Trucking Laws That Help Prevent New York Truck Accidents

by Keith Adkins | April 16th, 2014

While New York motorists must follow state traffic laws while driving, the trucking industry has a specific set of regulations they must abide by. This leaves many wondering what rules all drivers must follow and which laws only apply to truck drivers.

All drivers must avoid driving at excessive speeds and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. One New York Truck Accident was attributed to these behaviors on Monday, April 14. Reports indicate the crash left one person seriously injured.

According to an article from The Leader, the 54-year-old truck driver was speeding along Main Street in Addison, New York, when he lost control of his vehicle and it overturned. While the passenger was being transported to a local trauma center, investigators determined the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash and charged him with several crimes in connection with the incident.

It’s important to remember truck drivers must also abide by rules that regulate the weights of their vehicles, as well as the number of hours they can be on the road.

The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain that it can be vital to have an attorney examine the evidence collected after an accident involving commercial vehicle. Doing so can strengthen your claim. Call us today at 444-4444 to discuss your accident.

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New York Is Battling Distracted Driving and You Can Help

by Keith Adkins | April 14th, 2014

Most drivers in Western New York will admit to knowing the dangers posed by Distracted Driving, but it’s a behavior that law enforcement says is becoming more common than ever. In fact, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles reports there were a total of 55,130 distracted driving tickets issued in the state last year, an 82 percent jump from 2012.

That’s why the State of New York is fighting back against distracted driving in several different ways. April has been named Distracted Driving Awareness Month nationwide, and the New York State Police will be conducting an enforcement and educational campaign known as Operation Hangup. Reports from ABC 7 News state hundreds of troopers and officers will be targeting motorists who violate the state’s regulations against texting or using a cellphone behind the wheel.

The punishments may be getting tougher as well. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently proposed a reform that would establish a one-year license suspension for any motorist under age 21 caught texting and driving.

The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices applaud the efforts being made to eliminate distracted driving in New York. The firm also asks motorists to do their part to stay safe by putting phones down while driving and encouraging others to do the same.

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Volunteers Needed for Buffalo News’ Kids Day

by Keith Adkins | April 11th, 2014

For the past 31 years, The Buffalo News has been holding a charity drive each spring to raise funds benefiting the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Variety Kids.

The Buffalo News’ Kids Day will be held from 6-10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29. During that time, volunteers will be standing near major roadways in the region selling copies of The Buffalo News for just $1.

The money raised goes directly to those seeking medical assistance through programs supplied by the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

The campaign is in need of volunteers to sell papers and has numerous four-hour time slots available for those who wish to take part in this great event. If four hours is too long, accommodations can be made.

Those who wish to get involved can sign up online or by calling (716) 849-4526. Those who cannot participate but wish to donate can do so by donating via PayPal. Registration to volunteer closes Friday, April 11.

The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices encourage citizens to help others in need in the community by signing up to take part in this wonderful event.

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Stay Aware of Motorcycles and Save Lives This Spring

by Keith Adkins | April 9th, 2014

Spring has made its way into western New York and for many citizens that means it’s time to ride motorcycles. But the increase in rise in motorcycle traffic often leads to a rise in the number of New York Motorcycle Accidents. In 2012 alone, a total of 173 lives were lost as a result of crashes involving motorized bikes.

In an effort to reduce that number this year, several organizations in the region have partnered to promote awareness of motorcycles amongst vehicle drivers and safety in the motorcycle community. A story from Newsday explains how an estimated 400 motorcyclists affiliated with the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, the Department of Motor Vehicles, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and others gathered along the streets outside the H. Lee Denison Building in Suffolk County. They held signs warning motorists to stay aware of motorcycles on the road.

New York Yankees outfielder, Johnny Damon, was also on hand to help spread the message of safety.

The event leaves many wondering what they can do to prevent motorcycle accident injuries. The New York Personal Injury Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices suggest drivers look twice in all directions before entering or maneuvering in traffic. Motorcyclists should also remember to always wear a helmet and obey all traffic signals when riding.

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4 Types of New York Car Insurance Coverage Every Driver Should Have

by Keith Adkins | April 7th, 2014

New York drivers are legally required to carry auto insurance policies on their vehicles. That’s why it is so important to be educated about the different types of New York Car Insurance Coverage that are available.

While every state’s laws and coverage requirements are different, the New York Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain motorists in New York should carry four types of coverage under one policy. They include:

  • Liability Coverage
  • Property Damage
  • Uninsured Motorist Coverage
  • No-Fault Insurance

Shopping around for the best coverage and price is also crucial when considering purchasing insurance, as each company uses different standards to create an individual policy. This was highlighted by a recent story from CNYCentral News that explained how some New York insurance companies were charging college graduates less for the same policy as a person who had only achieved a high school education.

Getting several different quotes on coverage from different companies can help you find the right price for coverage from an insurer.

But even with the best insurance companies, disputes often arise after car accidents. William Mattar and his team of attorneys suggest discussing your legal options with a reputable attorney after an accident. We are here to help anytime—just dial 444-4444.


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What’s 4 Lunch in Williamsville?

by Keith Adkins | April 4th, 2014

If there is one thing William Mattar and his team of Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers love, it’s the abundance of terrific local food our city has to offer. That’s why throughout this spring and summer, the firm will play host to the area’s thriving food truck industry.

What’s 4 Lunch will take place today at the firm’s Main Street location in Williamsville and will feature one of our food truck favorites!

Knight Slider began doing business in 2012 and has since developed a following throughout the western New York region. Typically, they can be found serving at lunch and dinner. On April 4, the black and red truck will be slinging their specialty sliders, which include premium beef or falafel patties with a plethora of toppings to tickle your fancy.

On April 25, Betty Crockski will be here to satisfy your hunger, followed by Hot Off The Press and FallyMac in the weeks afterwards. Other trucks that will be on hand will be announced as they are confirmed. A list of What’s 4 Lunch dates and trucks can be found on the firm’s website.

William Mattar Law Offices recognizes the importance of supporting local businesses and encourages others across the Buffalo region to do the same by coming out and having a great lunch!

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Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day!

by Keith Adkins | April 2nd, 2014

April 2, 2014

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an intellectual disability that affects one in every 68 children born in the United States today. Despite its high prevalence, there is no known cure and only a fraction of the federal budget goes to researching treatments and causes.

To increase understanding of ASD, today has been declared World Autism Awareness Day by Autism Speaks. Citizens are asked to wear blue and shine blue lights today as part of the Light It Up Blue campaign for ASD awareness and outreach.

We should also consider how a single act of kindness can make a huge difference in the day of a person with ASD. On that note, Autism Speaks is asking the public to offer a random act of kindness as inspiration to the ASD community. Those acts can then be shared online and so far, more than 36,500 have been posted.

The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices are doing their part to raise awareness about ASD, and ask the citizens of western New York to share what they are doing on our social media outlets.


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2014 Boy Scouts Fire & Ice Fundraiser a Success

by wmm | March 31st, 2014

Video Link: 2014 Boy Scouts Fire & Ice Fundraiser
With record attendance, the 2014 Boy Scouts Fire & Ice Extravaganza was a true success in every sense of the word. As one of the largest fundraisers for the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, this year’s Chair, William Mattar, would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and for all that participated in planning and executing this event. All funds raised will stay local and go towards, campsites, training, financial aid to families, and other Council needs. Support scouting in Western New York! To learn more go to

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Buffalo Sabres Players Visit Local Students to Promote “It Can Wait” Campaign

by Keith Adkins | March 31st, 2014

March 31, 2014

Most motorists acknowledge that distracted driving is dangerous. Yet some drivers, especially teenagers, continue to drive distracted in spite of knowing its inherent risks. In fact, a recent survey found that while 97 percent of teen drivers recognized the behavior as dangerous, a total of 75 percent stated that texting and driving was “common among their friends.”

AT&T is working to combat Buffalo Distracted Driving Accidents by conducting a campaign at local high schools called It Can Wait where students pledge not to engage in the behavior. A contest was recently held to see which school could gather the most pledges, and the results are in.

A story from the Amherst Times explained Sweet Home Central High School won the pledge drive. As a reward, professional hockey player and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth visited students. He then spoke to students about the meaning and importance of their pledge before thanking them for their participation.

Sweet Home’s hockey team was also rewarded for winning the contest by being invited to attend a practice session with Buffalo Sabres Center Cody Hodgson.

The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices would like to congratulate the students of Sweet Home Central High School on their winning commitment to end distracted driving. The firm is hopeful to see the contest held again in the future!

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Defective Roadways Play Strong Role in Causing Albany Car Accidents

by Keith Adkins | March 28th, 2014

March 28, 2014

If you’ve suddenly been jolted by the impact caused by a defect in the road, you know all too well the damage potholes can cause to vehicles. Not to mention the risk of accidents these problems cause. In fact, a recent study showed that one-third of all Albany Car Accidents list roadway defects as a contributing factor.

The research was conducted by TRIP, a Washington, D.C. organization focused on examining roadway conditions across the United States. Their team of experts found more than half of Albany’s roadways are in poor to mediocre condition. These deficiencies result in the area’s motorists spending an extra $1,600 per year in fuel, lost time, and vehicle maintenance costs.

Roadway defects were also found to play a significant factor in New York’s fatality rate along rural roads, which is 2.5 times higher than the national average.

An article from the Albany Times-Union stated these findings have prompted the research group and other organizations across western New York in calling for legislators increase investments into the state’s infrastructure of roads and bridges.

The Albany Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices are hopeful a solution to the problem of deteriorating roads across New York can be found soon. In the meantime, the firm encourages motorists to be aware of roadway defects and the harm they can cause.

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