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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What Can I Do to Help My Case?

by William Mattar | January 5th, 2015

Getting compensation for car accident damages in New York requires navigating an intricate web of legal processes and paperwork. Luckily, there are things you can do to boost your chances of filing a successful car accident injury claim. New York car accident injury lawyer, William Mattar, has several tips on what you can do to maximize the potential of your claim. If you have questions about your auto accident claim, William Mattar Law Offices is ready to provide the answers you need right now—dial (800) 317-2424 to contact our 24/7 team today.

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Safety Rails Could Prevent New York Truck Accident Injuries

by Keith Adkins | January 2nd, 2015

Commercial trucks are some of the largest and heaviest vehicles on the road. Due to the size and weight of these vehicles, they can require wide spaces to operate, which aren’t always available in large cities.

Metropolitan streets can be narrow and full of sharp turns. This design isn’t conducive to operating large commercial trucks and often results in serious accidents.

Experts say some of the worst New York truck accident injuries occur when trucks making turns strike cyclists, pedestrians, or vehicles beside them and run over victims with the their back tires. One way this type of injury can be prevented is by requiring all commercial trucks to be equipped with side guardrails.

Guardrails can prevent a victim from falling beneath a truck in the event of an accident, and studies have shown them to be effective. Streetsblog reports that researchers have found the use of side guardrails on large trucks can decrease cyclist and pedestrian fatalities by as much as 61 and 20 percent, respectively.

Despite data showing the effectiveness of safety rails, both the federal and state governments have been slow to take action in requiring trucks to be outfitted with the devices.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we’ve seen the results a truck accident injury can have on an individual’s life. That’s why our Buffalo truck accident lawyers are hopeful legislators will soon move to require trucking companies to use more advanced safety technology in the future.

If you were injured in an accident involving a truck, you may need legal assistance to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our team of attorneys is here to assist you. Call us 24/7 at 444-4444 for a free consultation of your case.

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Do I Need to Go to Court?

by William Mattar | December 29th, 2014

Disputes can arise after car accidents, which can force accident victims into tough legal battles. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be wondering if you’ll need to appear in court. Watch injury attorney William Mattar explain why the answer is often no and learn about several options can help you resolve your claim without facing judges or juries. Want more information about auto accident claims in New York? We’re ready to answer your questions—call us 24/7 at (800) 317-2424.

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Behind the Scenes of “Frozen”

by William Mattar | December 23rd, 2014

At William Mattar Injury Lawyers, we focus on helping people injured in car accidents. And with our new “Frozen” television spot, we set ourselves apart from other law firms by placing William Mattar at the scene of a crash as it unfolds. Watch our behind the scenes video to learn how the commercial was made and why you should call us if you’ve been hurt in a car.

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How Long Does a Settlement Negotiation Take?

by William Mattar | December 22nd, 2014

After a crash, bills and accident-related expenses can pile up quickly. This can make resolving your claim crucial. But without legal help, the insurance company may keep you waiting for the compensation you need. Watch William Mattar discuss the length of time it can take to resolve accident claims and what you can do to help strengthen your case. If you need assistance with your case, call the 24/7 team at William Mattar Law Offices today—dial (800) 317-2424 to get help now.

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Help Prevent New York Drunk Driving Accidents This Holiday Season

by Keith Adkins | December 19th, 2014

The holidays have arrived once again in New York, which means it’s time to celebrate the season with your friends and family. Many of the festivities will involve alcohol—so it’s important to refrain from drinking and driving.

New York drunk driving accident numbers tend to spike around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In fact, dozens of people are injured or killed each year during December as the result of driving under the influence. So to help keep you and your loved ones safe, the Buffalo car accident lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices would like to offer several options to keep your travels safe during the coming weeks:

  • Pledge to Not Drink and Drive- Many organizations are urging drivers to sign a sheet that states they promise to refrain from drinking and driving.
  • Use a Designated Driver- At William Mattar, our team urges drivers to establish a designated driver before going out for the evening. If you find yourself without a driver though, we encourage you to consider using Designated Drivers of Buffalo. The company will meet you at your vehicle and provide you with a driver who will get both you and your vehicle home safely.
  • Call A Cab- If you don’t have a vehicle, simply call a taxi or ride sharing service to get you home safely.

At William Mattar, our team of New York personal injury lawyers hopes these tips will help you to have a safe and happy holiday season!

 

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