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What To Do After Being Hit in a Car Accident

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What To Do After Being Hit in a Car AccidentBUFFALO, N.Y. – Families are enjoying the summer weather any way they can this month: walking in the park, riding their bicycles and taking summer road trips on their motorcycles. Sadly, there have already been several accidents this summer, including one that killed a woman and injured three others after an alleged drugged driver crossed over the center line.

More motorcyclists are getting hurt each year, more pedestrians are getting hurt and more bicyclists are ending up in hospitals after run-ins with negligent drivers. New research has found that up-to-date bike lanes often have lower accident rates for bicyclists, but accidents are rising across the board.

In Erie County alone, car accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists and riders are on the rise. Last year, there were over 230 motorcycle accidents – a 23% spike over previous years. Bicyclists face similar challenges, and there have been nearly a thousand more reported incidents involving bicycles last year than years prior.

A Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the numbers highlight a concerning trend.

“Drivers need to be more careful on the roads in Buffalo,” car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “Bicycles and motorcycles are becoming more popular, especially during the summer months, and when they’re involved in a car accident, the injuries can be catastrophic.”

According to the data, drivers are at fault roughly 80-percent of the time in multi-vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian. These crashes often result in serious injuries that require hospitalization or medical treatments.

“These are very costly injuries, and in many cases, they’re life-changing,” Barnes said. “Some victims may not be able to work after a motorcycle accident; and without a source of income, they’ll have no way to pay their medical bills, their mortgage or their day-to-day expenses. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced Buffalo car accident lawyer on your side to help you get the best result possible from an injury claim.”

WHAT TO DO AFTER BEING HIT BY A CAR

The first (and most important) aspect is getting medical attention. Many injuries need to be treated immediately, or they won’t heal properly which can cause more issues in the future.

It’s also important to keep all records from the accident. These include police reports, witness statements, medical records, and photo or video evidence. If you do not have these, an experienced Buffalo motorcycle accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes can conduct a thorough investigation and obtain these pieces of evidence, which could help you and your family get more compensation after an accident.

Whether the accident was truly your fault or not, NEVER admit fault. There are many factors that must be evaluated, including road conditions, weather, the mental and physical conditions of other people involved in the accident, and more.

Call the Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes. The firm has helped Western New Yorkers get the best results possible from their injury claims for over 50 years, and their bicycle accident attorneys are thorough with their investigations. They will make sure that you have the proper evidence and meet the necessary legal deadlines in order to help you maximize your compensation.

Cellino & Barnes offers FREE case evaluations, so if you are unsure if the legal process is right for you, it won’t cost a thing to find out. Our experienced Buffalo motorcycle accident lawyers have helped other clients obtain over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts. Find out how they could help you get fair compensation for your injuries.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

What Is Liability in a Car Accident? Knowing Your Risks on the Road

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What Is Liability in a Car Accident? Knowing Your Risks on the RoadBUFFALO, N.Y. – If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know how devastating they can be; even when it’s minor. There can be a multitude of unforeseen costs associated with a car crash, many of which can be exacerbated by injuries and stress.

Whether you were driving your own car, renting a vehicle, taking a cab, ridesharing, or riding a bus, your responsibilities – and risks – can change. In fact, your responsibilities and risks can differ from city to city and state to state.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates there are over 6-million car crashes every year. In each of these accidents, there’s a high risk of someone getting injured. In fact, most injuries occur either at home or in the car.

LIABILITY AS A DRIVER

Almost all car accident happen when at least one driver is careless. Unfortunately, not every crash is so black-and-white.

Legally, negligence is more complicated. In situations where multiple drivers were negligent, it can be determined that one was more at-fault than the other.

In New York State, liability is often determined using percentages. This is called comparative negligence. For example, if an injured driver was awarded $100,000 and a jury determined that the driver was 25-percent responsible for the crash and resulting injuries, that driver would be awarded $75,000 – or 25-percent less.

In some states, an injured driver can recover compensation for their injuries in the amount based on the other person’s fault; and it doesn’t matter how negligent your actions were that led to a crash. However, most states are more restrictive, and an injured driver may not be entitled to any compensation if they were more than 50% responsible for a crash.

A FREE consultation with a Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes could help you evaluate your liability as a driver, based on your specific circumstances.

RENTAL CARS

If you’ve ever rented a vehicle, you were probably forced to consider liability insurance before they give you the keys. Laws regarding rental liability greatly differ from state to state and in some cases, collision damage waivers are not allowed.

There’s also a long list of exclusions that could apply, if you were to obtain insurance for a rental car, including negligent driving, driving on unpaved roads or driving under the influence of alcohol.

Buffalo car accident lawyers also suggest inspecting your rental car before signing for it, as you could be held liable for damages caused by previous users. If it’s not documented, the cost to fix it could fall on you.

It’s important to note that your own car insurance policy may not provide coverage if you’re in an accident while driving a rental car.

In most scenarios, the rental company has done everything possible to shift liability to the driver. If anyone is ever injured in a crash involving a rental car, the company is usually not a party. But there are several exceptions.

Buffalo car accident attorneys say rental companies can be found negligent if their vehicle wasn’t properly maintained, or if they knew about a defect. For example, if the vehicle you were driving had an open recall for defective brakes, and the faulty brakes are determined to be a factor in a crash.

There are many factors in car accidents, and some are never even considered until late in the legal process, but the attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have focused their practice on helping those who have been injured in car crashes – and their experience could help you and your family get the best result possible from a claim. If you have any questions following a crash involving a rental car, contact an attorney for a FREE case evaluation.

CABS AND RIDESHARING

These are quickly becoming a preferred way to get around your city, or others while visiting. Most of the taxi and ridesharing companies have insurance policies in place to protect passengers, but these policies are often limited.

While most cities require taxis to have commercial insurance policies, which range between $250,000 and $500,000, ridesharing is not as tightly regulated. However, both Uber and Lyft policies state that the companies will provide up to $1 million in damages, if there is an accident.

But there are more concerns passengers should be aware of. The driver (or cab company) also has a responsibility to maintain their vehicles. A report from Cars.com found that as many as 40-percent of taxi cabs had open recalls that haven’t been addressed. An unfixed recall can cause serious problems on the road.

Coverages between ridesharing and taxi cabs can differ from city to city, and the amount an injured passenger is entitled to can be drastically different, depending on the specific string of events that led or contributed to a crash.

In any scenario, injured passengers are urged to obtain a FREE consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.

BUSES

All buses and travel coaches are required to be licensed and carry minimum insurance coverage, which can differ in the amount from city to city.

Additionally, for-hire carriers are required to have minimum insurance coverages of $1.5 million, if transporting less than 15 people or $5 million, if transporting 16 or more.

However, the rules differ from state to state and some vehicles may not be considered a ‘bus’ at all, and injured passengers would need to obtain compensation from the driver or the company directly.

CONCLUSION

Insurance is often complicated and diverse, and unless you are highly trained in insurance matters, obtaining compensation alone can be difficult.

Fortunately, the Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have helped thousands of victims get over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts. Their experienced and trial-tested lawyers have handled all types of personal injury cases, and that experience can help you and your family get the best result possible from a claim.

When an accident happens, call Cellino & Barnes for a FREE consultation.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

What Should I Do If I’m In A Car Accident?

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What Should I Do If I’m In A Car Accident?NEW YORK – There are roughly 3-million car accidents in the United States every year. Being involved in one can be hectic and stressful, so it’s important to know what you should do if you’re involved in an accident.

Here’s a checklist:

    1. Put Yourself First – Check yourself for injuries like broken bones, cuts or bruises.
    2. Check Your Passengers – If you have others in your vehicle, check them for similar injuries. If anyone in your vehicle is injured, immediately call for medical assistance.
    3. Do Not Move Your Vehicle Unless Instructed By Authorities – If anyone was moderately or severely injured, police will likely need to reconstruct your crash. This process is much easier if the vehicles are not moved. Even if other drivers insist on moving your vehicle, refuse until the police have arrived.
    4. Contact Authorities – If anyone is injured, call 911. This service will direct the proper authorities to your crash scene. This could include police, the fire department and an ambulance service.
    5. Assess the Damage – NEVER leave the scene of an accident for any reasons. NEVER admit fault for an accident. Even if you believe you are responsible, there may be other factors that contributed to your accident; the other driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or the traffic light may have malfunctioned. There are many variables that must be assessed before determining who is at fault.

It is also important to write down the license plate numbers of all other drivers involved. If for any reason a driver decides to flee from the accident scene, you will have vital information that can help police locate the other driver.

If possible, immediately take pictures of the accident scene before other drivers move their vehicles. Be sure to take photos from multiple angles and include pictures of the intersection or roadway markers. These photographs could be helpful later.

  1. Exchange Information With Other Drivers – Gather all the information you can. Get the names of every driver involved, and every passenger too.
  2. Take Notes – While you’re waiting for authorities to arrive, write down everything you can remember about the accident.

Where were you going?

What time was it?

What are the weather conditions?

Where did the incident happen?

What happened?

Were there any injuries? If so, what were they?

You may need to answer these questions later, and relying on your memories of an accident can be difficult, and they’re often incomplete. A written record of what you saw and what you heard is the most accurate way of recalling these events.

WHEN TO CONTACT AN ATTORNEY

If you or any of your passengers were injured in a crash, contact a Long Island car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes. Our consultations are FREE and our attorneys are available 24/7 to answer your questions.

Drivers: If you were injured in a car crash and you believe the accident was not entirely your fault, our Long Island car accident lawyers can provide you with a FREE case evaluation. Hiring an attorney ensures that your legal rights will be protected.

Passengers: Regardless of who was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries incurred as the result of a car crash. The Long Island car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can protect your rights as a passenger and ensure that you are getting the best result possible.

Contact a Long Island car accident attorney today to find out what your case is worth.

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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident?

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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident?ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Car accidents happen every minute of every day. In fact, around 3-million people are injured in car accidents every year.

They’re that common.

They’re also expensive. Not only do drivers have to contend with the costs associated with fixing their vehicle, an average injury can cost over $40,000. That’s why we have auto insurance, but the insurance companies rarely cover all the costs associated with an accident.

Most people who are injured in a crash will hire a car accident lawyer to help them recover these costs.

Anyone can file a personal injury claim, but it can get very complicated very fast. The big insurance companies will have their own team of lawyers working against you. These lawyers know the rules and laws that govern personal injury, and depending on your situation, they can effectively reduce the amount of compensation owed to you and your family.

The Rochester car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes can be your advocates, and make sure the big insurance companies and their legal teams aren’t shortchanging a car crash victim.

WHY SHOULD I CALL AN ATTORNEY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

It’s common for insurance adjusters to offer accident victims a small amount of money immediately after a car crash. They’re hoping that this amount will be enough to keep you from hiring an attorney. After all, most insurance companies aim to protect their clients – the negligent people responsible for your injuries.

Experts in the insurance industry estimate that when a Rochester car accident attorney gets involved, the value of a case skyrockets, four times or more.

That’s why many insurance companies will call you, visit you and do everything they can to get you to sign your name and settle a case before you even have a chance to talk to a lawyer.

Don’t fall for it.

Insurance is a business, and they’re not in the business of giving away money that they don’t have to. An experienced Rochester car accident attorney can make sure you’re getting fair compensation for your injuries – but that’s not the only reason you should hire an attorney after a crash.

 

  • There are deadlines to be met. Most states will have a statute of limitations. These local laws place a cap on how long you can wait before filing an injury claim. Your attorney should know these laws, and will meet these deadlines.

 

  • There are rules to follow. Some notices need to be filed within a certain amount of time. Police reports, for example, may need to be filled out and/or obtained immediately following an accident. The Rochester car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes are well-versed in these legal rules, and they can explain how each one could impact your case.

 

  • Laws are different in every state. Each state has different insurance rules. They also have different liability rules. Even cities and towns may have unique laws that can impact the amount of compensation you’re entitled to. When you hire an attorney, they need to know the laws that could affect your case.

 

  • Liability can be complex. There’s no such thing as a “clear-cut” case. Even when there are witnesses, police reports or video evidence, proving negligence can be difficult. The lawyers working for the insurance company will be gathering every piece of evidence they can find to discredit your injuries and reduce the amount owed to you. An experienced car accident attorney will be on your side, gathering evidence that will help you get the best result possible.

 

  • Many underestimate your financial loss. Injuries are often complicated. What may seem like a minor ache can grow worse over time. What seems like a simple visit to the doctor now could turn into expensive treatments down the road. As one of the largest personal injury firms in the nation, Cellino & Barnes can use a variety of resources and expert witnesses such as doctors and surgeons to help determine how an injury will affect you now – and in the years to come.

 

  • Proving a case can be difficult. The law is rarely crystal clear. There can be legal loopholes and other complexities that could help – or hurt your case. In addition, insurance companies will not always agree to your terms, and a trial may be necessary. Some law firms are only experienced with negotiating settlements, but at Cellino & Barnes, our Rochester car accident attorneys will prepare your case for trial because, in our experience, it helps our clients maximize their compensation.

CHOOSING AN ATTORNEY

If you decide that obtaining an attorney is the right choice for you, you’ll have several options to choose from. Any lawyer can file a claim on your behalf, but many law firms, both large and small, have a wide legal practice. Some lawyers handle personal injury cases alongside divorce law, commercial law, and other practices.

At Cellino & Barnes, our attorneys focus on personal injury, and only personal injury. We are immersed in this field, allowing us to know and understand all the rules and nuances associated with personal injury law.

In addition, all of our Rochester car accident lawyers are trial-tested and prepared to do what it takes to help you and your family get the best result possible.

Contact a Rochester car accident attorney to discuss the details of your case for FREE.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

Study: 92% of Drivers Use a Phone While Driving

/ Car Accident /

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.

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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

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.”

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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

Perilous Parkways

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Perilous ParkwaysGARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Since 1927, the Southern State Parkway has been a fixture in Long Island. For the most part, it’s also remained unchanged, and according to several legislators and safety officials, that’s a big problem.

According to a 2016 study conducted by the New York State Department of Transportation, more than 10,000 traffic collisions happened on the Southern State Parkway over the past five years. These crashes included more than 3,000 that resulted in serious injuries and nearly three dozen fatal accidents.

A Long Island car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says many of those crashes can be attributed to outdated road design and crumbling infrastructure. In some cases, even the signs can be outdated.

“The Southern State Parkways is one of the most dangerous roadways on Long Island,” car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “It has short entrance ramps, and the aging design of the road doesn’t always give drivers the time and distance they need to safely merge into traffic, which could be going 55 miles-per-hour, or faster.”

The roadway is notoriously dangerous. In fact, it has the attention of several lawmakers who recently introduced bills in both the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. If passed, the bills would establish a study to evaluate the configuration of the Southern State Parkway, including its entrance ramps, exit ramps, signage, and whether other safety measures are needed.

The act would also help traffic safety officials obtain federal funds that could pave the way for safety improvements.

“New York State can sometimes be held partially responsible for an accident that occurs on a problematic roadway,” Barnes said. “In many cases, the Department of Transportation has known about technical flaws that present safety hazards for drivers, but it often takes a devastating accident to get these issues ironed out.”

Unfortunately, any plans for a redesigned parkway could be months, or even years away. But statistics have shown that a deadly accident occurs every other month on Southern State Parkway.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent or speeding driver on this dangerous stretch of roadway, the Long Island car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes can help. They’ve obtained more than $2 billion for their clients, and their experience could help you get the best result possible from an injury claim.

Contact one of our Long Island car accident attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

Rely on Responsibility, Not Luck This Weekend

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Rely on Responsibility, Not Luck This WeekendBUFFALO, N.Y. – More than half of Americans plan to be Irish this weekend, spending an estimated $5.3 billion St. Patrick’s Day outfits, food and drinks. But the luck o’ the Irish only goes so far.

In Western New York, it’s a must-see event as thousands of people flood Delaware Avenue for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. While most of these parade-goers are responsible with their alcohol consumption, there are some who are not.

A Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says drunk driving continues to be a major problem on the holiday.

“People know the risks of driving drunk, and dozens of others pay the price every year in Buffalo,” car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “They can get pulled over and receive a DWI, or even worse: cause a car crash that takes someone else’s life.”

In 2015, nearly three dozen people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over St. Paddy’s Day weekend, WalletHub reports. That adds up to a deadly crash every 72 minutes. Roughly three-quarters of these crashes involved a driver who consumed twice the legal limit.

During the St. Patrick’s Day week alone, New York State Police made roughly 500 alcohol-related arrests last year, according to state records. Most of those arrests occurred on the holiday itself, but since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, safety advocates fear the problem could get worse.

“Since many people don’t have to work the next day, they could be staying at the bar later into the evening, and that’s when things can get out of hand,” Barnes said. “Not only are they consuming more alcohol, they’re also losing daylight, and nighttime driving is more dangerous for everyone – even the designated driver.”

The Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes urge everyone to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day responsibly. That means planning ahead and getting a designated driver, if you plan on enjoying a green beverage or two.

If the worst-case scenario happens to you or your family, trust the firm that has helped Western New Yorkers get the best result possible from a drunk driving crash. Contact the Buffalo car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes for a free case evaluation.

Cellino & Barnes (800)888-8888

Often Overlooked: School Bus Safety

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Often Overlooked: School Bus SafetyNEW YORK – Most school-aged children use the bus to get to and from their classes each day, and it’s generally thought of as one of the safest modes of transportation. But safety advocates are urging parents and drivers to rethink safety – both on and off the school bus.

According to federal statistics, most accidents happen before or after a child has stepped off the bus. A Bronx bus accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes said these moments are some of the most dangerous times for children.

“Some drivers either don’t notice the flashing lights of a school bus, or they ignore them completely,” Bronx bus accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “It’s a growing problem across the country, and it’s putting many children at risk.”

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) recently conducted a survey of 878 bus drivers that reported being passed 727 times in one day.

When applied to the more than 50,000 school buses on the road in New York State, drivers illegally passed yellow buses over 41,000 times each day.

It’s not just a problem in New York, either. Other states are also reporting a rise in the number of accidents involving school buses and passing vehicles. In Tampa, Florida, there’s an average of 486 accidents that result in 302 injuries and two deaths every year, WFTS reported. In some areas, accident rates have gone up 65-percent over the last five years. In DeKalb County, Georgia, bus drivers now average about 1.2 accidents each day, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“School bus safety needs to be a priority for every single person that drives a vehicle,” Barnes said. “Passing a school bus with its lights on is illegal, and it’s unacceptable, because there are young lives at stake.”

Some school districts are considering attaching red-light cameras to their vehicles to catch negligent drivers in the act. In fact, North Carolina lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow counties to adopt ordinances that would assess civil penalties to violators who pass a stopped school bus.

In many cases, these incidents result in close-calls that go unpunished, but some incidents end with heartache and frustration. If your child has been injured, the Bronx school bus accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have worked on similar cases in all 50 states, and this experience has helped many families get significant compensation after an accident.

When a negligent driver ignores the flashing lights and injures your child, the Bronx bus accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can protect your rights and help your family get the best result possible from an injury claim.

Contact us for a free case evaluation.

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