December 11th, 2013
December 11, 2013
The risks of being involved in a motor vehicle collision are a serious danger for the elderly. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 5,560 motorists over the age of 65-years-old were killed and another 214,000 were injured in vehicle accidents just last year. The New York Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain that federal officials recently announced the implementation of new guidelines to regulate the operation of vehicles by elderly drivers.
According to an NHTSA Press Release, the agency has created a five-year plan, which has goals ranging from improvement of vehicle safety to correcting dangerous driver behavior. These programs will include developing and nurturing proficient technology that will allow vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. Furthermore, officials plan to create educational programs that address physical changes drivers may experience with age that can affect the ability to safety operate vehicles.
The agency also announced intentions to beef up its data collection methods in order to improve the information that is being gathered. This will include studies on how age-related conditions can affect a person’s ability to drive.
William Mattar and his team of New York Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the government’s efforts to improve highway safety and are hopeful the program is a success!
December 9th, 2013
December 9, 2013
Each year, a high number of accidents between bicycles and motor vehicles occur resulting in deaths and injuries. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and National Safety Council shows that an estimated 38,000 injuries were associated with bicycle accidents in 2011, costing taxpayers roughly $4 billion.
The New York Bicycle Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain that wearing bicycle helmets can significantly reduce the chances of injuries. That’s why the NHTSA is working to raise awareness on the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike.
The agency has issued a Press Release discussing the subject and how having a helmet that fits properly is just as important as using this piece of safety gear. Their experts say the helmet should sit level on the head and low on the forehead, while the chinstrap should fit snuggly. The side straps of the helmet should also come to a “V” slightly beneath and in front of the ears.
After learning to properly fit a helmet, the NHTSA is asking cyclists to become “Roll Models” by teaching others the importance of helmets and how to properly fit them.
William Mattar’s team of New York Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the efforts made to reduce bicycle accident injuries, and they are hopeful the programs are a success!
December 6th, 2013
December 6, 2013
The population of elderly citizens in the United States is continuing to grow each day. Figures indicate that, since 2003, the number of Americans over the age of 65 years old has increased by 20 percent. With age comes a deterioration in vision , hearing, and reaction times, which can too often lead to motor vehicle accidents.
The New York Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain the federal government is working to improve safety guidelines for elderly drivers in order to reduce the chances of this particular demographic being involved in a collision. Experts claim the changes are needed, considering a three percent increase in the number of elderly motorists killed and a 16 percent spike in the number of injured older drivers last year compared to 2011.
These numbers prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to call for better vehicle safety equipment, including the implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. Furthermore, the NTHSA called for a better data collection system to be created, as well as increasing driver awareness of the effects age can have on one’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
William Mattar’s New York Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the serious risks drivers face on the road. That is why the firm is hopeful the NHTSA’s plan to improve highway safety is successful!
December 4th, 2013
December 4, 2013
Buffalo is facing a high number of collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles. In fact, data indicates that last year alone, 43 cyclists and pedestrians died as a result of accidents involving vehicles. The Buffalo Bicycle Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices point out that roughly 304 people per month were injured in these crashes.
The city is working to correct the problem with a Complete Streets initiative spearheaded by Go Bike Buffalo. The group works to ensure that any upgrades or repairs that are made to the city’s streets take all types of commuters into consideration.
The program is responsible for Mayor Byron Brown to dedicate the funds and manpower that are needed to install at least 10 miles of new bicycle infrastructure in Buffalo each year. Officials are also working to develop a new infrastructure master plan that would be more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. More racks where bicycles can be secured were installed throughout the city as well this summer to promote cycling as a mode of transportation.
William Mattar’s Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made by the city to improve roadways for pedestrians and cyclists alike and the firm is hopeful to see more projects with similar goals being adopted in the future.
December 2nd, 2013
December 2, 2013
A study called The Hurt Report concluded that a large portion of motorcycle accidents that involve another vehicle are caused by the failure drivers to recognize or yield the right-of-way to oncoming motorcyclists. The Rochester Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain such an accident was responsible for claiming the life of a 49-year-old New York man recently.
An article from The Post-Standard states the crash happened just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, at the corner of Ridge and Barclay roads in Sodus, New York. Reports indicate a 57-year-old driver was traveling southbound along Barclay.
As he approached the intersection with Ridge Road, the man came to a stop at a stop sign and he brought the vehicle to a halt. As he pulled into the crossing to make a turn onto Ridge Road though, the driver failed to recognize the victim’s oncoming motorcycle and pulled out in front of the bike.
The motorcyclist did not have time to stop and the two vehicles collided, killing the driver of the motorcycle. Charges stemming from the crash are pending the outcome of a full investigation into the incident.
William Mattar’s Rochester Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the difficulties that can accompany the loss of a loved one because of another person’s negligence. That is why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the family of the victim of this latest tragic accident.
November 27th, 2013
November 27, 2013
Thanksgiving is approaching, and hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are expected to take to the highways. The holiday is known for producing some of the highest annual traffic volumes in the state, which too often results in motor vehicle collisions.
The New York Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices point out that the New York State Police will be implementing “special traffic enforcement” techniques throughout the holiday weekend to help reduce the number of crashes this Thanksgiving. These methods include saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and using unmarked patrol units to catch distracted drivers.
A story published by The Observer states officers on the road will be watching for aggressive behaviors such as tailgating, speeding, and vehicles weaving in traffic. Meanwhile, fixed sobriety checkpoints will be utilized at pinpointed locations throughout the state as a means of keeping drunk drivers off the road. This particular operation is especially important because the Thanksgiving holiday produces a high number of alcohol-related collisions.
As part of “Operation Hang Up”, troopers with the state’s Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) unit will be working to ensure motorists are not talking or texting while driving.
William Mattar and his firm of New York Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts the state is making to keep motorists safe and urge drivers to take safety into consideration at all times when traveling this holiday season!
November 26th, 2013
When you are harmed in a motor vehicle accident due to another person’s fault, you may have a cause of action against that other person. Cause of action can be defined as a set of facts that allow you the right to sue for harms caused. While a cause of action may entitle you to money, you should consider legal representation to ensure maximum recovery. To obtain legal representation, an attorney-client relationship must be formed, usually through a retainer agreement or contract between you and an attorney. Once retained by you, your attorney can act on your behalf, from negotiating a satisfactory settlement to litigating your case to verdict. Retaining an attorney as soon as possible after your cause of action accrues can be helpful because there are important deadlines (e.g., statutes of limitation and notice requirements) you must meet to ensure you do not lose out the compensation and coverage you deserve.
November 25th, 2013
November 25, 2013
Large commercial trucks present a greater risk to motorists on the highway than ever before, considering an increase in the number of accidents reported truck accidents last year. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates an estimated 25,000 truck accidents occurred in 2012. The New York Truck Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices point out this was an 8.7 percent increase over 2011.
In an effort to curb the growing number of accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched a Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP). Officials say the program has successfully helped reduce accident numbers in the transportation industry by providing employers with vital information that can be used to determine if they should hire certain drivers.
The program supplies employers with a database of information that includes a five-year crash history and three-year inspection history on all registered drivers. So far, the program has been seen as a success. Researchers have shown use of the PSP has significantly reduced accident rates.
William Mattar is a New York Personal Injury Lawyer who recognizes just how devastating the results of accidents involving commercial trucks can be. That is why the firm is hopeful more trucking companies will begin using the PSP to ensure they hire the safest drivers available.
November 22nd, 2013
November 22, 2013
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles reports that a total of 21,969 collisions between vehicles and bicycles or pedestrians were recorded last year. The Rochester Pedestrian Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain officials in Livingston County are hoping to reduce this number by launching a new transportation project aimed at improving roadway safety.
An article from The Lamron states the county’s planning department recently met and approved a program that will enhance road safety. The Village of Geneseo will serve as a pilot for the project.
Some of the improvements include creating a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment at intersections along Main, North, and Court streets. Furthermore, new lighting and better crosswalks are to be installed on Court Street, and a bus shelter will be built at the intersection of Center and Main. Areas for parking bicycles are also planned in the area.
Geneseo was selected as the first town to receive improvements because of its high population of students and tourists. If the project is successful, officials hope to expand it to other rural regions surrounding Rochester.
William Mattar is a Rochester Personal Injury Lawyer who recognizes the dangers cyclists and pedestrians face on the road. That’s why he and his firm are hopeful the project is successful in reducing the number of pedestrian accidents.
November 20th, 2013
November 20, 2013
Tens of thousands of motor vehicle accidents are reported in New York State each year. The contributing factors to these crashes are numerous. In some cases, defective car products are sometimes listed as the cause of crashes. The New York Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain that collisions caused by faulty equipment on vehicles often lead to automotive recalls to both protect the pubic from harm and minimize liability.
An example of an automotive recall can be seen in the controversy swirling around Toyota. The auto manufacturer is facing claims that they installed faulty accelerator systems in their vehicles, causing motorists to lose control and crash. The company has had to recall and repair hundreds of thousands of vehicles and is facing lawsuits in both federal and state courts.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is attempting to reduce the impact of faulty vehicle equipment by launching a new program that will allow individuals to enter their Vehicle Identification Number into a database. The system will then search for any outstanding recalls on the vehicle. Officials are hopeful the program will improve automobile safety across the United States.
William Mattar and his firm of New York Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to improve vehicle safety and are hopeful the new program is a success!