BUFFALO, N.Y. – Crashes in February and other winter months could cost over $185-million in additional repairs, and some states experience an extreme uptick in the number of accidents when temperatures dip.
According to new research from Accident Exchange, frosty streets, wet weather and a lack of daylight cause a 15 percent rise in accidents between January and March, when compared to the summertime figures taken between June and August.
The company analyzed nearly 30,000 traffic collisions and found that the most dangerous time is during the evening commute. According to their figures, winter accidents spike by 30 percent in the 5 o’clock rush hour alone, as drivers struggle with low light conditions and arctic weather.
The study also determined that Friday is the worst day for car crashes, as drivers are more fatigued from a long work week. Fridays were reported to have 19 percent more accidents than any other week day.
Car repairs during the months of January, February and March come with a hefty price tag as well; costing drivers nearly $200-million.
A Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says that figure doesn’t include any potential medical costs associated with a car crash, which could create an even larger cost burden for drivers.
“Treating an injury is often one of the most expensive, but necessary costs associated with a crash in Buffalo,” car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “It can also be very difficult to get fair compensation for an injury, which is why anyone who’s been injured in a collision should look for legal representation.”
According to several insurance associations, the average claim for a car accident injury totals over $15,000. Buffalo car accident lawyers say that figure may not even cover all of the injuries or treatments, and there are several ways to maximize a claim.
According to the Buffalo car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes, preparing a case for trial is one of the many ways they’re able to secure the best result possible for their clients. Some other ways they can help maximize a victim’s compensation include:
Detailed documentation of the accident
Requesting official reports and evidence
Investigating the accident for other pieces of evidence, including video or photographs
Obtaining the RIGHT experts, including doctors, and witnesses
Filing paperwork on-time
Knowing, and beating the insurance tricks that could devalue a victim’s case
If you’ve been injured in a wintertime accident, you’re not alone. You have the right to be compensated for any injuries you’ve suffered as a result of another driver’s negligence, but it can be difficult fighting the insurance company alone.
The Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have been trusted by Western New Yorkers for over 50 years, and with their no-fee promise, they won’t get paid unless they win your case, so contact an experienced trial attorney for a free case evaluation.
NEW 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.
“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.
LOS ANGELES – Roughly 4-million Americans suffer a concussion every year – and that’s just from sports. Millions more suffer concussions in car and work-related accidents, and doctors are just beginning to find out how devastating a brain injury can be.
A new study by University of Georgia researchers has found that the effects of a concussion can continue to impact a person’s driving ability, even when symptoms disappear. Researchers discovered that participants who recently suffered a concussion were likely to drive erratically at times, and in some cases their reactions mirrored those of a driver who may be under the influence of alcohol.
It’s the first study of its kind to take a deeper look into how a concussion can impact a person’s driving skills. Most concussion research has been focused on how the injury impacts athletes, and study authors noted that the issue of driving after a concussion has rarely been discussed.
The findings are concerning for safety advocates because it could put more lives at risk. A Los Angeles car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes said concussions are very common injuries, and most of the injuries don’t occur in sports.
“More than half of all concussions are caused by falls or traffic collisions, so there could be hundreds of drivers on the road right now who have recently suffered a traumatic brain injury in Los Angeles,” car accident attorney John Sheehan said. “What’s more concerning is that many of these drivers may not even know they’re impaired by their injury.”
The research was conducted using virtual cars which simulated real-life driving situations. The drivers, all of whom had not reported symptoms of a concussion for at least 48 hours, consistently had less vehicle control, according to the report.
In many cases drivers were swerving, or they showed a delay in their reaction time. Researchers believe the data implies that driving should at least be restricted until concussion symptoms clear, or perhaps even longer.
Researchers said the next step is to determine exactly when driving abilities start to improve. They hope their information can help health officials set guidelines that could determine when driving should be restricted.
Until then, there could be thousands of dangerous drivers on the road who are unknowingly impaired. If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, a Los Angeles car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes can investigate your case and help determine whether another driver was fit to be behind the wheel.
Concussions and other injuries should be taken seriously, and the Los Angeles car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have the resources to get the best doctors on your side. For a free consultation, call our Los Angeles car accident lawyers today.
NEW YORK – Your job can be stressful, and that stress can affect the way you drive. So, it may not be surprising that those working long hours in a high-pressure environment have the highest premiums.
A new report found that those who work in the healthcare industry are also some of those most likely to cause a car accident – and general practitioners are twice as likely to make a claim than other careers.
According to the study, almost 13 percent of GPs have been in a car crash in the past five years, and several other healthcare professions dominated the list of jobs that have oddly high claim rates. The top ten most at-risk careers include:
District Nurse (10.46%)
Drug Addiction Counselor (10.49%)
Hospital Doctor (10.66%)
Hospital Consultant (12.65%)
General Practitioner (12.98%)
Experts say those who work in medicine are typically under a high amount of stress, and that kind of pressure has a huge impact on the way they drive – even when they aren’t distracted. Unfortunately, these careers are often demanding, and it can be difficult to leave work at the office when a person gets in their car, researchers said.
In contrast, some jobs make very safe drivers, like butchers. Only one-percent of those who work in the meat-packing industry have filed a claim in the last five years. Other relatively safe drivers included:
Construction Workers (3.49%)
THE CONCERN OFF THE ROAD
The new findings are not only concerning for those working in the healthcare industry – it should also concern patients and their families.
Occupational health experts say high-stress professions, like those found in a hospital, can dramatically affect a person’s cognitive functions and overall health. In many cases, a person can become clumsy or absent minded, and they can often struggle to concentrate on tasks.
Driving a vehicle is just one of those important tasks. In some cases, stress has been linked to medical errors.
Those mistakes are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 250,000 lives each year. A New York medical malpractice lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says almost all of these accidents are preventable, but hospitals continue to place high demands on their doctors and support staff.
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a medical error, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Some of these errors include:
When any of these mistakes happen, you need someone to stand-up for your rights. The New York medical malpractice lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have represented injured victims in the Empire State for over 50 years, and they’ve helped clients obtain more than $2 billion in settlements and verdicts.
An experienced New York medical malpractice attorney can fully investigate your claim, to help you and your family get the best result possible. For a free consultation, contact Cellino & Barnes today.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Now that a fair amount of snow has fallen on Western and Central New York, the slopes are open. But skiing and snowboarding have several risks, and local emergency rooms are already reporting a plethora of injuries.
New York State has more than 40 ski areas, more than any other state in the country, according to Ski Central. All of these areas have certain standards and safety regulations that ensure that visitors can not only have fun, but avoid a serious injury as well.
There’s a fine line between safe skiing and fun skiing. With too many regulations, the ski resorts would likely lose business; but too few regulations could be dangerous, or even deadly.
That’s why safety advocates are urging skiers and snowboarders to use extreme caution on the trails this month. Many of those who will be at the resorts this weekend haven’t been on the slopes in quite some time.
“We had a mild winter last year and this winter has been relatively mild as well, so there haven’t been many opportunities to go skiing or snowboarding around Rochester,” slip and fall lawyer Ross Cellino said. “It’s really important to take it easy the few times on the slopes, and be extra careful getting on and off chairlifts.”
Not all injuries happen on the slopes. Many accidents occur on ski lifts and near lodges. In almost every case, ski areas are required to get permits to operate chairlifts, and officials regularly inspect ski areas for possible malfunctions or safety concerns.
In many cases, the injury may not be the result of a lift malfunction; operators also have a responsibility to make sure skiers safely proceed onto a lift platform and unload in an equally safe manner.
Although skiing and snowboarding has its risks, Rochester slip and fall lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say most injuries occur off the slopes, at other areas where snow and ice can build-up to dangerous levels.
THE RISKS OFF THE MOUNTAIN
One of the things skiers enjoy most about the sport is going to the lodge afterwards for a hot cocoa. Many of the injuries that occur at ski resorts, and other businesses in the winter, occur near establishments where melting snow and ice has puddled on the floor.
Businesses and property owners have a responsibility to keep heavily trafficked areas safe and clear of snow and ice. Unfortunately, this duty is often neglected, and people can get seriously injured as a result.
If you’ve fallen on slippery floor, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The Rochester slip and fall attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped many victims get the best result possible from an injury claim; and they can help you and your family maximize the compensation you’re entitled to.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Traffic deaths spiked in 2016 after years of steady decline, and safety experts have been scrambling to find out why. One new study links the lack of driving safety laws to the surging number of accidents.
The new report, conducted by Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, ranked the traffic laws around the country. Some of the laws it analyzed included:
Seat belt laws
Impaired driving laws
Booster seat laws
Teen driving laws
Many of the states the report evaluated had low scores on their report cards, and the safety advocates who developed the study said many motorists and pedestrians are needlessly getting injured or killed on U.S. roadways even though there are certain measures that can be taken to prevent traffic accidents.
The research group identified nearly 400 state laws that could help improve traffic safety, including regulations on strict seat belt use, graduated driver licensing for teens, enforcement of distracted driving laws, and motorcycle helmet use, among others.
Traffic deaths were up by over seven percent in 2015, the largest spike in 50 years. Preliminary figures don’t bode well for 2016, either. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2016 may have experienced another record-breaking increase in traffic deaths.
Some of the states with the worst scores included:
Meanwhile, Rhode Island received the best scores. The state has at least a dozen laws that help protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians from potential car crashes.
ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK
In New York State, there are several laws in place to help reduce the risk of a motor vehicle crash, but the state did not make the top five, the report found. Instead, the Empire State received a “Yellow Rating,” which indicates improvement is needed, and there may be gaps in the recommended optimal safety laws.
Drivers in New York State know this all too well. Recent polls have found that at least 60 percent of New York drivers have admitted to driving distracted in the past six months. Another 40 percent have admitted to speeding.
These bad habits add up, and a Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the majority of car crashes now involve a driver who was either distracted or speeding, or in some cases, both.
If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, the Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes can help you get the best result possible. Their team of trial attorneys has helped their clients recover over $2-billion in settlements and verdicts, and they’ve been trusted by Western New Yorkers for over 50 years.
A Buffalo car accident attorney can investigate your claim, and help determine what factors were at play. In some cases, this evidence can maximize your compensation. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash, call Cellino & Barnes today for a free case evaluation.
LOS ANGELES – Traffic is one of the leading causes of injury in the United States, and few cities have more collisions than L.A. That’s why the city recently published a new plan that it hopes will reduce traffic deaths in 2017 by 20 percent.
The plan, laid out by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, is the first part of the agency’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate serious crashes by 2020.
Since Vision Zero was adopted in 2015, officials haven’t had much success in reducing the number of motor vehicle collisions. More than 250 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed by vehicle traffic in Los Angeles last year; more than any other American city.
After years of declining numbers, traffic deaths skyrocketed in 2016, and by some estimates, a person was killed in L.A. traffic every 40 hours.
Traffic officials had to rethink their Vision Zero strategy.
That’s where this new plan comes in.
The plan identified several streets that are risky areas for pedestrians and cyclists. In fact, 65 percent of all traffic-related injuries and deaths occurred on just six percent of the city’s streets.
In addition to making safety improvements to the streets identified as ‘high risk,’ city officials say people can expect more enforcement of traffic safety laws, including a crackdown on distracted driving and speeding.
According to the latest numbers, deadly collisions involving two or more vehicles were up almost 50 percent in 2016. A Los Angeles car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the spike indicates speed is often an issue.
“These aren’t fender benders when drivers are getting killed on the streets in Los Angeles,” car accident attorney John Sheehan said. “Cars have many safety features like air bags and seat belts, so when a driver is seriously injured, it’s very likely they were going faster than 30 miles per hour.”
Some city officials have suggested that speed limits are already too high in some areas – and as the speed increases, the chance of survival decreases, especially for pedestrians.
Researchers have found that when a person is struck by a car going 40 miles per hour, there’s only a 10 percent chance of survival. At 20 miles per hour, pedestrians have an 80 percent survival rate.
Some of the key points of the city’s new strategy to reduce traffic deaths include:
Reducing speed limits
Changes to road design
High-tech speed enforcement
Introduction of autonomous vehicles
Even if the plan is fully implemented, safety advocates say irresponsible drivers will still find their way behind the wheel. Whether they’re drunk, tired, or distracted, drivers have a responsibility to keep themselves and others safe from a car crash.
If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, the Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes can help. With offices in downtown L.A., our experienced attorneys can investigate your case and help maximize your compensation.
LOS ANGELES – Almost 25 percent of teens and young adults have been involved in an accident or near miss in the last year, and distracted driving is a factor in almost all of the incidents.
The poll, conducted by Goodyear, quizzed 1,000 drivers between the ages of 17 and 25. The results were concerning:
18% had driven through a red light because they were distracted
29% admitted to calling or answering the phone
28% said they have texted behind the wheel
23% said laws against distracted driving did not impact their behaviors
10% have logged into social media during a drive
Of those who admitted to opening social media apps, the distractions went deeper:
45% updated their status or searched newsfeeds
32% used Snapchat while driving
Music is also a major contributor to accidents and close calls. Researchers found that over a quarter of teens and young adults play music while driving, and they’re using smartphone apps to pump their tunes.
Simply playing the radio or changing the station can often be a contributing factor in many motor vehicle crashes, a Los Angeles car accident lawyer said. When the music player is handheld, it adds another layer of complication to an already distracted driver.
Not only were young drivers found to be distracted by the music, they’re also swiping through their phone to get to the next song, or hooking-up their phone with hardware to be able to play their tunes through the car’s speakers.
IT’S NOT JUST SMARTPHONES
Smartphones have often meant disaster for young drivers since they were introduced to consumers about a decade ago. Since then, incidents directly linked to distracted driving have sky rocketed and now outpace drunk driving as a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents.
However, researchers have found that young drivers are easily distracted, even when smartphones are missing from the equation.
Roughly 13 percent of younger drivers admitted to regularly applying make-up or skin products while driving.
Another 11 percent claimed they often style or brush their hair behind the wheel.
All of these numbers should be concerning to parents and other drivers, but researchers said the most worrying problem they identified was that nearly a third of young drivers who had an accident or a close call didn’t tell their parents.
WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN
Good drivers know how dangerous distracted driving can be – and they avoid it at all costs. Unfortunately, many good drivers get injured or killed by negligent ones.
Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes now estimate that more than half of all car crashes involve a distracted party. Proving a driver was distracted can be a useful piece of evidence in any personal injury case, but it can often be difficult without the right resources.
As one of the largest personal injury law firms in the nation, Cellino & Barnes has the resources to help victims and their families maximize their compensation. A Los Angeles car accident lawyer can use these resources to gather evidence that could strengthen your case and help you get the best result possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, call Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation.
NEW YORK – If you’re looking for diversity, the Big Apple has it. People from every corner of the globe flock to New York City, and they’re proud to call it home. We also boast a wide range of cuisines, art and architecture – and if you want to experience New York’s diverse culture, you have to use city streets. Unfortunately, the condition of our roads is just as diverse as the city itself.
A new report form the Independent Budget Office found that in many areas of the city, streets are falling apart, and some places have it worse than others.
The report used data and ratings from a recent Department of Transportation assessment, and found that the streets in Brooklyn are some of the newest and best streets in the five boroughs – roughly 75 percent of the roadways are in “Good” condition.
Manhattan and Staten Island, however, are in rougher shape. Only 66 percent and 59 percent of the streets were in good condition, respectively.
The report not only looked at the boroughs; it also analyzed the highest and lowest rated streets by neighborhood. With just 28 percent of its roads in “Good” condition, Kew Gardens in Queens has more streets in shambles than any other section of the city, the data found.
The neighborhoods with the best ratings included:
Fort Greene (89.3 percent good)
Starrett City (86.5 percent good)
Williamsburg (86.3 percent good)
Alongside Kew Gardens, here are some neighborhoods with the worst ratings:
Parkchester (30.3 percent good)
Seagate-Coney Island (35 percent good)
Upper East Side-Carnegie Hall (44.6 percent good)
Why it Matters
Streets and roads in good condition not only take less of a toll on vehicles; they can also help prevent a car crash.
A New York car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says an experienced lawyer doesn’t just look at the police report: they will also analyze the road conditions, traffic signals, signage, and other factors that may have contributed to a crash.
A deep pot hole could alter the path of a car, and faded striping can make important street markers difficult for the average driver to see.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, count on a team you know will be thorough with your claim. A New York car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes will gather every possible piece of evidence that can help maximize the value of your case. For a free consultation, call one of their New York car accident attorneys today:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The technology in the palm of your hands can do almost anything. We’re talking about smartphones. Whatever you want to do, whatever tool you need, there’s probably an app for that – unless you want your phone to prevent a car crash. One lawsuit now accuses a major phone maker of having the technology to prevent drivers from texting and driving, but the smartphone company hasn’t used it.
The idea is simple: take the phone away from the driver. Unfortunately, some drivers just can’t put the phone down. It’s these drivers that cause an estimated 1.6 million car wrecks every year, injuring nearly 330,000 people. But, if they’re locked-out of their phones, they can’t text, and they’re likely to be a safer driver.
It’s now estimated that roughly 16 people are killed on U.S. roads every day as a result of texting and driving, but many safety advocates believe those deaths could be prevented using technology the phone companies already have.
Some drivers are now calling for a “lockout” feature that would shut-down a smartphone while its owner is in the driver’s seat. The feature already exists, one person alleges. As evidence, his lawsuit points to a patent that Apple filed in 2008, and received in 2014.
The patent, titled “Driver Handheld Computer Lockout Device,” describes, in detail, a way to disable handheld devices by using sensors to determine when a person is at the wheel. The problem? It hasn’t been installed in consumer electronics.
Text messaging is now banned for all drivers in 46 states, and many municipalities have enacted their own bans, which are often more stringent than state laws.
Unfortunately, making texting and driving illegal hasn’t improved safety. Distracted driving is now a bigger problem than impaired driving – it causes more crashes and claims more lives each year. A Rochester car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the relationship people have a strong relationship with their phones, and it’s too easy to keep the phone hidden from law enforcement officers.
Implanting a lockout system could be a viable solution to the problem, but it would have to be mandatory.
When Drivers Put Technology Above the Law
Each day, drivers are ticketed for texting behind the wheel of a car. That’s a good scenario in comparison to others who aren’t caught texting and driving and, instead, cause a car wreck. In these situations, the texting driver can get seriously injured or killed. Making matters worse, these distractions can also hurt innocent people who are good drivers, struck by an irresponsible party.
If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, there are several ways a Rochester car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes can help. Our lawyers have years of experience gathering evidence against irresponsible drivers. This evidence could include driving records, phone records, eye-witness statements, or video evidence that could be available.
An injury can be devastating, but you don’t have to fight the insurance companies alone. The Rochester car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped many clients get the best results possible from their claims. If you’ve been in a car crash, call the firm that has been trusted in New York for over 50 years.
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