestrian are in greater danger of being injured or killed. Read the rest »


Navigating Crowded Parking Lots This Holiday Season

By Renee Nordstrand on November 25, 2017

pexels-photo-312081Parking lots are dangerous places. An estimated one in five motor vehicle accidents will take place in a parking lot. The combination of drivers and pedestrians in close quarters can be a serious hazard. During the holidays, the large crowds and higher likelihood of stressed-out people rushing about makes for a particularly frightful situation. Read the rest »


Drive Safely in Residential Neighborhoods

By Renee Nordstrand on September 22, 2017

children-2088382_1920Did you know that in the United States, there are more children killed by motor vehicles, comparatively, than other first-world nations? Even though our healthcare system gives a child injured in a crash a better chance of survival, it’s not enough.

Driving through residential neighborhoods is different from cruising along a highway—it can require more care and caution. In particular, drivers must be careful of children who may run into the street. Read the rest »


Safely Watching Your Step During the Holidays?

By Renee Nordstrand on December 19, 2016

The typical holiday shopper image is that of a pedestrian leaving the mall, uncomfortably loaded with too many bags full of merchandise, on their way to the parking lot. For many shoppers, especially those with young children, this is the time of the year that there are more people out at shopping centers paying attention to those kids than they are the cars driving by. And that creates a dangerous situation.

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Pedestrians Beware on Black Friday!

By Renee Nordstrand on November 23, 2016

The day after Thanksgiving offers some of the best sales of the holiday season, making it one of the busiest shopping days in America. All of that shopping means lots of traffic, which can be hazardous not only to other drivers but also to pedestrians who often share the road. While people should always be mindful of drivers and hazards around them while walking in Santa Barbara County, there are additional concerns to keep in mind on Black Friday. In general, be wary whenever crossing roads, don’t assume drivers see you and will stop for you; always make eye contact with drivers before stepping in front of their vehicle. Be considerate of other pedestrians on sidewalks.

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Santa Barbara District Attorney Files Felony DUI Charges in Pedestrian Injury

By Renee Nordstrand on November 25, 2013

A Los Angeles man has been charged with felony DUI in connection with an October 11 Santa Barbara automobile accident that left a pedestrian with critical and life-threatening injuries.

The 23-year-old man is accused making a left turn into a 24-year-old pedestrian who was crossing at the 300 block of Carrillo Street. Initial blood tests determined that the driver of the automobile had a blood alcohol content of 0.11. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above.

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Lompoc Family Wants Justice for 8-Year-Old Injured in Crash

By Renee Nordstrand on June 4, 2013

The family of an eight-year-old Lompoc girl who was struck by a car while playing in her neighborhood is demanding to know why the driver of the vehicle has only received a citation for the pedestrian accident.

It has been weeks since the crash, which left the little girl with two broken ribs, a broken collarbone, a sprained wrist, and a laceration to her liver. The family claims that the little girl also suffered brain trauma. She has not been back to school since the accident.

The family alleges that the driver of the vehicle hit the girl and then left the scene of the accident to run into her boyfriend’s house. Lompoc Police say that they do not consider the accident a hit-and-run, but that the case has been sent to the District Attorney’s office for review.

According to KCOY News, the family is still waiting to hear from the driver of the vehicle and wants her to pay for what she’s done.

“Why aren’t they helping us? Why aren’t they reaching out to our family? Where is the compassion for us? I just want answers,” the girl’s grandmother told KCOY News.

The driver was cited for cutting a corner too closely before striking the little girl, who was riding her scooter. Lompoc Police say that alcohol or drugs are not considered a factor in the crash.

The girl’s grandmother told KCOY News that she feels a citation isn’t enough for what’s been done. “It’s not fair,” she said.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian crash, you can be faced with expensive medical bills and rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, and permanent disability. The pedestrian accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Reneé J. Nordstrand are dedicated to providing our clients with the experienced and compassionate legal representation they deserve. We promise to fight for your legal rights and will tenaciously seek the maximum compensation you will need to speed you on your road to recovery.

If you have questions about your case, call our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022 or our Encino office at (818) 981-3530 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can also be contacted online. We are here to help you and your family.


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