Preview: 2014 ABA Annual Meeting

by wmm | July 31st, 2014

The 2014 American Bar Association Annual Meeting will take place August 8 – 10 in Boston. The program features several keynote speakers and events to address topics important to the legal profession.

Among the speakers will be U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

Other events and showcases will revolve around a variety of issues, including gun control and gun safety, the case for marriage equality, and fiction/non-fiction writing for lawyers.

In another panel, Sports Illustrated analyst and law professor Michael McCann will lead a discussion on whether the federal government can allow certain states the right to legal sports betting (Nevada) but prohibit it in all other states. This issue is at the basis of the groundbreaking New Jersey case to legalize sports wagering, along with the Supreme Court denying to review challenges filed by New Jersey governor Chris Christie (among others).

The bar association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world, made up of nearly 400,000 members — including attorneys at William Mattar Law Offices.

Learn more about our auto injury attorneys here.

By Katrina Do
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Hot car deaths – can they be prevented?

by wmm | July 29th, 2014

The case of the Georgia father accused of intentionally leaving his son to die in an overheated car continues to shock and spark debate around the nation. But as disturbing as this case is, a string of similar cases continue to emerge in the U.S., and yet another child was killed last week in Wichita, Kan.

The question now is whether accidental deaths of infants in cars may be prevented; and if so, how? Are parents solely responsible for preventing a child’s death? Should the government mandate certain safety measures, such as a driver-reminder alert, in order to prevent accidental deaths?

CNN reports another car safety feature — much like an unbuckled seat belt alert– will become a requirement in 2018. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final rule in March that requires all cars (made after 2018) to have rear-visibility technology. According to the government agency, more than 200 people (about 30% include children under 5) are killed annually in “unintentional backing” incidents.

In terms of overheated cars, however, the NHTSA concluded that the technology was not sufficient enough to reduce infant heatstroke. Until the necessary resources are available to create such safety tool, here are some tips to prevent accidentally leaving a child alone in a car:

• Look before you lock. Even put a reminder, such as a cell phone or shoe (something you wouldn’t leave the car without), near the backseat to remind you that there is a child on board.
• Always lock your car and keep the keys out of reach; 30% of fatalities result from children deciding to play in the car.
• Always be aware of your surroundings, whether in or outside a vehicle.

Learn more about different types of auto safety here.

By Katrina Do
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Study Examines Vehicle Age and Size as Car Accident Factors

by Keith Adkins | July 25th, 2014

Statistics have long shown teenage drivers have higher rates of car accidents than older drivers. For many years, inexperience behind the wheel was the cited as a potential car accident cause for many of the crashes. However, one new study looked into the possibility of other contributing factors.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found teens who are killed in motor vehicle collisions are more likely to be driving older and smaller vehicles. This means vehicles are less likely to be equipped with the latest safety features, which can put occupants at risk of serious injuries.

These findings leave many people questioning what can be done to keep teens safe on the road. An article from The New York Times suggests several safety tips. The first is to get a vehicle with a high safety rating. These vehicles will likely be equipped with features like electronic stability control. Also, teenagers should avoid high-horsepower vehicles, as fast cars may tempt people to drive faster than their capabilities.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we have a team of Buffalo car accident attorneys that recognizes the importance of keeping motorists safe on the road. That’s why we also suggest discussing the importance of safety behind the wheel with your teen on a consistent basis.

 

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GM Continues to Deny Responsibility for Defective Ignition Switch Crashes

by Keith Adkins | July 18th, 2014

Manufacturers of automobiles in the United States are under a legal obligation to test their vehicles and parts to ensure safety prior to their release to the public. If any problems are discovered, they must be corrected.

Reports indicate General Motors (GM) was aware of as many as 1 million of their vehicles being equipped with a defective ignition switch and/or airbags, but failed to take corrective action despite being warned by attorneys of the risks of facing civil litigation.

CNN News claims GM received reports of the problem in early 2013, after an engineer reported the ignition switch issue to top executives. The company ignored the problem though, and was warned by attorneys at least four times that failing to address the issue could result in costly lawsuits and penalties.

Despite these findings coming to light, GM CEO Mary Barra has stated the company will not take responsibility for all of the accidents involving more than 1 million vehicles that have been recalled because of the ignition switch and airbag problems. Barra went on to claim the defective car parts are two different sets of circumstances and should not be categorized with one another.

This lack of responsibility is why the Buffalo personal injury lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices encourage anyone who has been harmed by a recalled GM vehicle to discuss their potential rights to compensation with a qualified attorney.

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Thanks to Clients and Friends for Making Shade Zones a Success

by wmm | July 17th, 2014

As the Taste of Buffalo wraps up its 31st year, William Mattar, P.C. wraps up its first year sponsoring Shade Zone tents; the firm thanks all those who came to enjoy Buffalo’s finest food under the shade.

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Hundreds of people flooded Niagara Square and Delaware Avenue to celebrate Western New York’s culinary delights at the nation’s largest two-day food festival. This year’s Taste of Buffalo featured a number of new additions, including 17 restaurants and 10 William Mattar Shade Zone tents scattered throughout the event.

Despite weather mishaps, festival-goers still came out to sample Buffalo’s finest cuisine. William Mattar is happy to have provided a shady place to enjoy this food away from the heat on Saturday and away from the rain on Sunday; the firm thanks all clients and friends who came to support and enjoy the Shade Zones.

By Katrina Do
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Come Visit Taste of Buffalo This Weekend

by Keith Adkins | July 11th, 2014

The culinary scene in Buffalo has caught a great deal of attention recently. Luckily for anyone in town this weekend, there’s a chance to see what all the buzz is about at Taste of Buffalo.

The event will feature more than 70 of the city’s top restaurants and food trucks serving some of their most popular dishes. As if the food isn’t enough, you’ll be able to pair your food with wine from one of the seven wineries on hand offering their libations. The event will also feature a beer tent if you prefer the flavor profiles of malt and hops with your meal.

Once you’ve had your fill of food and drink, you can make your way over to the event’s dance floor and stage for entertainment from some of Buffalo’s most popular musical acts.

All the dancing and eating is sure to make you hot, which is why the Buffalo personal injury lawyers at William Mattar Law Offices invite you to come take a load off under one of the 10 Shade Zones we are sponsoring this year.

Taste of Buffalo is free to attend both Saturday and Sunday, so come out with the whole family for a few days of good food and good fun!

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William Mattar on Winging It! Buffalo Style Discussing Shade Zones at Taste of Buffalo

by wmm | July 2nd, 2014

William Mattar was a guest on this morning’s Winging It! program on WNLO/CW23, discussing the William Mattar Shade Zones at this year’s Taste of Buffalo on July 12 & 13.

The Shade Zones are free and open to the public and will give those attending Taste of Buffalo a place to get out of the sun for a few minutes while they enjoy their food at a bistro table.

If you missed this morning’s Winging It! segment, you can check out the video here:

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“Kidical Mass” Focuses on Bicycle Safety and Buffalo Bicycle Accident Prevention

by Keith Adkins | June 27th, 2014

Making your way through traffic in Buffalo can be dangerous—especially if you’re a cyclist. One of the best ways to improve roadway safety and slash the number of Buffalo bicycle accidents is to instruct cyclists on proper etiquette for riding on the street.

One organization is teaching this lesson to children at an early age by hosting events with a focus on safety. The first “Kidical Mass” was held in May at Delaware Park. Riders of all ages gathered and made their way through the neighborhood as they spread the message of how to ride safely while raising bicycle awareness amongst motorists.

This first event was such a success that a second ride is scheduled to take place this weekend. On Sunday, June 29, cyclists of all ages are encouraged to meet up at LaSalle Park at 10:30 a.m. for a ride and a discussion on bicycle safety. Participants are instructed to bring water and snacks. It’s also crucial that every participant wears a helmet while riding.

Years of experience as a bicycle accident lawyer help William Mattar understand the importance of safety on a bike. That’s why the legal team at William Mattar Law Offices is looking forward to seeing you at “Kidical Mass” this weekend!

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Support Happy Pets in Western New York

by Keith Adkins | June 20th, 2014

Animals hold a special place in the heart of all of the Buffalo personal injury lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices. That’s why we would like to let you know about several ways you can spend time with your pet or help animals in need.

One of the best ways to get some extra quality time in with your pet is to take part in Take Your Dog To Work Day today. The event encourages pet owners to get their animals out of the house by taking them to the workplace for the day.

For those of you who wish to participate in the event but don’t have a pet, adoption may be a great option. There’s no better time to consider rescuing a pet than now. Plenty of local shelters throughout western New York have hundreds of animals available.

One of our favorite shelters is the Verona Street Animal Society in Rochester. In fact, we recently highlighted a feline named Missy that is up for adoption as part of our Whisker Wednesday social media campaign.

Each week, the firm posts the photo and story of an animal that’s up for adoption in western New York in hopes of helping it find it’s forever home.

Animals give unconditional love and we encourage you to do the same by opening your home to rescue a shelter animal if you are in search of a pet.

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New William Mattar commercials on the way

by wmm | June 20th, 2014

CJ Advertising recently spent a week in Buffalo filming footage for a new set of William Mattar commercials. The crew filmed both in the firm’s office and at locations in downtown Buffalo. The new commercials will start airing this summer.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the week-long shoot.

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