March 12th, 2014
March 12, 2014
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have been giving to the communities of western New York for more than a century. Now, the Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices are giving back to this great organization by hosting an upcoming charity event in their honor.
The 2014 Fire and Ice Extravaganza will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at Templeton Landing near the Buffalo Naval Park. The event will feature music and entertainment, along with extraordinary foods being served throughout the evening. Auctions on some of the region’s top products and services will be held as well. All proceeds will benefit the nearly 10,000 members of the BSA’s Greater Niagara Frontier Council.
The event will also host an open bar. Since alcohol is being served, the event’s organizers urge those who plan to drink to plan ahead by naming a designated driver for the evening. One way to do so is to utilize the Designated Drivers of Buffalo, who will be offering safe rides home to attendees courtesy of William Mattar.
Tickets can be purchased either online or through the mail in tiers ranging from single tickets to corporate packages of 40 tickets.
The firm is excited to sponsor this wonderful event and we look forward to see you there in just two weeks!
March 11th, 2014
March 10, 2014
Pedestrians and cyclists in New York face a significant risk of being injured or killed as the result of a collision with a motor vehicle each time they travel on a roadway. In fact, the state Department of Motor Vehicles reports that in 2012, a total of 16,261 individuals were injured and 316 were killed as a result of New York Pedestrian Accidents. The same year, another 6,087 cyclists were injured and 45 died as a result of crashes with cars or trucks.
To help address this issue, several New York senators are asking for an additional $20 million in funding for infrastructure upgrades in the state to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. According to an article from the Post Star, the move for state funding comes after a cut in federal spending slashed the state’s annual transportation budget by $12 million.
A decision to examine the budget move further will be made during an upcoming legislative session. In the meantime, many pedestrians and cyclists are wondering what they can do to stay safe while traveling.
The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain several actions can be taken to prevent accidents:
- Traveling with the flow of traffic on a bicycle, or vice versa when walking.\
- Obeying all traffic signals
- Wearing light-colored clothing
- Equipping bicycles with headlights and reflectors
- Wearing a helmet when cycling
March 10th, 2014
William Mattar appeared on the Buffalo television program Winging It! today with Justin King form the Boy Scouts Greater Niagara Frontier Council. William Mattar is once again the chairman for the Fire and Ice Culinary and Visual Extravaganza. This exclusive event is one of the largest fundraisers for the Boy Scouts, and will be held on March 27, 2014 at Templeton Landing at the Erie Basin Marina. For the complete interview and event details, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqczfIUKK1U&list=UUrNMX58gHVIgEaaWNRwIbrw
March 7th, 2014
March 7, 2014
The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices are of the mind there is a certain enchantment that is attached to the number four. The numeral has been around since man began to count. Both its meaning and characteristics have changed over time though, making it a symbol that is now recognized throughout the world.
Four is the only number that represents the same number of characters in the English language as its value. In mathematics, four is both the smallest composite and squared prime number.
A study released in the journal of Communicative &Integrative Biology showed humans can precisely recognize up to four small objects without counting. When subjects were asked to recognize any number of objects above that, mistakes were made.
The number also has significance in several of the most popular religions from around the world. In Buddhism, there are four Noble Truths. Muslims believe there are four sacred months out of the year. In the Christian world, the book of Revelations discusses the coming of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
In Science, there are four states of matter. Also, insects who morph, such as butterflies and moths, do so in four stages.
William Mattar and his team of attorneys believe in the power of the number four. That’s why our phone number is simply 444-4444. Let us know where you see the number four around the world by posting to our social media outlets, such as Facebook or Twitter.
March 5th, 2014
March 5, 2014
Highway safety is important to those who live in the city of Buffalo, New York, and throughout the Erie County region. It took one man a lifetime of commitment and labor to bring an exemplary standard of highway safety to western New York.
Dennis C. Murphy was born in Detroit, but he grew up on the outskirts of Buffalo. He graduated from Kensington High School and later attended the University at Buffalo before pursuing a doctorate.
He later returned to his childhood hometown, where he began pushing for highway and traffic improvements. Mr. Murphy was the man behind the state’s STOP-DWI program and the first seat belt legislation. He also was behind routing traffic around the Buffalo Bills stadium when the Orchard Park stadium was constructed, and he served four terms on the Governors Traffic Safety Committee.
Other community organizations he was involved in include the Erie County Traffic Safety Board, the Village of Williamsville Traffic Board, and the Amherst Gaelic League. Read more about Dennis C. Murphy here.
Sadly, the man known as “Mr. Highway Safety” passed earlier this month at age 80.
The Buffalo Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Murphy for their loss. The firm will remember him for his great deeds towards giving to the community through the improvement of roadways and helping others.
March 3rd, 2014
March 3, 2014
When a defect in the road causes Vehicle Property Damage, the state, city, or county can often be held liable for compensating the vehicle’s owner for their losses. State law may prevent motorists in New York from collecting such damages during winter months though.
New York State Law Section 58 reads, “The state shall not be liable for damages suffered by any person from deficits in state highways, except between the first day of May and the fifteenth day of November.” While New York may not be held responsible for damage caused to a vehicle during the winter, there are no such stipulations placed on roads and highways maintained by the city or county.
Those municipalities may have their own set of regulations for handling situations of damage caused by defective roadways. For instance, the city of Buffalo and Erie County can only be held responsible for pothole damage if the problem has been previously reported to the proper authorities. Read more about vehicle property damage laws here.
The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices understand how confusing the laws regulating vehicle property damage can be. That is why the firm offers several suggestions for handling such a claim, including:
- Speak with your insurance company before giving statements to adjustors from other companies involved.
- Ensure all expenses, including fees and taxes, are covered in the damage settlement amount.
- Only sign an agreement with the insurer to cover “vehicle property damage.”
February 28th, 2014
February 28, 2014
Service animals can be extremely beneficial in helping individuals with disabilities or special needs lead normal and productive lives. However, the costs associated with purchasing and training service animals can be enormous. That is why the Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices are happy to donate items to be auctioned at an event to raise money to purchase a service animal for a nine-year-old boy from Ransomville, New York.
The child suffers from autism and is non-verbal, which can prevent him from alerting caretakers when his blood sugar drops or spikes due to his juvenile diabetes. A service animal can be used to let others know when the boy’s blood sugar reaches dangerous levels, a skill could one day save his life.
The event, called A Dog For Jack, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse on Sunday, April 6. A comedy show will take place in the early part of the evening, followed by a raffle and auction for donated prizes.
At William Mattar Law Offices, our team of attorneys take pride in assisting others in the community with their needs and encourage all to attend this upcoming event in support of this special young man and his need for a service dog! You can follow the other activities the firm takes part in by following our Facebook and Twitter.
February 26th, 2014
February 26, 2014
The streets of Buffalo are bustling with exciting businesses and activities year round. That’s why the Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices would like to tell you about a few of our favorite things to do in the city.
- The Rotary Rink- This public outdoor ice skating rink sits near the downtown intersection of Main and Chippewa. Skating is free and skate rentals are no more than $3.
- The Cobblestone District- Sitting between Perry and the banks of the canal, this historic area of the city is up and coming. Buffalo Iron Works recently opened its doors and the Helium Comedy Club is a destination for both visitors and locals.
- Spars- The shop located on Amherst Street is known around the world for its quality meats and sausages. Their selection of cheeses and other artisan food isn’t too shabby either.
- Pizza- Buffalo is ranked among the top ten cities in the nation when it comes to quality pizza. Everyone has their favorite place to grab a pie, but Big Fat Paulie’s, Bocce Club Pizza, and Imperial Pizza are often recommended as local favorites.
- Shea’s Performing Arts Center- The theatre hosts a variety of live acts throughout the year.
William Mattar and his team of attorneys urge citizens to go experience the wonders that Buffalo has to offer!
February 24th, 2014
February 24, 2014
New technology is constantly being developed to reduce the chances of car accidents. One of the newest developments in the field is the ability for vehicles to communicate with one another and the infrastructure around them to create a safer driving experience.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication allows data to be transferred wirelessly from a vehicle to other transmitters on vehicles and traffic control devices so that warnings can be issued to drivers when accidents are imminent. Data regarding speed, road position, and surroundings is used to issue drivers warnings through vibrations or alarms in the vehicle.
While most people would agree sharing the information should be used in order to save lives, some believe the sharing of data from vehicles should be restricted in order to prevent car manufacturers from using the information for profit.
WKTV News says New York Senator Charles Schumer is leading a movement to regulate vehicle data collection on the grounds car manufacturers are allegedly selling information from consumers’ vehicles to third party vendors without the knowledge or consent of owners. He is asking federal officials to require car manufacturers to notify drivers when data from their vehicle is being collected and allowing owners an opportunity to completely opt out of vehicle data collection.
The Buffalo Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices are hopeful a compromise can be reached so that both vehicle safety and personal privacy can be achieved.
February 21st, 2014
February 21, 2014
The food truck craze has taken hold of the Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers at William Mattar Law Offices. That’s why the team is happy to spread the word about an upcoming event taking place this coming St. Patrick’s Day at Larkin Square off of Seneca Street in Buffalo.
Food Truck Friday will coincide with Live at O’Larkin, which takes place from 5-8 p.m. and will feature live music and entertainment from several Celtic dance and music groups. The event will also feature a variety of food trucks from around the region. Some of the local favorites will be serving cuisine with a St. Patrick’s Day twist, including The Knight Slider, Thai Me Up, and Roaming Buffalo.
Typically, food trucks converge on Larkin Square through the warmer months and officials have already announced the regular Food Truck Tuesday will return to Larkin Square beginning on May 3.
The event is free, and all are welcome to join.
Events that bring the community closer are one of the many things the attorneys with William Mattar Law Offices love about this great city. The firm regularly posts about such happenings to their social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, and encourage citizens to stay up to date on the latest happenings by following those pages.