October 24th, 2014
Uninsured Motorists In New York
Data from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles shows there were more than 835 New York car accidents per day in 2013. While all vehicles in the state are required by law to be covered by insurance, around seven percent of motorists don’t adhere to these rules and drive uninsured cars, trucks, or motorcycles.
So what happens if you’re involved in an accident with an uninsured driver? Luckily, New York is one of the few states in the U.S. that requires all insurance polices to carry no-fault insurance coverage.
What’s No-Fault Insurance?
Article 51 of the New York Insurance Law says no-fault insurance—also known as personal injury protection (PIP)—provides compensation to a driver to cover their expenses after an accident, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. The policy normally covers up to $50,000 dollars in expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and other everyday expenses. However, policies can be adjusted to provide more coverage if an individual chooses.
Supplemental Underinsured Motorist Coverage
A supplemental underinsured motorist insurance policy can provide compensation to an accident victim if their expenses exceed the $50,000 provided by no-fault insurance.
Battling The Insurance Company
While having enough insurance is crucial, it’s often a struggle to be fairly compensated by an insurer in the event of an accident. This is why it’s important to have legal representation when trying to reach a fair settlement after an accident.
Hurt In A Car? Call William Mattar
At William Mattar Law Offices, we have helped countless car accident victims get the compensation they deserve and we are here to do the same for you. To speak with a Buffalo personal injury lawyer from our team, just call 444-4444 today.
October 17th, 2014
The trucking industry is heavily regulated to help prevent crashes and uphold the integrity of highway safety. But many trucking companies choose to operate outside of New York truck driving rules and regulations, putting everyone at risk of harm.
New York Truck Accident Caused by Failure to Comply
Take the case of a New York trucking accident caused by a tractor-trailer that had not been properly inspected and was owned by a company with a history of such safety infractions. The incident occurred on June 20 along East State Street in Ithaca, New York.
Reports indicate the driver lost control of the big rig and crashed into the side of Simeon’s Bistro, killing one person and injuring seven others. An investigation determined the truck had a faulty brake-limiting device and was over the legal length.
Investigation Uncovers Numerous Safety Hazards
In all, 29 violations were issued, but a closer examination of the records showed this wasn’t the first time the company that owned the truck had been cited for violations of New York truck driving rules and regulations.
According to an article from the Elmira Star-Gazette, the company had been cited more than 130 times over the last two years for safety violations discovered during roadside inspections.
Preventing Another New York Trucking Accident
The recent crash has sparked public outcry for more to be done to prevent trucking companies from operating outside of New York truck driving rules and regulations. That’s why federal agencies have begun conducting ”interventions” with companies found to be in violation of safety laws. The program involves a series of warnings being issued to companies in violation of the law that allow them to get in compliance before legal action is taken—but these corrections can take time.
So what can you do to prevent an accident with a tractor-trailer? The Buffalo personal injury lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices say giving big rigs plenty of space and being extra vigilant in traffic are two of the best ways to stay safe.
Hurt In A Car? Call William Mattar.
If you are involved in a crash with a commercial truck, William Mattar wants to help. Our firm is here to answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights. Call us today at 444-4444 to talk to a member of our legal team.
October 10th, 2014
Fall is just around the corner, and for millions of Americans, this month is a time to raise breast cancer awareness.
Data indicates there are currently more than 2 million women who have survived the disease and another 250,00 will be diagnosed this year. October has is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Buffalo personal injury lawyers from William Mattar Law Offices are doing our part to help.
The firm is participating in the Paint the Village Pink! campaign by sporting pink billboards, advertisements, t-shirts, and other items. For a $5 donation, you can pick up a pink mug or tumbler with the firm’s logo on it. All proceeds raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
The firm is also sponsoring a team that for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Buffalo on Oct. 18. All donations that are collected in the team’s name will be donated to Breast Cancer research and advocacy.
At William Mattar Law Offices, we know how devastating Breast Cancer can be to victims and their families. That’s why we’re encouraging you to raise Breast Cancer Awareness by supporting one of the many local upcoming awareness events.
October 3rd, 2014
As cooler weather approaches, many of us will begin turning on the heat or stoking fires to keep our homes warm. It’s important to remember during this time of year that the threat of a house fire is a real and deadly danger.
Estimates from the National Fire Protection Association show that there were approximately 365,000 house fires in the United States in 2012. These incidents resulted in 12,875 people suffering serious injuries and another 2,380 losing their lives.
So what’s being done to prevent house fires in the U.S.? Many are hoping to raise awareness about these dangers by naming the month of October as Fire Safety Month.
To help keep New Yorkers safe, William Mattar Law Offices is offering free smoke detectors to the public as part of the William Mattar Fire Prevention Program. To get a free smoke detector for your home, simply register to participate. You will receive a gift certificate for a free smoke detector from Ed Young’s True Value Hardware in Williamsville, New York.
We would also like to offer these tips to help protect you and your family from the dangers posed by fires:
- Have Heating Systems Inspected- Each year, furnaces and heating systems should be examined thoroughly by a professional to ensure proper function. Chimneys should also be swept annually.
- Establish boundaries- Bonfires and fire pits can be a great source of recreation on a cool evening, but children who get too close can get burned. Establish an eight-foot boundary around any open fire that children are not allowed to cross.
- Have a plan- No one expects his or her home to catch fire, which is why it’s important to be prepared. Establish an escape route from each room in your home, as well as a location for your family to meet outside of the home in the event a fire breaks out.
Our Buffalo personal injury lawyers hope these tips help you have a warm and safe fall and winter.
September 26th, 2014
It’s no secret New York sees it’s fair share of collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles. The state’s Department of Transportation reports 49,882 New York bicycle accident injuries and another 290 fatalities reported last year alone.
These numbers are a call for concern to many and debate is swirling around how to improve bicycle safety in New York. Adding a bike lane to roads may be one solution, but is has been met with skepticism from some.
It seems to be a simple cause and effect relationship. Add a bike lane to the road and you eliminate a lane of traffic for cars, thus causing increases in traffic. Many have bought into this idea, including some highway engineers, but one new study is showing this way of thinking couldn’t be further from the truth.
An article from Mother Jones reports researchers have concluded adding bike lanes to roads, in fact, cuts down on traffic. The case study examined several streets that were altered in New York City and found that simply reducing lane width gave enough room to add a bike lane without eliminating lanes of traffic for vehicles. This, in turn, reduced travel times by as much as 21 percent.
At William Mattar Law Offices, our Buffalo personal injury lawyers are aware of the importance of creating safer and more efficient means of travel in our state. That’s why we are hopeful this study can persuade officials to consider adding more bike lanes along New York’s roads.
September 19th, 2014
Pedestrian safety is a major concern in New York, mainly due to the high number of collisions between motor vehicles and people traveling on foot. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reports a total of 15,832 New York pedestrian accidents in 2012, resulting in 312 deaths and 15,607 injuries.
These concerns have prompted several state and local officials to take action. That’s why a project is slated to break ground in Albany that will improve the city’s infrastructure to improve pedestrian safety.
Route 5—which runs through the center of town—has been plagued by accidents in recent years. In fact, records indicate there have been at least six people killed on the road in recent years due to Albany pedestrian accidents.
These fatalities were just one reason why the Department of Transportation launched an initiative to make roadway improvements and ramp up enforcement and driver education. According to an article from the Claims Journal, this will include installing buttons to change pedestrian signals at crosswalks and extending signal times at several intersections.
The Albany personal injury lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices recognize the risks pedestrians face on the road and would like to applaud the efforts being made to make our state’s roadways safer for all travelers.
September 12th, 2014
Commercial truck drivers are responsible for abiding by strict New York truck driving rules and regulations. One rule, known as the Graves Amendment, covers liability in the event of accidents and was examined recently in the U.S. Federal Court for the Western District of New York.
This law states a vehicle owner cannot be held liable for damages resulting from accidents that occur while vehicles are rented or leased as long as the owner of the vehicle is in the business of renting or leasing vehicles. The owner must also not commit negligence or criminal wrongdoing that leads to accidents.
The case in question arose from a 2009 New York truck accident that left one woman dead. An article from TruckingInfo.com explains the victim was waiting for assistance in a disabled vehicle along Interstate 90 when the driver of a tractor trailer veered off the highway and slammed into her stopped car.
It was discovered that the truck driver was distracted at the time of the crash. The victim filed suit against the driver, the company who employed him, and a sister company that leased the vehicle to the hiring business. The leasing company argued they were not responsible for damages under the Graves Amendment, and the courts originally agreed. However, the federal court ruled the leasing company was in fact liable because it was a business associate of the driver’s hiring company.
The Buffalo truck accident lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices are interested in seeing how this ruling changes the trucking industry and affects truck accident victims’ rights to seek compensation for their injuries.
September 9th, 2014
In an auto accident, it is common for people to not realize immediately that they have suffered a significant injury. What may seem to be just minor soreness or pain right after the accident can sometimes become a lifelong issue, especially with back and neck injuries. Even a seemingly minor accident can sometimes lead to serious injuries.
In this video from his appearance on “People Empowerment”, William Mattar discusses how the severity of car accident victims’ injuries can be misunderstood at first and why it’s important to discuss your case with an attorney, even if you believe you are not seriously injured. The Importance of Discussing Your Case with a Lawyer
September 8th, 2014
Baby powder seems mild, even harmless, but some research indicates that the talc it contains may raise the risk of developing ovarian cancer for some women. Talc is a very soft mineral which contains magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It has been used for many years in cosmetic and personal care products due to its effectiveness at absorbing moisture and reducing skin chafing. The danger lies in the fact that talc particles do not dissolve easily inside the body. This allows the particles to travel through the female reproductive system, causing irritation to the ovaries and stimulating an inflammatory response. Some believe that this inflammation may lead to development of cancerous cells within the ovaries.
The first study indicating a possible link between the use of talcum powder and increased ovarian cancer risk was published in the 1970s. More studies have been conducted since then, which have also shown similar findings, however, experts still disagree about whether or not there is a causal link between use of talcum powder and development of ovarian cancer.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, call William Mattar at 444-4444 to discuss how we may be able to help you.
September 5th, 2014
Speeding and drunk driving are two of the leading causes of New York car accidents. In fact, data shows each of these contributing factors are involved in roughly one-third of all fatal collisions.
To help address the issue of New York drunk driving accidents, state troopers recently held an enforcement sweep aimed at taking intoxicated motorists off the road and educating speeders about the dangers of their behavior. If the numbers are any indication of the “Drive Sober, Get Pulled Over” program’s success, it’s safe to say it worked.
According to The Post-Standard, New York State Troopers wrote more than 46,000 tickets in the weeks from August 15to Labor Day. A majority of those tickets—9,000 to be exact—were issued in the final days of enforcement.
While most of the tickets were given to speeders, 663 motorists were stopped and arrested on charges of driving under the influence (DUI). A total of 72 of those individuals were arrested at sobriety checkpoints.
Tickets were issued for infractions related to distracted driving and failing to restrain children as well.
The Buffalo car accident lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices applaud the efforts made to keep drunk drivers off our state’s roads. We encourage motorists to do their part to stay safe by refraining from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Instead, call a friend, cab, or ride sharing service to get you home safely.