New York Pedestrian Accident Count Is Fourth Highest in the Nation

by Keith Adkins | February 27th, 2015

Pedestrian safety continues to be a problem in New York after a new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association showed our state had one of the highest pedestrian accident counts in the nation.

The study was examining trends in the number of pedestrian accidents in each state during the six month period between January-June each year. While New York pedestrian accident numbers declined in 2014 from 2013, the state still had the fourth highest accident count in the nation.

Data indicates that from January-June 2013, there were 156 New York pedestrian accidents. In 2014, that number declined by 44 accidents to 112. Despite this significant decrease, New York still ranked behind only California, Florida, and Texas.

These numbers reiterate the need for a focus on pedestrian safety in our state. That’s why the Buffalo personal injury lawyers at William Mattar Law Offices would like to remind you about several ways you can help to keep our roadways safe for everyone.

Motorists should:

  • Be Vigilant- Stop at all marked intersections and look twice in both directions before entering the crossing. Also, be extra cautious and watch for pedestrians when driving in low-light conditions between dusk and dawn.
  • Yield Right-of-Way- It’s important for motorists to remember that at marked crosswalks, pedestrians have the right-of-way if signage is telling them to walk. So, be sure to slow down and come to a stop at such crossings.

Pedestrians Should:

  • Obey Traffic Laws- This means crossing streets only in designated crosswalks, using sidewalks when available, and obeying all street lights and signs.
  • Be Seen- Carry a flashlight and wear light-colored or reflective clothing when walking after dark or before the sun comes up.

 

 

 

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Wintercycle Therapy Bike Show Taking Place This Weekend in Western New York

by Keith Adkins | February 20th, 2015

Do you live in western New York and love motorcycles? Is it still too cold for you to ride? If you answered yes to these questions, the Buffalo motorcycle accident lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices would like to tell you about an upcoming event you shouldn’t miss.

The annual Wintercycle Therapy bike show is set to take place this weekend, February 21 and 22, at the Glenn Curtiss Museum located in Hammondsport, New York. Reports from the Star Gazette say the event will kick off at 10 A.M. each day and wrap up at 4 P.M.

The event will feature showings of some of the finest vintage motorcycles in the region, including a replica of the 1907 model motorcycle that earned its maker the title of “Fastest Man on Earth” when it traveled more than 136 miles per hour. Another motorcycle that will be on hand for viewing is a bike that was built in 1915 using a rotary engine attached to the rear wheel.

The cost to attend the event is $7 and includes access to all areas of the Glenn Curtiss Museum, including exhibits featuring classic cars and airplanes.

The Buffalo personal injury lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices would like to remind motorcycle enthusiasts that attending this event could be a great way to open a dialogue about motorcycle safety. If you choose to attend Wintercycle Therapy, we encourage you to discuss motorcycle safety tips and laws with your loved ones as you make your way through the event.

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New Simulator May Help Reduce New York Distracted Driving Accidents

by Keith Adkins | February 13th, 2015

Distracted driving continues to be one of the leading causes of New York car accidents. In fact, estimates show that as many as 80 percent of motor vehicle collisions are the result of driver inattention.

As the number of distracted drivers continues to swell, many wonder what is being done to make roads safer. The state has passed a regulation that prohibits all motorists from using handheld electronic devices behind the wheel of a vehicle. An infraction is punishable by a fine and five points on offenders’ drivers licenses.

While these laws may act as a deterrent for some, most experts agree that raising public awareness about the dangers of distracted driving is one of the best ways to combat the problem. That’s why Toyota has developed a new driving simulator to teach users about the risks of distracted driving.

Yibada reports the Oculus Rift simulator offers users the opportunity to attempt to drive through a closed course while facing realistic distractions, such as phone calls, texts, loud passengers, and obstacles in the road.

The simulator was purchased last year for approximately $400 million and will be available to try around the United States during events scheduled throughout the nation, including New York.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we know the dangers distracted driving poses. That’s why our New York personal injury lawyers encourage you to consider taking a ride in this new simulator when it comes to a town near you. If you’re a parent, we encourage you to discuss the risks of distracted driving with your teenager.

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February is Black History Month

by William Mattar | February 12th, 2015

In honor of Black History Month, William Mattar has sponsored a Time Warner Cable spot commemorating the contributions of notable African Americans to the history of our country.

You can watch a video of the spot here.

 

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Funds Requested to Reduce Cycling and Pedestrian Accidents in New York

by Keith Adkins | February 6th, 2015

Thenumber of bicyclists and pedestrians on New York’s roads continues to increase, but funding to support projects creating a safer environment for these commuters continues to get cut. In response, dozens of advocates for pedestrian and cycling safety descended upon Albany this week to bring awareness to the dangers roads and highways pose to walkers and cyclists and to solicit funds to support their cause.

The groups point out that 29 percent of New York’s highway fatalities are cyclists or victims of New York pedestrian accidents, yet only 2 percent of the state’s transportation budget is allotted infrastructure improvements benefiting these pedestrian groups.

That’s why supporters of New Yorkers for Active Transportation have come to the Capitol to ask for $20 million to be set aside from the state budget for bicycle and pedestrian safety projects. According to Streetsblog NYC, they are also requesting better tracking of funds distributed to the state’s transportation budget and for the gaps along the Erie Canalway Trail—a 300 mile path—to be closed.

State legislators are considering the requests.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we understand the impact a simple improvement to the roadway can have on safety. That’s why our team of Buffalo personal injury lawyers are hopeful our state’s lawmakers will carefully consider granting the requests presented by safety advocates this week.

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Put an End to Driving Under the Influence This Super Bowl Weekend

by Keith Adkins | January 30th, 2015

The Super Bowl is taking place this weekend. That means many New Yorkers are preparing for the game and all the festivities that go with it.

St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI program says that Super Bowl weekend is notorious for increased rates of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, impaired drivers are also responsible for causing a large number of New York car accidents each year.

To help prevent drunk and drugged driving accidents, law enforcement agencies from throughout the state will be patrolling and conducting special operations to take impaired motorists off the road.

The Buffalo car accident lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices point out that you can do your part to prevent drunk driving accidents this weekend by:

  • Not Drinking and Driving- Simply pledge not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol. You can encourage others to do the same as well.
  • Designating a Driver- Before you head out to watch the game, decide who will be staying sober to drive home.
  • Utilizing Other Means of Transportation- If you can’t get a designated driver, plan to use a cab, ride sharing service, or loved one to get you home safely.

North Country Now also provides several safety tips to consider if you’re hosting a Super Bowl party where alcohol will be served.

We hope these tips help you to have a safe and fun Super Bowl weekend!

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Are the Odds of New York Car Accidents Increased by Lower Gas Prices?

by Keith Adkins | January 23rd, 2015

Gas prices have been plummeting across New York in recent months to averages of around $2.00 per gallon. For many, this slash in prices is a good thing. However, a recent study shows that a decrease in gas prices of this magnitude could mean a greater risk of being involved in a New York car accident.

My FOX News reports South Dakota State University Professor, Guangqing Chi, analyzed the relationship between gas prices and highway fatalities. He found that a $2.00 decrease in gas prices could lead to an additional 9,000 traffic fatalities per year in the United States. He went on to explain that even a $0.20 drop in gas prices could lead to an additional 15 motor vehicle collision deaths per year.

Dr. Chi explains that when gas prices are lower and the economy is doing well, U.S. citizens tend to drive more. With more motorists on the road more frequently, it comes as no surprise that an increase in serious accidents will occur.

Be prepared for the unpredictable and read what to do after a New York car accident. The attorneys with William Mattar Law Offices point out there are four steps you should take after being involved in a collision.

We understand things can become complicated after an accident, so if you need to speak with a New York car accident lawyer regarding your legal rights, we’re here to help. We can be reached at 444-4444 anytime.

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William Mattar Offers Free CO Detectors This Sunday

by Keith Adkins | January 16th, 2015

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas that can cause serious injury or death. In fact, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that each year, an average of 430 Americans lose their lives to CO poisoning.

To help prevent such fatalities here in New York, January has been named Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Awareness Month. Lawmakers have also passed a piece of legislation—known as Amanda’s Law—that requires every residential structure to be equipped with a CO detector. The law is named after Amanda Hansen, who passed away at age 16 due to CO poisoning.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we recognize the costs involved with getting CO detectors, but we also know the importance of having this lifesaving device in your home. That’s why our Buffalo personal injury lawyers are offering CO detectors to the public at no cost.

To get your free CO detector, just come out Tops Friendly Market in Lockport on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. and our team will get you set up with a CO detector unit free of charge. Just remember, there’s a limit of one unit per household.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from CO poisoning with a CO detector. If you already have one, regularly check the batteries on the unit to ensure it’s functioning properly.

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Why Choose William Mattar?

by William Mattar | January 12th, 2015

After a motor vehicle accident, experienced legal representation can help you collect compensation for your injuries. So, why should you choose William Mattar Law Offices? Our car accident injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help you get the best possible results for your claim. We’re ready to answer your questions if you’ve been injured in an auto accident—call (800) 317-2424 now.

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How Safety Regulations Protect Drivers From Truck Accidents

by Keith Adkins | January 9th, 2015

There are very specific truck driving rules and regulations designed to ensure commercial vehicles operate and travel in a safe manner. When these laws are broken, truck accidents happen. One of the most important laws New York State has implemented regulate the amount of rest truck drivers must have before operating vehicles.

Why Regulate Truck Driver’s Rest?

Many truck drivers are paid by the job, load, or hour. So the more they can work, the more money they make. Unfortunately, drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of truck accidents today. That’s why rules regulating the amount of rest a truck driver must get each week—known as the Hours of Operation laws—are important.

How the Hours of Operation Rules Could Change

In 2013, laws went into effect that require truck drivers to get two consecutive nights off for every 70 hours they spend behind the wheel. According to New York Now, a Congressional spending bill that is currently under consideration could change that though.

A section written into the current bill would repeal the law. The rules would be up for consideration again in October after a study is conducted on the effects of regulations on truck accidents.

Hurt in a Truck Accident? William Mattar Can Help.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we are aware of the important role trucking regulations play in the scheme of safety. We’re hopeful current laws will remain in tact, but we recognize that laws cannot always prevent accidents from happening.

That’s why we’re here to help if you’ve suffered truck accident injuries. Call us today at 444-4444 to get a free case consultation.

 

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