Uninsured Motorists and Accidents

by William Mattar | November 17th, 2014

Every motorist in New York is required to carry auto insurance coverage‑but some drivers choose not to obey this rule. That’s why having an auto insurance policy that includes no-fault coverage, supplemental underinsured motorist coverage, and and supplemental underininsured motorist coverage is crucial. Learn more about auto insurance policies and how different levels of coverage can affect you after an auto accident by contacting the 24/7 legal team at William Mattar Law Offices now—just dial (800) 317-2424.

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How You Can Help Rescue a Shelter Animal This November

by Keith Adkins | November 14th, 2014

At William Mattar Law Offices, we love our pets and consider them part of the family. That’s just one reason why we love to support and sponsor the pet adoption organizations located here in Western New York.

You can choose which of those groups should get a helping hand from our firm during the month of November by participating in the William Mattar Pet Photo contest. Until the end of the month, you can go to our Facebook page and post a picture of your furry friends. Then, the photo that receives the most likes will win the opportunity to choose an animal rescue organization to receive a donation from us.

We also would like to take this opportunity to urge you to rescue a shelter animal if you’re considering getting a pet to add to your family. It’s important to remember that many shelters have more than just dogs and cats as well. You also may be able to find rabbits, miniature pigs, and even horses for adoption.

Another way you can help rescue shelter animals is by volunteering with the adoption organizations in your neighborhood. Opportunities can range from taking animals for walks or feedings to simply sitting and snuggling with an animal for a few minutes.

We appreciate any efforts toward supporting the pet adoption organizations in our area and hope you choose to get involved with finding Western New York’s rescued animals their forever homes!

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Hit and Run Accidents

by William Mattar | November 10th, 2014

When someone is injured as the result of a hit and run car or pedestrian accident, it often takes time to complete an investigation and file a claim. This leaves many victims wondering about deadlines for filing hit and run accident claims. Watch William Mattar discuss time limits to file injury claims and the exceptions that can be made in certain cases. If you want to protect your legal rights after a motor vehicle accident, you need immediate legal help. Call the 24/7 team at William Mattar Law Offices at (800) 317-2424 to get a free initial consultation right now.

 

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Gift Cards Entice GM Vehicle Owners to Schedule Ignition Recall Repairs

by Keith Adkins | November 7th, 2014

During the past several months, General Motors (GM) has recalled faulty equipment installed on millions of its vehicles. Now, the company is struggling to get the necessary repairs made, and they are using a new and innovative way to get consumers involved in the process.

The recall issues arose after numerous reports were made of drivers losing control of GM vehicles and crashing. Further investigation determined the ignition switches on the vehicles could turn to the off position while vehicles are in motion, causing drivers to be unable to steer and deactivating the airbags. WIVB 4 News reports that this forced the company to take action.

Now the company is struggling to get owners to bring their vehicles in for repairs, which puts many drivers at risk of  GM ignition recall accidents. That’s why the company is offering $25 gift cards to owners who bring their cars, trucks, or SUVs in for necessary repairs.

While some owners in the Buffalo area would be happy to bring their vehicles in for repairs, they say the dealerships and service centers  have wait times on parts and appointments that can be as long as several months.

So what should you do if you have a vehicle that’s been affected by the GM recalls? The Buffalo car accident lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices suggest scheduling an appointment for repairs as soon as possible. If you’re struggling to get your vehicle fixed—as many are—you may want to file a complaint about the issue. And if you were injured in an accident that was caused by faulty parts on your vehicle, we’re here to help—call 444-4444 to learn more about what we can do for you.

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How to Make Safety a Priority This Halloween

by Keith Adkins | October 31st, 2014

Tonight is Halloween, and you can expect plenty of little ghouls to be walking door to door for candy in your neighborhood. It’s important to remember the chances of a child being struck by a car on Halloween night are twice as high as any other night of the year. That’s why we all need to be extra careful on the road in order to avoid Buffalo pedestrian accidents.

To help keep you and your loved ones safe while trick-or-treating, the attorneys at William Mattar Law Offices have put together a list of safety tips:

  • Stay In A Group- Sticking with a group while trick-or-treating will help make you more visible to motorists.
  • Illuminate Yourself- Everyone trick-or-treating at or near dusk should carry flashlights or glow sticks. This not only makes you more visible to motorists, but can also light your path to avoid slips, trips, or falls.
  • Avoid Distractions- Pay attention to where you are going when walking or driving.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive- This behavior is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle and pedestrian collisions on Halloween. So before you leave the house, establish a designated driver or plan to use a taxi if you’re going to consume alcohol.

The Buffalo Police Department and Mayor Byron Brown have also offered several suggestions about how to stay safe this Halloween.

The Buffalo personal injury lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices hope these tips help you have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Two Types of New York Car Insurance You Should Know About

by Keith Adkins | 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.

If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, there are two types of insurance that can help you: no-fault insurance, which can cover medical bills, lost wages and miscellaneous expenses, and supplemental uninsured motorist (UM) coverage which provide coverage for your serious injuries.

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 Uninsured Motorist Coverage

A supplemental uninsured 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.

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Failure to Comply With New York Truck Driving Regulations Puts Motorists at Risk

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness This October

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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William Mattar Fire Prevention Program Offers Free Smoke Detectors

by Keith Adkins | 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Bike Lanes: Preventing New York Bicycle Accidents and Reducing Travel Times

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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