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Motorcyclist Struck, Dragged By Truck in New York

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A New York motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital this week after being dragged 150 feet by a tractor trailer outside Syracuse, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to CNYCentral, the crash happened Tuesday evening just after 6:30 on Vine Street near Oswego Street in the town of Liverpool, New York.

Deputies say the motorcyclist, Steven McGill, 27, was on his motorcycle when the tractor trailer hit him from behind. Authorities said the truck driver, John Ries, didn’t see Steven McGill, and the truck continued to push the motorcycle 150 feet before another driver alerted the truck operator of the accident.

Unfortunately, Steven McGIll was unable to get off his bike because it was jammed underneath the front of the truck, deputies said.

The rider was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he was treated for leg and abdominal injuries, CNYCentral reported.

A New York motorcycle accident lawyer says truck drivers have to be alert when driving in the cities, towns and villages of Western and Central New York. There are also other factors that should be looked at when a motorcyclist is injured by a tractor trailer or other large vehicle.

Every year, hundreds of New Yorkers are injured or killed in motorcycle-truck accidents that can be linked back to a negligent or inattentive driver. An extensive legal investigation could look at a trucker’s driving record and the number of hours the he has spent behind the wheel.

Fatigue is often a common cause of a New York truck crash, and drivers are required to the log their time operating these large vehicles. Unfortunately, many drivers are pushing their bodies to the limit, and in some cases, they’re breaking the law. An experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer can collect these logs as evidence that could help an injured victim get the best result possible from an injury claim.

Although driving records can be important in an accident investigation, a New York truck accident attorney could uncover additional pieces of evidence that could help maximize a victim’s compensation. This evidence could include:

  • Truck maintenance records
  • Overall road safety
  • Road striping
  • Traffic signals
  • Surveillance video
  • Dashcam video from the truck itself or other drivers in the area

This year has already been a dangerous year for motorcycle riders in New York State. Many other bikers have been hit by speeding cars, inattentive drivers and tractor trailers in places like Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester. Many of those victims have suffered life-altering injuries as a result of a New York truck accident, and some could receive significant compensation for their injury or loss, which helps cover the following costs:

  • Expenses from hospitalization
  • Lost time at work
  • Reduced wages
  • Loss of protection or care
  • Pain and suffering

A successful case can also pave the way for meaningful changes in our communities that could improve the safety for other motorcyclists, bicycle riders and pedestrians in Western and Central New York towns and cities like Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.

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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.

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What Causes The Most Motorcycle Crashes? Cars

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What Causes The Most Motorcycle Crashes? CarsNEW YORK – New research claims drivers – not riders – are to blame for most accidents involving a car and a motorcycle.

The study, conducted at the Monash University Accident Research Centre, found that car or truck drivers often make mistakes while scanning traffic, failing to see a motorcyclist.

The report looked at more than 230 accidents involving motorcyclists who were taken to hospitals, many of which were not found to be at fault for their crash.

Drivers were often found to make critical mistakes in light traffic, where decisions must be made quickly, and where speed can be a factor.

On the other hand, motorcyclists were more likely to be at fault in a gridlock situation. This is likely due to the fact that it’s easier for motorcycles to maneuver around vehicles, which are moving slowly in heavier traffic.

Researchers also found a direct correlation between the rider’s age and who was at fault. Older riders were less likely to have caused an accident, which suggests that experience is a valuable factor that could prevent hundreds of injuries. For every 10-year increase in a motorcyclist’s age, there was nearly a 40 percent decrease in rider error, the study found.

WHAT TO DO WHEN A CAR HITS YOU

A Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says as spring approaches, there needs to be a strong emphasis on protecting motorcyclists.

“Those who drive cars, trucks or SUVs are protected by things like seat belts and air bags, but if you ride a motorcycle, it’s just you and a helmet,” Long Island motorcycle accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “Even at low speeds, one mistake by a driver can spell disaster for a person on a bike.”

Cellino & Barnes has been fighting on behalf of injured motorcyclists for over 50 years, and they’ve helped their clients get the best result possible from an injury claim.

This experience is crucial if you or a loved one has ever been injured in a motorcycle crash. The Long Island motorcycle accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have investigated accidents similar to yours, and they have a proven track record of winning cases in court.

When a negligent driver hits you, or causes you to lose control of your bike, contact Cellino & Barnes for a free case evaluation.

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Watch For Motorcycles

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Watch For MotorcyclesROCHESTER, N.Y. – Every summer, families mourn the loss of a motorcycle enthusiast. Every year, our communities feel this heartache – and it can all be prevented with safety measures and vigilance.

In Monroe County alone, six riders have been killed in separate crashes since the Memorial Day weekend in May. A Rochester motorcycle accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says riders are starting to take notice.

“These tragic events have impacted our community and riders are aware of what’s happened this summer in Rochester,” motorcycle accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “Almost every accident can be prevented, so we’re joining our motorcycle friends in urging drivers to look twice.”

This week, another deadly crash claimed a life. According to the Rochester D&C, a car turned left in front of motorcycle at a Perinton intersection. The crash killed the motorcyclist and his passenger.

Earlier this month, another rider was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle in traffic, WHEC 10 reported.

However, not all motorcycle accidents involve passenger vehicles.

Last month, three riders were killed just days apart in separate motorcycle accidents near Rochester. According to WHEC 10, one rider was speeding through a Parma neighborhood when he lost control of his bike. Deputies said the motorcycle burst into flames after hitting a stone culvert.

Since bikes are much smaller than cars and trucks, drivers often don’t see them. The Rochester motorcycle accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes said caution and second look could save the life of a person on a motorcycle.

“Check your blind spots and slow down, all it takes is a second glance,” Cellino said. “Unfortunately many drivers don’t double check their mirrors before merging lanes and riders have been seriously injured following these accidents.”

Not only could caution save a life, it can also help keep your insurance costs low. In New York State, just one accident can bump-up your premium by 15-30 percent. That could be thousands of dollars in savings – all because you checked twice.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, the attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can help you get the best result possible. Recognized by Martindale.com as a top law firm in Rochester, clients have trusted Cellino & Barnes for over 50 years.

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With or Without a Helmet

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With or Without a HelmetBUFFALO, N.Y. – Riding a motorcycle can be a great experience but it also comes with great risks. In New York State, there are laws that protect riders from devastating injuries and even death. It’s no secret that helmet laws can save your life but most states still don’t require riders to put one on their heads.

In some cities, more than 3,000 riders can be admitted to area hospitals every year. Most of them will be diagnosed with serious head injuries and of those hospitalized riders, 80 percent will not survive.

A Buffalo motorcycle accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says it’s not worth taking the risk.

“Motorcyclists are still some of the most vulnerable people using the roads, even when they’re required by law to wear a helmet in Buffalo,” motorcycle accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “The risks skyrocket when bikers take road trips to surrounding states that don’t have helmet laws.”

Many riders still choose to wear a helmet in other states but some have the option of storing it away. In fact, 31 states have little or no helmet requirements and the statistics show that biking in those states can be much more dangerous.

At King George’s Medical University, doctors treat more than 16,000 motorists each year after crashes involving both cars and motorcycles. Of those patients, nearly 11,000 suffered a serious head injury. The statistics are an important look into road safety as a whole – and the importance of wearing a helmet when riding on two wheels.

A recent study conducted by researchers at KGMU found that only 15 percent of riders will wear a helmet when they aren’t required to but nearly half of all patients with head injuries (around 4,500) were taken to the emergency room after a motorcycle crash.

“Even when riders are wearing a helmet, there’s a high risk of head injuries,” Barnes said. “That’s why we’re urging everyone to slow down and pay attention this summer; because there are lives at stake.”

Motorcyclists who wear helmets have a much greater chance of survival but the Buffalo motorcycle accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes hope their message gets through to all motorists: attentive drivers and riders can prevent a potentially dangerous crash.

As one of Western New York’s most recognizable law firms, Cellino & Barnes is proud to call Buffalo home and it’s our goal to make our roads and neighborhoods a safer place for everyone.

Our Buffalo motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many other motorcyclists obtain the maximum compensation for their injuries. If you’ve been injured on a bike, contact us today for a free consultation.

Danger on Two Wheels

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Danger on Two WheelsBUFFALO, N.Y. – Warm summer weather is great for riding but it also poses its problems for motorcyclists. Since more riders are hitting the pavement, the road is getting more dangerous and thousands of motorcyclists could get seriously injured over the next three months alone.

“No one is more susceptible to fatal or life-threatening injuries than motorcyclists in Buffalo,” motorcycle accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “We’re seeing a record number of vehicles on the road and those cars and trucks are more often being driven by distracted drivers who don’t realize that they’re sharing the road with bikers.”

The Governors Highway Safety Association released preliminary data this month and found that more than 5,000 people were killed on motorcycles in 2015. That’s a 10 percent increase from the previous year. It’s also a ‘conservative estimate,’ so the death toll is likely even higher.

Barnes, a Buffalo motorcycle accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes said the new report should be concerning for both motorcyclists and drivers alike.

“Motorcyclists have the deck stacked against them and what would normally be considered a minor accident can result in life-threatening injuries,” Barnes said. “It sure is safer to be behind the wheel of a car but you also have that added responsibility because you can be held responsible for someone else’s injuries.”

According to the GHSA report, 2015 had the conditions of a ‘perfect storm.’ Between near flawless summer weather and a warm fall, riders enjoyed a significantly longer motorcycle season. Adding to the risk, the number of two-wheeled registrations doubled in the last decade; going from nearly 4-million bikes in 1997 to almost 8-million choppers in 2008.

“Per mile driven, fatality rates for motorcycles were 26 times that of passenger vehicle occupants,” the study’s authors wrote.

Last year was certainly a record year when it came to crashes involving motorcycles. More than 30 states experienced increases in motorcyclist fatalities despite several safety improvements to infrastructure and technology.

Many cars for example are now equipped with high-tech sensors that alert drivers to vehicles in blind spots and sometimes, these cars will automatically brake for the driver in emergency situations. Despite these safety improvements, among others, cars and motorcycles collided at a record pace.

The GHSA said cars are not completely to blame, however. In many cases, the onus is on state lawmakers to improve safety for everyone on the road, including motorcyclists. Currently, only 19 states and the District of Columbia require all riders to wear helmets. Helmets are not required by experienced riders in a staggering 28 states and three states have no helmet laws whatsoever.

The heavy use of smart phones in the car has also had impact on riders. It’s now estimated that distracted driving is a factor in most crashes involving a four-wheeled vehicle.

If you’ve been injured while riding a bike, the Buffalo motorcycle accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have helped accident victims and their families recover the best results possible. Click here to contact an attorney today.

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Help Prevent Motorcycle Accidents

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Help Prevent Motorcycle AccidentsBUFFALO, N.Y. – For just the third year in history, the number of deadly motorcycle accidents soared over 5,000 in 2015. That’s up 10% from 2014.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 5,010 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes last year and it was the first time fatalities topped 5,000 people since 2008.

The data and trends are preliminary but a Buffalo motorcycle accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says it shows the need for better driver education and awareness.

“Motorcycling is a dangerous activity but it doesn’t have to be for riders in Buffalo,” motorcycle accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “Drivers should always look twice before turning or merging lanes – especially during the summer months when most bike riders are on the road.”

The fatality rate for motorcyclists is 26 times higher than those riding in passenger vehicles and in some states, motorcycle deaths represented 15% to 20% of all road fatalities. In most states, motorcycles represent only a small percentage of registered vehicles and miles traveled.

More than 90% of the riders killed last year were men, the study said. Older riders have historically been most at risk while on the chopper but last year, bikers aged 20-29 had the highest share of deadly accidents, representing nearly 25% of the total. Riders over the age of 50 were not far behind.

The GHSA report suggested several factors caused the spike in accidents:

  • A long stretch of warm weather in 2015 (more riding days)
  • Lower fuel prices
  • Stronger economy

The report also emphasized the need for safer legislation, including helmet laws researchers say would immediately cause riding deaths to drop.

“Only 19 states require all motorcyclists to wear helmets,” Barnes said. “Studies have shown that helmets can save lives but there are still many places in America where riders aren’t required to put one on.”

In 2013, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimated that 715 motorcycle deaths could have been prevented if the rider had been wearing a helmet.

Cellino & Barnes recently expanded its Grider Street office in Buffalo to accommodate victims across Western New York. If you’ve been injured in a crash, our Buffalo motorcycle accident lawyers have a track record of helping riders get the best result possible. Contact a lawyer today for a free consultation.

Safe Journeys for Motorcyclists as Summer Arrives

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Safe Journeys for MotorcyclistsROCHESTER, N.Y. – The mercury is finally rising and the curbsides are looking green. For thousands of New Yorkers, it’s motorcycle season.

This time of year also makes the ride more dangerous. A Rochester motorcycle accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says many motorists – usually driving heavier vehicles – are not fully aware of the sudden surge of bikers on the road.

“Motorcycles are much smaller than your standard car so it’s important to look twice before changing lanes or making turns in Rochester,” motorcycle accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “These simple steps can help save a life but every year, drivers ignore road safety and bikers can get seriously injured.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported a total of 4,295 motorcyclists were killed in crashes last year – a continuation of a deadly trend that started in 1998. According to the institute’s statistics, motorcycle deaths accounted for 13-percent of all traffic deaths and it has more than doubled since 1997.

“There’s a clear need for better road safety,” Cellino said. “Drivers must pay attention to their surroundings – especially during the summer when most motorcycle collisions occur.”

IIHS also reported a recent spike in the number of accidents involving older drivers. In 1996, drivers over the age of 50 only accounted for 9-percent of the nation’s fatal motorcycle accidents.

By 2014, that number had risen to 36-percent.

For years, motorcyclists have been promoting safe driver education but the numbers continue to rise. That’s why the Rochester motorcycle accident attorneys are urging drivers to be aware of the increase of motorcycles on the road and be cautious on the roads.

Rochester motorcycle accident lawyers say many of the men and women killed are experienced riders who know the roadways across Western New York. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, Cellino & Barnes has offices across New York State and represents injured victims from all 50 states and Canada.

Contact a Rochester motorcycle accident attorney today for a free consultation.

Get the Facts: Motorcycles

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Get the Facts: MotorcyclesROCHESTER, N.Y. – The average tractor trailer can weigh over 70,000 pounds, the average car weighs in at 4,000 pounds and your motorcycle comes in at just 700 pounds. In traffic collisions, weight can mean all the difference and riders are almost always at a severe disadvantage.

Motorcycles are some of the most dangerous and deadliest motor vehicles on the road. That’s because they are less stable and less visible than cars. Riders usually lack the protections provided to drivers of your standard sedan. With only a helmet (and sometimes less than that), millions of motorcyclists continue to ride the roads.

Rochester motorcycle accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say bikers take a huge risk when they leave home but other drivers- those operating cars and trucks- need to be extra careful with motorcycles on the road.

“When a car crashes into another car, there’s a reasonable chance that all passengers can walk away from an accident like that in Rochester,” motorcycle accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “When a car collides with a motorcycle, even at low speeds, the rider can suffer serious injuries.”

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 26 times the number in cars.

Since 1995, motorcycle deaths have more than doubled and claimed almost 4,500 lives in 2013.

“In the 1970’s motorcycle accidents were a serious issue and many states began implementing laws requiring riders to wear a helmet,” Cellino said. “Fatalities were cut in half by the 1990’s but today we’re seeing a record-number of motorcycle crashes.”

Of all the traffic deaths in America last year, motorcycles were involved in almost 15 percent of the crashes. Most of these fatalities involved men over the age of 50.

The IIHS reported the most dangerous month for motorcyclists was August, recording more than 600 deaths each year.

“Although these deadly crashes are on the rise, it is still extremely important for riders to wear a helmet because it’s been proven to increase your chance of surviving a crash,” Cellino said. “Just as important, drivers of cars and trucks must be aware of these motorcyclists and give them space so these deadly accidents can be avoided.”

Rochester motorcycle accident attorneys said riders are awarded about $16 billion each year because the injuries are often severe or deadly.

Look Twice; Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists

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Sharing the Road with MotorcyclistsBUFFALO, N.Y. – The trees are growing leaves again and the temperatures are getting toasty. Summer isn’t scheduled to officially start until June 21st but motorcyclists couldn’t wait. Thousands of motorcycles are on the road and safety continues to be top priority in New York State.

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee declared May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month, and for a good reason.

In 2013, there were over 5,000 motorcycle crashes in the Empire State alone causing nearly 200 fatalities and many more injuries.

“Automakers have taken steps to make cars safer with sensors and airbags but you don’t have that when you’re riding on two wheels in Buffalo,” motorcycle accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “All a biker could have is their judgement and a helmet.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) records over 4,000 deadly motorcycle crashes each year, accounting for about 15 percent of all highway fatalities. Motorcycles only represent 3 percent of all vehicle registrations in the United States.

Statistics show motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash and 5 times more likely to be injured.

“Everyone needs to work together to ensure the roads are safe for all motorists,” Cellino said. “Motorcyclists must be responsible; follow the traffic laws, make yourself visible and avoid bad weather and drivers have the same responsibilities.”

Buffalo motorcycle accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say drivers should always check their blind spots before changing lanes. Since motorcycles are smaller, they can often be obscured when traveling next to a larger vehicle.

 

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