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Study: 92% of Drivers Use a Phone While Driving

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Study: 92% of Drivers Use a Phone While DrivingNEW YORK – You’ve probably seen it before: a driver cruising down the street with a cell phone in their hand.

Whether they’re talking on the phone, or texting, the activity has been shown to be distracting, dangerous, and in New York, it’s illegal. But drivers don’t seem to care. According to a new Safe Driving Report by Everdrive, almost everyone has broken the law at least once in the last month.

The study estimates that 92-percent of the U.S. drivers with a cell phone have used it behind the wheel in the past 30 days. Using data collected on nearly 3-million vehicle trips and over 200 miles driven, the company used motion sensors and other factors to determine how dangerous some drivers can be.

A Brooklyn car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says distractions are the top cause of crashes on New York streets and highways, and these incidents often involve cell phones.

“When you first hear that almost everyone has held a cell phone while driving in just the last month, you might think the numbers have to be off, but it’s a serious issue in Brooklyn,” car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “Take a look around at the cars on your street and you’ll almost always find someone trying to multitask while in traffic.”

According to Everdrive’s statistics, 38-percent of all drivers on the road are using a phone at any given moment.

What’s even more concerning is that 36-percent of all traffic could also be speeding. Brooklyn car accident lawyers say many accidents can be attributed to a combination of the two offenses.

“Most car accidents have multiple factors,” Barnes said. “Distractions alone can increase the chance of a crash by up to four times, but when the driver is also speeding, merging lanes, or turning, the risk exponentially increases.”

It’s now estimated that roughly half of all car crashes involve a distracted driver. That equates to roughly 1.2 million crashes each year, and safety advocates believe distractions could be behind even more accidents.

If you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle crash, the Brooklyn car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have years of experience fighting for victims’ rights, and they’ve helped New Yorkers obtain over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts.

Contact them for a free case evaluation.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

Distractions: Slowing Down Isn’t Enough

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Distractions: Slowing Down Isn’t EnoughROCHESTER, N.Y. – Everyone knows texting and driving is dangerous – even illegal in most states; but that doesn’t stop millions of drivers from being distracted behind the wheel every day.

Researchers studying the bad habit have found that many drivers try to ‘compensate’ for their distractions, usually by slowing down. But new research has found that those drivers who slow down to use their smartphone actually increase the risk of being involved in an on-road conflict.

Reducing your mph might sound like a safe idea, but a drastic drop in speed could have serious consequences, especially when the driver is distracted.

According to the newest research on the subject, traveling just 5mph slower than free-flowing traffic increases your risk of nose-to-tail crashes as a result of sudden stopping. It can also be frustrating for other drivers you share the road with. A Rochester car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says many people have likely experienced this while on Western New York roads.

“Many of us have probably seen a distracted driver, either on their cell phone or glancing down at their lap to text while on the highways around Rochester,” car accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “It’s frustrating to the safe driver, and it can often take their attention away from the road too.”

Study authors argued that distracted drivers traveling slower than the speed of traffic also add to traffic congestion.

Clearly, nothing has successfully addressed this issue yet. Rochester car accident lawyers say distracted driving is now at an all-time high, despite strict traffic laws and public awareness. It’s estimated that distractions are a factor in roughly half of all car crashes.

Safety experts believe the only way to solve the problem is to improve the technology itself, and change the way smartphones work.

“If smartphones could power themselves off when they’re in the driver’s seat, we wouldn’t have as many crashes,” Cellino said. “It’s really heartbreaking that most of these incidents could be prevented with a responsible driver behind the wheel.”

Offenders are not only susceptible to getting a ticket for operating a handheld device; they can also be held responsible for someone else’s injuries, if their distractions caused a crash.

The Rochester car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say non-fatal car crashes cost an average of around $25,000, but victims could be entitled to more compensation, depending on their unique situation.

When someone is injured by a distracted driver, obtaining the right evidence can help victims maximize their compensation. At Cellino & Barnes, their attorneys have experience investigating in-vehicle distractions, and with their team of trial-tested lawyers, the firm has helped many families get the best result possible from an injury claim.

If you or a family member believes injuries were caused by a distracted driver, get in touch with an experienced Rochester car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes – For Free.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

Dog Bites Spike in WNY

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Dog Bites Spike in WNYBUFFALO, N.Y. – Imagine punching into work, wondering if today will be the day you’re attacked by a dog. That’s what postal workers face every week when they’re out on their mail routes.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) reports nearly 7,000 postal workers were attacked by dogs last year, and almost a hundred of these incidents happened in Western New York.

In Buffalo alone, nearly 30 mail carriers were attacked by dogs in the last 12 months, placing the city in the top 25 for dog attacks.

A Buffalo dog bite attorney at Cellino & Barnes says dog attacks are happening more frequently, but almost every incident is preventable.

“Postal workers have put in place several safety measures to help mail carriers avoid an attack, but the number of dog bites increased this year by almost 5-percent nationwide, and more in places like Buffalo,” dog bite lawyer Steve Barnes said. “It’s up to dog owners to make sure their pet is trained and leashed when they’re outside, or the owner could be held responsible for any dog bite injuries.”

In some cases, postal workers were hospitalized after a mauling. Buffalo dog bite lawyers say these attacks can be vicious, and often leave permanent injuries; both physically and mentally.

Children are most often the victims of these attacks, but adults in certain occupations can frequently encounter dangerous dogs. These occupations could include:

  • Utility workers
  • Delivery service employees
  • Parcel carriers
  • Home maintenance contractors
  • Real estate agents
  • Cable installers
  • Home health providers

“Aggressive dogs are always a concern for workers in some of these industries,” Barnes said. “The injuries can sometimes be severe, and the legal process of getting compensation can be complicated, especially for dog bites in Buffalo.”

If you or someone you love has been attacked by a dog, the details of the incident are crucial in New York State. The Buffalo dog bite attorneys at Cellino & Barnes suggest giving them a call to discuss these details with an experienced legal advocate. The consultation is free, and with the firm’s No Fee Guarantee™, dog bite victims won’t owe any legal fees unless Cellino & Barnes wins their case.

Contact a lawyer with a track record of winning dog bite cases today for a free case evaluation and a step-by-step explanation of the legal process ahead.

Cellino & Barnes (800)888-8888

Getting a Second Opinion

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Getting a Second OpinionBUFFALO, N.Y. – When you’re injured or sick, your first diagnosis from your primary care doctor is often incomplete or just plain wrong, a newly published study has found.

Diagnostic error is one of the most common causes of injury in American hospitals today, and the new research conducted by health experts at the Mayo Clinic estimated that more than 20-percent of those who get a second opinion from another doctor find out their original diagnosis was wrong.

The new information is similar to other research on diagnostic errors in hospitals, but it gives safety advocates more evidence that there’s a fundamental flaw in the health care system, and there’s room for improvement.

A Buffalo medical malpractice lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says misdiagnosis is extremely common, and many patients can receive the wrong treatment and become seriously ill or injured.

“Almost everyone will receive a late diagnosis or one that’s completely incorrect at least once in their lives,” Buffalo medical malpractice attorney Steve Barnes said. “These errors can have traumatizing effects on a patient, and in some cases they have even resulted in death.”

According to the National Academy of Medicine, at least 12 million people are misdiagnosed every year. Researchers believe these incidents are also under-reported, so the true number of those impacted by incorrect medical opinions could be far greater.

Traditionally, diagnostic errors in hospitals have been a factor in roughly 10-percent of patient deaths, and they could account for nearly 20-percent of all adverse events in hospitals.

“Inaccurate medical opinions can have a wide range of negative effects on a patient,” Barnes said. “Not only is the patient not feeling better, but they could be prescribed drugs they don’t need, or risky surgeries that aren’t necessary.”

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic looked at nearly 300 patients who had recently seen their primary care doctors. In 62 cases, the second diagnosis was “distinctly different” from the original medical opinion. Only 12-percent of the diagnoses were the same. Doctors partially disagreed with each other’s opinions in the remaining 188 cases.

Buffalo medical malpractice lawyers say a second opinion can be valuable whenever a patient has a serious condition or requires a high-risk operation. In the end, that second opinion could save a lot time, money and heartache.

Unfortunately, mistakes continue to harm patients around the country. Some of the Buffalo medical malpractice attorneys at Cellino & Barnes are former doctors, and well-versed in modern medical procedures and illnesses. They’ve also helped many victims get compensation from an injury suffered as a result of medical malpractice.

If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a misdiagnosis, botched operation, or other type of medical malpractice, contact Cellino & Barnes for a free case evaluation.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

A Need For Speed

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A Need For SpeedNEW YORK – If you’ve ever watched the cars whiz by you in the Big Apple, you might conclude that many of them are speeding well above the speed limit.

We now have data to confirm your suspicions, and it’s estimated that 60-percent of New York’s drivers are traveling faster than the law allows.

The data, put together by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, surveyed drivers in an attempt to tap into their driving habits. The survey not only found that most of the city has a need for speed; it also found that roughly one-fifth of its motorists are texting and driving.

These aren’t minor offenses either – speeding was defined as “driving at least 10 miles above the speed limit.”

  • 64% said they sometimes sped
  • 13% said they sped “often”
  • 19% reported they were distracted; either by texting or emailing while driving

The report also found that as age increased, the prevalence of texting or emailing while driving went down, from an astounding 34-percent among drivers under 24 years-old to just 3-percent of drivers over 65.

A Manhattan car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says distractions and speed are often major factors in crashes, and many victims have taken offenders to court for their bad habits.

“Speeding and texting are two of the deadliest habits drivers have while on the streets in Manhattan,” car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “When our team investigates a crash, we often try to find if either of these bad habits were a factor because that evidence could help injured victims maximize their compensation.”

WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET HIT BY ANOTHER DRIVER

City officials tout that these numbers are still below national averages, but the statistics are eye-opening. Another shocking statistic: more than 160,000 people are injured in car crashes every year in New York alone.

The unfortunate reality is that car crashes happen in the city every day, and there’s almost always an innocent victim.

If you or a family member has been injured, the medical costs, lost work and the pain can be overwhelming, but the Manhattan car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped New Yorkers get compensation after these devastating crashes.

When you or a loved one is injured, count on the law firm that has helped thousands of victims get the best result possible. Call the Manhattan car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes for a free case evaluation.

Cellino & Barnes (800)888-8888

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