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Seneca County Truck Crash Investigated

/ Truck Accident /

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A tragic Seneca County truck crash is under investigation after one person was killed and two others were hospitalized.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said the truck accident happened on West River Road near Knauss Road. According to NYup.com, a 1994 GMC big rig was pulling out of a bean field onto West River Road, causing a 2009 Dodge Caliber to crash into it.

Floyd Jones, 87, Catherine Olmstead, 55, and Samuel Santiago, 33, were in the Dodge as the crash occurred, NYup.com reported.

The driver, Floyd Jones, and backseat passenger, Samuel Santiago, were both taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester to be treated for their injuries. Tragically, Catherine Olmstead was killed on impact.

Floyd Jones, Catherine Olmstead and Samuel Santiago all resided in Seneca Falls.

A Rochester truck accident lawyer said there are many factors that need to be analyzed in every truck crash and a legal investigation should be conducted to make sure every piece of evidence is collected.

  • This evidence can include:
  • Truck maintenance records
  • Driving records/accident records
  • Possible dashcam video or recording devices from the truck
  • Driver’s cell phone records
  • Truck driver rest logs (fatigue)

In addition to investigating the truck driver and truck maintenance, an intensive legal investigation will also look into the potential dangers of West River Road itself. There are many factors that could warn drivers of potential hazards on the road, including trucks entering the highway. An experienced truck crash lawyer knows how valuable this evidence can be, including:

  • Warning signs (trucks entering highway)
  • Proper lighting
  • Road striping
  • Potential need for traffic signals/stop signs

Victims of truck crashes can often receive significant compensation for their injuries but when a person is killed by a negligent truck driver, their families often need knowledgeable and persistent representation to help them get the best result possible.

November 6th Will Be Significant

/ Car Accident /

November 6th Will Be SignificantBUFFALO, N.Y. – A major change goes into effect on November 6th that will impact almost every American: Daylight Savings Time ends.

Overnight, clocks will turn back an hour. It’s the only day in the year in which 1 a.m. happens twice. Few people will likely wake up at exactly 2:00 a.m. to turn the clocks back but almost everyone will feel the effects of it.

You might get an extra hour of sleep but the small time change can affect the way your body operates, new research has found. Much of the concern surrounds the start of Daylight Savings Time, which happens in March, but a Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says there’s evidence to suggest that ‘falling back’ an hour also has negative consequences.

“Every fall, we see a slight spike in the number of crashes in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “These crashes usually occur at night – when drivers are used to having more daylight while on the roads.”

A telematics-based car insurer, Insure the Box, found that car crashes in November actually spike 30 percent between 5pm and 8pm when compared to the same times in October. Overall, researchers said drivers face a 10 percent increase in risk following the fall clock change.

This is some of the first data released on accidents associated with the end of Daylight Savings Time. After analyzing 3 years of crash statistics, researchers concluded that “there is no doubt” accidents happen as a direct result of the clocks going back an hour.

Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say drivers should be aware of their fatigue and road conditions following the time change.

“You may get an extra hour of sleep but research has found that your body can take days to adjust,” Barnes said. “Some people aren’t used to driving in dark conditions and although the clock only says it’s 8pm, your body might react differently because it’s on a different schedule.”

Researchers found the darker roadways play a major factor in the increased number of car accidents. Statistics have shown that nearly half of all car crashes occur at night time, despite drastically-reduced volumes in traffic.

Falling back an hour poses a particular danger: more traffic in darker hours.

“The evening rush hour can still have the same number of vehicles on the highways; the biggest difference is the amount of daylight,” Barnes said.

As proud supporters of the Western New York community, Cellino & Barnes urges all drivers to follow these tips to reduce your risk on the roads after the clocks turn back on Nov. 6th:

  • Turn on your headlights. Some drivers may not be used to this habit but it can increase your visibility and reduce the risk of a crash.
  • Know where you’re going. A significant number of crashes are caused by drivers who don’t know what turns to take. As the evenings get darker, those daily turns can be hidden.
  • Slow down. Speeding is a factor in roughly 30 percent of all car crashes. When visibility is reduced, speeding can be downright deadly. Drive at a speed that is safe enough to see sudden hazards, like animals, in front of you.
  • Take a break. Driving in the dark can naturally make us tired. When a driver is tired, their reaction time, concentration and alertness can all take a dip. Particularly on long drives, take a break – and take them often.

Stryker Recalls Hip Implants

/ Defective Products /

Stryker Recalls Hip ImplantsNEW YORK – Stryker Orthopedics has issued a new recall on its LFIT V40 hip systems after several patients reported serious health risks caused by the implant’s faulty design.

Made of the metals cobalt and chromium, the femoral head hip implant has been reported to corrode, causing the head to separate from the rest of the implant. If the corrosion is not addressed, the metal head can break-off from the rest of the implant.

A Stryker hip implant lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says patients may require immediate revision surgery as a result of the recall.

“The corrosion of these hip implant devices can cause a person to fall or suffer serious injuries,” a Stryker hip implant lawyer said. “In some cases, the cobalt and chromium heads can release dangerous metal particles into a person’s body and potentially cause metal poisoning.”

The metal poisoning, known as metallosis, must be immediately addressed. Surgeons have been advised to administer revision surgeries to remove the hip implant and its toxic metals. According to Stryker, the faulty device can also cause other injuries:

  • Inflammation
  • Adverse tissue reaction
  • Broken bones around the implant
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Loss of mobility
  • Joint instability
  • Pain
  • Dislocation

This is not the first time Stryker has issued a recall on its products.

In 2012, Stryker’s Rejuvenate and AGB implants showed a high risk of failure and as a result, thousands of patients either suffered injuries or required a risky revision surgery. Stryker later settled these claims for $1.4 billion.

If you have a Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head implant, you likely received a recall notice in the mail or other notification from your doctor. If you haven’t received a notification regarding your hip surgery but suspect you have a defective hip implant, the experienced trial attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can help you get the information you need.

Our team has prosecuted the manufacturers of many faulty implants and devices, including the companies that make defective hip implants. Our investigators can aggressively prosecute these companies to help you and your family get the best result possible.

Contact a Stryker hip implant lawyer at Cellino & Barnes today for a free case evaluation.

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The Most Dangerous Driver

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The Most Dangerous DriverGARDEN CITY, N.Y. – As National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 16-22) comes to a close, a new report claims much progress has been made in reducing the number of teen driver-involved crashes over the last 10 years.

In fact, between 2005 and 2014, there was 56% decline in the number of fatal crashes involving the youngest drivers on the road. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association’s newest statistical analysis, the drop is attributed to the Graduated Driver Licensing system that is now in place in all 50 states.

Although the numbers have improved, the GHSA reports teens are still 1.6 times more likely to get in a crash than adults. Even worse, fatal crashes spiked 10 percent last year when a teenager was at the wheel of one of the vehicles.

A Long Island car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes said the data shows that teens need more guidance before taking the wheel.

“When we investigate a crash involving a teen driver, distractions and speed are the most common factors in Long Island,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “Learning to drive doesn’t happen overnight and it’s important to teach our young drivers why distractions and high speeds are so dangerous – and how to avoid them.”

The three-stage Graduated Driver Licensing system has been proven to reduce a teen’s crash risk by up to 30 percent but, in almost every state, drivers over 18 aren’t required to partake in the program. The GHSA says one in three teens don’t have their license by 18. That means that once they obtain a driver’s license, they aren’t necessarily safer drivers by age alone.

The GHSA’s report calls for an expansion of GDL to include all drivers under 21 years of age.

Long Island car accident attorneys say there are other techniques that can help teen drivers be safe on the road – but too many parents are taking a “hands-off” approach when it comes to their child’s learning-to-drive process.

“Many driving instructors have said that parents aren’t doing enough to prepare their children to take the wheel,” Cellino said. “In some cases, parents can even be bad influences on their children since texting and driving is actually more prevalent among adults than it is with teens.”

Around 79 percent of adult drivers admitted to talking on a cell phone or texting while driving – a habit almost everyone knows is unsafe, and in most cases, illegal.

Recent polls suggest teens often mimic their parents’ driving habits, even if the habits are considered “bad” or “unsafe.” Safety advocates agree that parents can play a major role in improving safety for teens that have less than four years of driving experience.

However, experience remains the quality teen drivers lack most and as a result, they are more likely to cause a crash.

With multiple offices across New York, a Long Island car accident attorney can help crash victims get the best results possible. If you or your teenager has been injured in a car crash, our experienced attorneys will conduct a complete and thorough investigation to help maximize your compensation. Call or contact us today for a free consultation.

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Bicyclist Struck By Truck in Brooklyn

/ News, Truck Accident /

indeBicyclist Struck By Truck in BrooklynNEW YORK – A tractor-trailer cruising through downtown Brooklyn mowed over a bicyclist Tuesday morning.

Brian Ricci, 35, of Boerum Hill was the bicyclist struck. According to the Daily News report, Brian Ricci suffered severe head trauma and was rushed to New York Methodist Hospital in critical condition.

The New York Daily News reports the truck, which is owned by Mountain Man Sand & Gravel in Huntingon, L.I., was making a right-hand turn onto Tillary Street from Jay Street when the crash occurred.

Ricci wasn’t the first person to get hurt at this dangerous intersection.

According to city crash data, three other bicyclists have suffered injuries in crashes at the corner of Tillary Street and Jay Street.

A Brooklyn truck accident lawyer says truck drivers have a responsibility to operate their tractor-trailers safely but there are many more factors that should be examined – including safety concerns with the roadway itself.

A thorough legal investigation will into a driver’s record and rest log. The number of hours truck drivers can be on the road has a limit – and for good reason: every year, thousands of people are injured in truck crashes that can be linked to driver fatigue.

In addition to driving records, an intensive legal investigation will look at other factors that could help a victim and their family get the best result possible from their claim. These factors could include:

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

Several other cyclists have been injured in crashes near Jay Street and Tillary Street. A successful claim could spur changes to improve safety for other cyclists in the downtown Brooklyn area.

Since Brian Ricci’s accident, the New York community has come together to support him and his family; including his husband Frank and their son, Rocco. Family and friends set-up a fundraiser to help Frank and Brian Ricci afford the expenses associated with such a tragic crash.

A Brooklyn truck accident lawyer says there are many expenses associated with a truck or bike crash. Since the injuries are often severe, medical costs can pile-up. On top of the hospital bills, families still have to cover their day-to-day expenses, lost income, child care, pet care, additional transportation, and temporary lodging.

These costs can add-up quickly. However, an experienced Brooklyn truck accident lawyer can help families cover these expenses in addition to getting compensation for a victim’s pain and suffering.

Although neighbors and witnesses were quick to blame the incident on “rampant development” in downtown Brooklyn, police told Daily News reporters that the crash involving Brian Ricci is still under investigation.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, contact a Cellino & Barnes Brooklyn injury attorney at (800) 888-8888.

Staten Island: Most Dangerous Intersections

/ Car Accident /

Staten Island: Most Dangerous IntersectionsNEW YORK – If you’ve ever driven on Hylan Boulevard, you know just how dangerous Staten Island’s traffic can be. In fact, many of the most dangerous accidents occur along this risky stretch of roadway.

There were more than 560 car crashes at Staten Island intersections during the month of August alone, according to NYPD car crash statistics. More than 130 people were injured in these August crashes and many safety advocates say they could be prevented with better street infrastructure.

A New York car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says there’s a higher vehicle ownership on Staten Island, which can make the major roadways more dangerous – but the infrastructure design can also be a dangerous factor.

“Many roads on Staten Island were designed for higher speed limits and it may not be meshing with today’s variety of transportation in New York,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “We now see more people walking to the bus stop, biking to work and more distractions on the road which can make higher speed limits very dangerous.”

Of the 130 people injured in August car crashes, nearly 20-percent were pedestrians or bicyclists.

Since 2014, the intersections along Hylan Boulevard appear to have become more dangerous. The 14-mile long roadway that stretches across the borough recorded 12 traffic deaths over the two-year period. Nine of those fatalities occurred in just the last 12 months safety advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives, writes.

New York car accident lawyers say commercial traffic has also played a major role in making Hylan Boulevard a risky road for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Busy roads can have high amounts of commercial traffic and many of those drivers don’t know the area, its speed limits or its intersections as well as residents do,” Cellino said. “When we investigate a crash, we look at every aspect – from the driver’s record to vehicle maintenance to road maintenance and safety issues – and when we see heavy commercial traffic and foot traffic coupled with high speeds, it can often be disastrous.”

A recent analysis of Staten Island intersections found that six out of the ten most dangerous street corners crossed Hylan Boulevard. Transportation Alternatives reports there have been over 180 injuries or fatalities along Hylan Boulevard over the last four years.

Here’s the list of the top 10 most dangerous intersections on Staten Island:

10) Rockland Avenue and Manor Road; 21 injury/fatality crashes

9) Hylan Boulevard and Old Town Road: 22 injury/fatality crashes

8) Hylan Boulevard and Guyon Avenue: 22 injury/fatality crashes

7) Clove Road and Victory Boulevard: 23 injury/fatality crashes

6) Arthur Kill Road and Drumgoole Road West: 28 injury/fatality crashes

5) Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Avenue: 28 injury/fatality crashes

4) Father Capodanno Boulevard and Sand Lane: 29 injury/fatality crashes

3) Hylan Boulevard and Nelson Avenue: 29 injury/fatality crashes

2) Hylan Boulevard and New Dorp Lane: 37 injury/fatality crashes

1) Hylan Boulevard and Allison/Ebbitts St: 43 injury/fatality crashes

School Bus Runs Over Bronx Woman

/ Bus Accidents /

School BusNEW YORK – A woman walking in a crosswalk on Sedgwick Ave. near West Fordham Road was run over by a school bus on Friday in University Heights.

Carmen Puello, 43, of the Bronx was struck just a block from her home, the New York Daily News reported.

According to reporters at NBC 4, witnesses told police that the school bus was in the center lane on West Fordham Road when it made a right-hand turn onto Sedgwick Avenue, striking Carmen Puello as the driver made the turn.

The 47-year-old bus driver remained on scene while an ambulance transported Carmen Puello to St. Barnabas Hospital. Unfortunately, Puello did not survive.

Over the last decade, more than 1,200 people have been struck and killed by school buses and many more have suffered severe injuries.

According to statistics assembled by a Bronx bus accident lawyer, most of those injuries and fatalities have affected pedestrians who were outside the bus. Most often, the pedestrians have been small children or parents.

Many victims and their families also seek legal assistance after a bus crash in the Bronx and a claim can help families, survivors and beneficiaries get compensation for their loss. This compensation can cover the following aspects:

  • Sorrow, loss of companionship
  • Loss of income, financial support from the victim
  • Loss of services, protection or care
  • Expenses for care, treatment and hospitalization of the victim who passed

An attorney will gather all the evidence a victim’s family needs to not only get closure – but to get the best result possible from their claim. This evidence is not just limited to the incident report supplied by police.

According to a Bronx bus accident attorney, a legal investigation into the incident is vital. A lawyer will not only look at bus operator negligence; a qualified personal injury attorney will explore other factors that may have led or contributed to the crash, including:

  • Bus maintenance records
  • Bus driver records
  • Surveillance video on board the bus
  • Traffic cameras on the street
  • Eye-witness statements, recordings and other media
  • Records of mechanical flaws on the bus itself, including brakes and tire treads
  • Examination of bus blind-spots and windows
  • Road factors, including crosswalk markings and street lighting

In almost all cases, a fatal bus accident can be prevented. That’s why a Bronx bus accident lawyer should investigate all aspects of the crash to help their clients maximize their compensation. Many personal injury claims have also spurred meaningful changes to help prevent future incidents and improve the safety for millions of New Yorkers.

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The Real Cost of Construction Injuries

/ Construction Accidents /

The Real Cost of Construction InjuriesNEW YORK – If you’ve ever been injured on the job, you’re not alone. Every year, around 3 million workers suffer injuries or illnesses while on the clock and the costs associated with those injuries can be staggering.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, injuries occurred at a rate of 3.2 cases per 100 full-time workers. These accidents racked-up to around $1 billion in associated costs… per week.

That’s over $50 billion each year that employers spend on injured workers. A Brooklyn construction accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says that amount is astounding when compared to the amount employers spend on preventing accidents.

“There are a number of construction sites that have been flagged for safety violations – and that’s just in Brooklyn,” construction accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Many job sites are downright dangerous but workers are told to punch-in every day despite the risks, which can be minimized but some employers refuse to put safety first.”

A recent U.C. Davis study found that when indirect costs such as loss of productivity, overtime paid to other workers and lower worker morale were factored-in, it brought the price tag associated with construction injuries to nearly $250 billion per year.

The hidden costs could be even more severe to the injured worker.

Brooklyn construction accident lawyers say workers often suffer the most when they’re injured on the job.

“Many workers are quite literally risking their lives; and when they do suffer an injury, they still have their monthly bills to pay – on top of the medical bills and lost time at work,” Barnes said. “It’s our job to help construction workers get what’s fair and improve jobsite safety for others.”

Workers want to feel safe. But many construction employers have assumed that injuries are part of the job – and their insurers are prepared to pay as little as possible.

However, many industry researchers agree: improved safety is the best option for everyone.

Studies of workplace safety programs from around the nation have shown a better return on investment (and a better safety track record). Unfortunately, those safety programs are often turned away and as a result, more workers could suffer severe injuries or even death.

The Brooklyn construction accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have been fighting for injured workers for over 50 years. Although some workers opt to handle a claim themselves, Cellino & Barnes have helped many construction accident victims get the best results possible.

If you’ve been injured in a Brooklyn construction accident, call the attorneys at Cellino & Barnes for a free consultation.

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Teens’ Worst Driving Habits to Watch For

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Teens’ Worst Driving Habits to Watch ForROCHESTER, N.Y. – Teens are not only the youngest drivers on the road: they’re also some of the most dangerous and new government data has revealed the number of deadly car crashes involving a teen driver spiked last year.

Since 2010, teens have been involved in around 14,000 deadly car crashes and according to a new AAA study, speeding was the main factor in a large portion of those crashes.

A Rochester car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says speeding is considered one of the top three mistakes teens make when they’re learning to drive.

“Teens are 1.5 times more likely to cause a wreck in Rochester,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “Every time we look at a crash involving a teen, inexperience, distractions or speeding are often factors.”

Driving instructors from across the country noted that a teen’s inexperience behind the wheel can lead to poor visual scanning or ‘tunnel vision.’ A spokesperson with AAA said it’s important for parents to understand these common mistakes and help teenage drivers learn how to drive safely.

Unfortunately, over 60 percent of the driving instructors polled said parents today aren’t doing enough to prepare their children to drive compared to parents ten years ago. In many cases, parents can even be a bad example on their children.

Recent polls have suggested that nearly 80 percent of adult drivers between the ages of 35 and 55 have admitted to talking on a cell phone while driving.

Only 67 percent of teens made the same confession.

“Parents know they’re not being the best role model for their children if they’re driving distracted,” Cellino said. “Anyone who has picked up the keys knows just how dangerous handheld devices can be in the car and from a legal stand point, we look for possible distractions in every car crash we investigate because it can sometimes be the difference in a case.”

AAA noted that parents play a pivotal role in keeping the roads safe from dangerous teen drivers because most children learn from watching and mimicking driving behaviors – the good and the bad.

Research has also shown that parents with strict guidelines reported fewer accidents than the ‘cool’ parents with few or no driving rules for their teenage children. Road experts at AAA said parents need to take a more active role in their teen’s learning-to-drive process and they can do so by:

  • Practicing with a teen driver in different road conditions
  • Adopt and enforce a driving agreement that sets rules
  • Talk. Have regular conversations about road dangers, including distractions and speeding

The Rochester car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes are also urging parents to lead by example. Distractions are now a factor in more than half of all car crashes and it’s estimated that thousands of accidents could be prevented if drivers, both young and old, put the phone down.

Cellino & Barnes is a proud supporter of road safety in Western and Central New York and a strong advocate for victims of car crashes and other personal injury accidents.

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Smartband Could Predict a Construction Accident

/ Construction Accidents /

Smartband Could Predict a Construction AccidentBUFFALO, N.Y. – We all would like to be able to predict the future. If we could predict construction accidents, we could have fewer of them; but that’s not the reality we live and work in. So far, no one has been able to see into the future but technology could help.

Thousands of workers are injured every year after accidents in mining, construction, trucking, manufacturing, and other industries. Many of those accidents can be linked to worker fatigue.

In an effort to monitor fatigue and improve safety across many industries, Caterpillar Safety Services created a ‘smartband’ that assesses a worker’s risk at any given moment.

Much like the popular Fitbit, the smartband uses sensors and other data to determine when a worker is suffering from a lack of sleep or fatigue. Cat has already been using the devices at mining sites for two years but Buffalo construction accident lawyers say almost every industry could use technology to improve safety records.

“Almost every time a worker is injured, it’s a preventable injury in Buffalo,” construction accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “There are many safety devices that could help reduce injuries on a jobsite but many employers don’t offer these items because they’re not required to and, in many cases, technology costs money.”

At any time, an employee can push a button on the smartband to view their measured fatigue. If their fatigue score reaches near 70%, the worker could be considered fatigue-impaired and they run a higher risk of an accident.

Studies have shown that technology like the wearable smartband can at least make workers – and employers – aware of fatigue on a construction site. In some cases, workers discovered they had underlying health conditions, such as sleep apnea.

Studies involving fatigue-monitoring equipment have also examined shift work.

“Different shifts can affect different workers in different ways but without the right information, bringing fatigue to your employer’s attention can be a difficult subject,” Barnes said. “Safety technology could give workers that data they need to bring up their concerns and hopefully, prevent accidents from happening in the first place.”

Buffalo construction accident lawyers said safety should always be the top priority in a work zone but many times, workers are asked to put in loads of overtime or they aren’t provided with enough training – both of which increase their risk of an accident.

When an employer’s negligence or lack of oversight causes an accident on a jobsite, workers could be entitled to significant compensation. The Buffalo construction accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have years of experience handling these cases and they could help an injured worker get the best result possible.

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