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Motorcyclist Struck, Dragged By Truck in New York

/ Motorcycle Accidents, News /

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

/ Car Accident, Motorcycle Accidents /

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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Victims of Pelvic Mesh Implants Head to Trial Against Pharmaceutical Giant

/ Defective Products /

Victims of Pelvic Mesh Implants Head to Trial Against Pharmaceutical GiantNEW YORK – Patients across the United States, Canada and Europe have filed thousands of lawsuits against big pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson (and other manufacturers) for their pelvic and vaginal mesh implants, which can cause devastating pain and, in some cases, ruin a woman’s life.

Add Australia to the mix.

More than 700 Australian women recently filed a class-action suit against J&J, arguing that the company’s pelvic mesh caused chronic and debilitating pain, infections and other serious injuries.

The trial began on Tuesday and it’s expected to last six months.

Similar to their U.S. counterparts, the victims argue that pelvic mesh manufacturers did not properly warn doctors and their patients about the risks associated with the product and the procedure. The suit also accuses manufacturers of failing to adequately test the devices before selling them.

A pelvic mesh attorney at Cellino & Barnes is currently accepting cases brought by victims from across the U.S., and says the defective products could affect millions of women.

“The major problem with defective pelvic mesh is that they can irritate surrounding tissue and organs, causing an extremely painful inflammatory reaction,” pelvic mesh lawyer Steve Barnes said. “This causes strains on a person’s body, on their relationships, and in some cases, it has resulted in correctional surgeries, which can be very costly.”

In a statement, Johnson & Johnson claimed that its pelvic mesh has helped millions of women around the world, and that the majority of these surgeries were successful without major side-effects.

However, the mesh-maker has voluntarily pulled several devices off the market, and in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration reclassified all pelvic mesh implants as “high risk” devices, subjecting them to further regulations and testing. However, one of the devices have been recalled.

Despite the “high risk” designation, pelvic mesh attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say these devices continue to be used in hospitals around the country. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of pelvic or vaginal mesh implants, it’s not too late to file a claim.

Recently, another medical device maker agreed to pay more than $800 million to settle the thousands of personal injury lawsuits stemming from injuries incurred as a result of its vaginal mesh implants.

If you believe these products have had a negative impact on your life, or relationships with your family members, contact a pelvic mesh lawyer at Cellino & Barnes for a FREE case evaluation.

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4th of July Travel Advisory

/ Car Accident /

4th of July Travel AdvisoryOAKLAND, Calif. – Expect lengthy delays on highways around the nation for the Fourth of July weekend, which is expected to last from Thursday, June 29th through Tuesday, July 4th.

In Northern California, Bay Area bridges could present some of the longest delays, even during off hours. An Oakland car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says more than 44 million Americans are expected to travel this weekend, making roads and highways congested – and dangerous.

“This is forecasted to be the most traveled Independence Day holiday ever, and it’s already one of the most dangerous weekends to be on the road in Oakland,” car accident lawyer Landon Vivian said. “Whenever there’s an increase in traffic, accidents tend to rise too – but this holiday weekend poses many other hazards, including distracted drivers and drivers under the influence.”

The National Safety Council estimates nearly 600 people will be killed in traffic collisions over the Fourth of July holiday period, and nearly 70,000 others will be injured in crashes.

It’s the highest estimate the Council has issued since 2006.

What’s worse is that a new report has found that preventable deaths, such as car accidents, have reached an all-time high.

“This four-day weekend poses many dangers – not only behind the wheel, but at home too,” Vivian said. “From grilling accidents to malfunctioning fireworks, there are many ways to end up in the hospital with costly medical bills.”

The Oakland car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes and safety advocates around the country are urging travelers to use extreme caution this weekend. Aside from the obvious safety tips (don’t drink and drive, wear a seat belt, leave fireworks to a professional), an Oakland personal injury lawyer says the following tips could help you and your family avoid serious injury this weekend:

  • Slow down. Speed is a common factor in holiday weekend crashes. Slowing down gives you more time to react to a possible hazard.
  • Get some rest! Four day weekends should be a time to rest-up, but too many Americans stay out late and drain themselves before a long trip home – BAD IDEA!
  • Check for vehicle recalls. Things can take a turn for the worst if just one part malfunctions. Aside from air bag recalls, several models have open recalls for faulty brakes, head rests and more.
  • Do NOT allow teens to drive with their friends. Adding just one more teen to the passenger list increases a teen driver’s crash risk by nearly 50%
  • Use a new grill brush. Every summer, dozens of people are hospitalized for ingesting metal grill bristles that fall off old grill brushes.
  • PLAN. Perhaps the most important tip, planning can keep your family on schedule, allowing you time to focus on their health and safety

The Oakland car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes focus on helping accident victims get the best results possible from an injury claim. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident over the Fourth of July weekend, know you aren’t alone – and there are ways to get help.

Call one of our Oakland personal injury lawyers today for a FREE consultation, and learn how we can help you and your family recover from your unique accident.

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NYC Passengers Hurt in Manhattan Train Derailment

/ Train Accidents /

NEW YORK – A pair of subway trains derailed Tuesday morning in Manhattan. It is the latest incident that has affected New York commuters this year.

Authorities said a southbound train scraped against the tunnel wall shortly before 10 a.m., causing the two cars to shift off the tracks in Harlem. According to CBS New York, at least seven passengers suffered injuries.

An MTA spokesperson downplayed the injuries as ‘minor,’ but similar incidents have resulted in long lasting pain and frustration for passengers.

An experienced train accident lawyer said a legal investigation could help many passengers recover costs to help pay for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical care
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • And other associated costs

In many cases, passengers may not experience pain associated with an injury for days – even weeks following a New York City train derailment. Attorneys say the collisions and sudden jolts can often cause injuries to the head, neck and spine.

One passenger told CBS2 that the accident felt like “a runaway roller coaster — like a bucking horse.”

“I don’t want to get back on the train – for a long time,” Michelle Ayoub told CBS reporter Emily Smith.

Another passenger added that the derailment was the “worst experience of my whole life.”

It is unclear how fast the train was going, or what caused it to scrape against the side of the tunnel, but these are facts that could be answered with an extensive legal investigation.

A New York train accident lawyer says there are often a variety of factors that lead to a derailment, and every possible piece of evidence should be examined to help injured passengers recover the best results possible.

  • Pieces of evidence attorneys will be looking at include:
  • Potential flaws in the track
  • Structural faults with the tunnel
  • Operator error
  • Mechanical malfunctions on the train
  • History of accidents along this line
  • Maintenance records
  • Engineer experience and qualifications
  • Eye-witness statements, and photo/video evidence

New York train derailment attorneys say when an injured passenger files a claim, it can also place pressure on the railroad companies to make structural or mechanical changes that can improve the safety of future passengers.

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Car Accident Wasn’t My Fault! What Should I Do!?

/ Car Accident /

Car Accident Wasn’t My Fault! What Should I Do!?LOS ANGELES – There are over 16,000 car accidents every day, involving roughly 30,000 people. Many of these crashes are caused by distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and reckless drivers, but most multi-vehicle crashes have a victim.

That leaves thousands of people asking this question every day: the car accident wasn’t my fault, so what do I do?

IF YOU’RE INJURED

A Los Angeles car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says thousands of people are injured by negligent drivers each day, and there are several steps to follow.

“First, you’ll want to make sure everyone is okay – if you’re injured, it’s important to get medical help as soon as possible in Los Angeles,” car accident attorney John Sheehan said. “Once you receive medical attention, it’s important to start thinking about the next steps.”

In many cases, car accident victims may not even know they’re injured until they start noticing pain days, or even weeks later. In any case, the medical bills and the costs associated with these injuries can add-up. That’s why Los Angeles car accident lawyers say the next steps are crucial.

“At Cellino & Barnes, we’ll go over your case with you for free,” Sheehan said. “It’s a service we provide to help you make the most informed decision possible.”

Many insurance companies are fast to offer car accident victims a new vehicle, or partial compensation for medical bills. But signing a fast agreement with the insurance company may not be the wisest choice.

Insurance experts estimate they’ll be paying car accident victims four times more the moment a person hires a personal injury attorney.

“It’s no secret: the insurance company wants you to sign an agreement as soon as possible, because it could save them a lot of money,” Sheehan said. “If you have one of our Los Angeles car accident attorneys on your side, they’re going to fight for every dollar you deserve.”

Your attorney will fully investigate your accident and make sure all the paperwork you need is filed in a timely manner. The Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes are also prepared to take your case to trial, if necessary. This preparation puts pressure on the insurance companies, and that pressure could help you get the best result possible.

IF YOU’RE UNINJURED

The process is similar if you’re uninjured. But in this case, your vehicle has taken the brunt of the damage (luckily it wasn’t your body).

Step 1: Check to make sure no one else is injured.

Step 2: Contact police. A police report can be an important piece of evidence.

Step 3: Gather evidence independently.

Evidence comes in many forms – from written statements to photos, the more information you have, the more prepared you’ll be.

Exchange insurance information with all other drivers involved. This information should include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Driver’s license number
  • License plate number
  • Owner of the vehicle
  • Insurance company

Aside from talking to other drivers, there may have been witnesses to the accident. These witnesses can be just as important. Make sure you’re writing down statements and taking names and numbers for accuracy.

Cellino & Barnes has a FREE downloadable and fillable form you can keep in your glovebox, in case an accident happens. Find it (and download it) here: http://www.cellinoandbarnes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Auto_Accident_Form-11915.pdf

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33 Injured in NJ Bus Accident

/ News /

NEW YORK – Dozens were injured on the New Jersey Turnpike in the overnight hours when a tractor-trailer and a tour bus collided near West Deptford, New Jersey.

Officials told ABC 6 News in Philadelphia that the crash happened at 12:30 a.m. Friday morning in the southbound lanes. Destined for Atlanta, there were 50 people on the Panda Tour Bus that departed from New York. Current reports estimate that over 30 of those passengers were injured, and taken to area hospitals.

It is unclear what caused the crash, but many riders told reporters about their experience, including Dwight Baylor of Brooklyn and Lucy Mongy of Harlem.

“The bus started flipping, then flipped over,” Dwight Baylor told reporters with ABC 6. “I fell on my back, and they were trying to help me up.”

Lucy Mongy said she heard several ‘booms’ before the bus rolled over.

“I felt like it was correcting direction,” Lucy Mongy said. “And then I heard another boom, and then we started tipping.”

An accident investigation should determine what caused the crash, but a New York bus accident attorney says there are many other factors that need to be evaluated, including:

Driver records for both the bus driver and the truck driver.

An analysis of the vehicles involved. Sometimes faulty brakes, poorly inspected tires or other defects can be factors in crashes like this.

Poor road conditions or unsafe infrastructure can also contribute to an accident.

Expert medical analysis are also important records that can help those who were injured in the crash obtain fair compensation.

An experienced New York bus accident lawyer can immediately start a legal investigation to cover these possible factors, and more. A complete analysis of the vehicles involved, driver records, road conditions, and expert statements can be extremely useful for passengers seeking compensation after a New Jersey bus crash.

In other New Jersey bus accidents, families have been able to recover compensation that can help pay for expenses like:

  • Hospital bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Extended care
  • Future treatments
  • And more

Many victims of a New Jersey bus crash can also have unanswered questions. Although not every question has a clear-cut answer, an intensive legal investigation can help get answers to many of the unknowns:

  • Did the truck pass safety inspections?
  • Was there anything wrong with the bus?
  • Were the drivers well trained?
  • Were headlights functioning properly?
  • Did the truck or bus pass safety inspections?

Recent studies have found that fatigue can play a major role in many truck and bus accidents. New York bus accident attorneys say this possible factor should be considered due to the timing and location of Friday’s accident.

New York bus accident lawyers will not only help injured passengers and their families obtain compensation – they can also analyze the crash and uncover ways that future accidents can be minimized or prevented.

The Most Common Nursing Home Injury Is…

/ Nursing Home /

The Most Common Nursing Home Injury Is...BUFFALO, N.Y. – A new study has uncovered shocking data on nursing home care: premature deaths have spiked by over 400-percent in recent years, and nearly all of these accidents are preventable.

According to the research, conducted by Monash University, more than 80-percent of the deaths were from slips and falls. A common cause of injury in U.S. care facilities, a nursing home injury lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the accidents are often preventable with the proper tools, staff and training.

“We’ve all heard terrible stories about how some nursing homes are poorly managed, understaffed and sometimes unsanitary,” nursing home injury attorney Steve Barnes said. “The facilities with good ratings often have compassionate staff members and infrastructure that can improve a family member’s quality of life; but not all facilities are the same – and some have a history of accidents.”

Not only are accidents common in some nursing homes, violence is rampant. Monash researchers found that 1 in 18 of the recorded preventable deaths listed ‘assault’ or ‘suicide’ as a contributing factor.

The lead author also pointed out that the numbers are likely underestimated, since nursing homes often misclassify residents’ deaths as “natural causes.”

“If a family member suspects a nursing home is abusive or negligent, it needs to be taken seriously and investigated,” Barnes said. “Our attorneys are trained and experienced with cases of nursing home neglect, and an extensive legal investigation could uncover problems others might have missed or looked over.”

While falls are the most common nursing home injury, there are many other accidents that can cause severe harm or death. From assault to providing the wrong medication, almost all accidents are preventable.

Nursing homes have a duty to provide a safe environment for its residents, and most have excellent safety records. However, the quality of care can be shockingly different from one facility to another.

“When admitting a family member to a long-term care facility, you want to make sure you’re doing your research and making the right choice for them,” Barnes said. “That can be tough task when the information you need isn’t easily accessible, or it’s outdated. That’s why we created the Parent Care app – to help families with the difficult task of finding the right nursing home.”

Cellino & Barnes developed the Parent Care app, which can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or on Google Play, to help families research and compare nearby nursing homes. The app collects real-time data, and analyzes each facility for key safety factors.

The firm also assists families who have suffered an injury or loss due to nursing home negligence. With offices in California and New York, the nursing home injury lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have handled cases in all 50 states, and they’ve helped their clients recover over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts.

If you believe a family member could be the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, call the nursing home attorneys at Cellino & Barnes for a FREE case evaluation.

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Congress Aims to Improve Safety of Personal Care Products

/ Dangerous Drugs /

Congress Aims to Improve Safety of Personal Care ProductsNEW YORK – A new bipartisan measure aims to create uniform safety regulations and protect the health of all Americans who use personal care products.

Introduced by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), The Personal Care Products Safety Act is a bipartisan bill that would set rules and guidelines for pharmaceutical companies and other industries creating personal care items such as baby powder, lotions and hair products.

Market experts now estimate that the industry collects over $60 billion in revenue, but a New York talcum powder attorney at Cellino & Barnes says federal rules haven’t been updated since before World War II.

According to New York talcum powder attorneys, there are questions surrounding many personal care products and the ingredients they contain. Over the last 80 years, there have been few official studies on these ingredients, and testing is rare.

Under the new bill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be required to evaluate at least five ingredients per year to determine whether they are safe, and how these ingredients can be used appropriately.

The bill also outlines a process in which consumers are warned about dangerous ingredients, if federal researchers find evidence of negative health impacts.

Sens. Feinstein and Collins hope to pass their bill this year, as it could provide important information and resources to both consumers and companies.

TALC

Recently, several Johnson & Johnson products containing talc have been linked to ovarian cancer. Independent studies on this connection have been conducted with mixed results, but several women who filed complaints have won large jury verdicts.

Earlier this month, J&J was ordered to pay $110 million to a woman currently receiving chemotherapy after her ovarian cancer migrated to other organs.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you suspect talc may have played a role in its development, a New York talcum powder lawyer at Cellino & Barnes could help. Our attorneys are former physicians and legal advocates with years of experience handling cases involving medicines, dangerous products and more.

Call the New York talcum powder lawyers today for a FREE case evaluation.

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

/ Car Accident /

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.

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