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What To Do If You’re Hit By A Tractor Trailer

/ Motor Vehicle Crashes, Truck Accident, Uncategorized /

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Big truck accidents are on the rise. Since 2009, deadly truck crashes have increased nearly 30-percent, and thousands of innocent drivers and passengers are injured or killed by these large trucks each year.

No one ever wants to think about what to do if you’re hit by a tractor trailer, but many heartbroken families have asked us this question after a loved one was hurt, often seriously, in a truck crash.

If you or a family member has been in an accident with an 18-wheeler, the New York truck accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes recommend taking the following four actions:

What To Do If You’re Hit By A Tractor Trailer

  1. Get Medical Attention. In any type of crash, your health and well-being are paramount. If anyone else was injured, get them medical attention as soon as possible. Studies have found that immediate medical attention can save lives and reduce the long-term severity of an injury.
  2. Take Pictures & Find Witnesses. If you did not require medical attention, immediately start taking pictures and getting information from witnesses and other drivers/passengers involved in the wreck. If you’re physically unable to gather this information, call a family member or friend to do this for you. It will also be helpful to take photos of your original injuries.
  3. Gather Information. Aside from obtaining the other drivers’ insurance information and a police report from the responding law enforcement agency, there are several other questions you’ll want answered after a truck accident that could be useful later on:
    1. What company does the truck driver work for?
    2. What cargo was the truck carrying (if any)?
    3. Where was the truck going?
    4. How many hours has the truck driver been on the road today? How many total hours this week?
  4. Call A Truck Accident Attorney. Even before calling your insurance company, contact an experienced New York truck accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes. The insurance companies may try to settle with you, even before a claim is filed – and it’s usually much less than what your claim will be worth. Our legal team is in your corner, and we’ll make sure you get the best result possible from an injury claim.

Insurance companies know that they can save money by offering you less compensation. They also know that when a victim is represented by an experienced truck accident lawyer, the value of the case goes up, 4x on average.

Getting into a truck accident is stressful enough – don’t let the insurance companies add to your stress. Call an experienced New York truck accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes, and let us fight the insurance company for you.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

 

How Likely Are You To Have A Car Accident? (Study)

/ Car Accident /

NEW YORK – How likely are you to have a car accident? It’s a tough to answer, but if your name is “Sarah” or “David,” you may be more likely than others. Are you in your early 30s? If you answered ‘yes,’ be careful – because you may be more likely to get into a car accident, according to a new British study of common trends.

Researchers analyzed 25,000 incident reports to find out what makes a driver more or less likely to be involved in an accident. Among its findings, those who drive Ford cars were most accident-prone, accounting for 16% of all crashes.

Drivers who are 30-years-old were most likely to cause an accident, and those who are 32-years-old were most commonly on the receiving end of an accident.

New York car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say most people will unfortunately experience a car accident at some point in their lives, no matter how safe or cautious of a driver they are. Although this study’s method is unproven (there could simply just be more Sarahs and Davids out there), a New York car accident lawyer says it shows there’s still progress to be made and every driver should be cautious, defensive and safe when they’re behind the wheel.

How Likely Are You To Have A Car Accident?

The Top Five Women Most Likely To Be In An Accident:

  1. Sarah
  2. Emma
  3. Susan
  4. Rebecca
  5. Lisa

The Top Five Men Most Likely To Be In An Accident:

  1. David
  2. John
  3. Paul
  4. Michael
  5. James

The Top Five Cars Most Likely To Cause An Accident:

  1. Ford – Fiesta
  2. Mercedes Benz – Sprinter
  3. Ford – Focus
  4. Ford – KA
  5. Vauxhall – Corsa

The Top Five Cars Most Likely To Be Struck In An Accident:

  1. Ford – Fiesta
  2. Ford – Focus
  3. Audi – A3
  4. Mercedes Benz – Sprinter
  5. Volkswagen – Golf

Note: this research was conducted in Britain, and may not be an accurate reflection of America’s roads. But it’s still interesting information (especially if your name or your vehicle made the list!)

Whether your name or vehicle is on the list or not, a New York car accident lawyer suggests contacting an experienced attorney at Cellino & Barnes if you’ve been hurt in any type of accident. Our attorneys can help you navigate through the complex claims process and stand-up against the big insurance company to make sure you’re getting the best result possible. Call us for a FREE consultation.

Cellino & Barnes

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Will Health Insurance Cover Car Accidents?

/ Car Accident, Uncategorized /

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Insurance is complicated.

Wow. That’s an understatement. Many of the questions our clients ask us involve the web of truths, half-truths and lies about insurance and how it works. One of the most common questions we’re asked is:

Will Health Insurance Cover Car Accidents?

Yes, after your car insurance coverage has been used up, your medical bills will be covered by your co-pay and health insurance.

That’s the simple answer. But when you’re working with insurance, things get real complicated real fast. That’s why we always recommend calling a car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes immediately after you’ve been in a car crash.

The Complicated Aspects of Insurance

 

We don’t want you to get confused. Yes, some insurance companies may offer you a small cash settlement if you’ve been injured and were not at-fault for the crash. But this amount is often far less than what you deserve, and in the end, you may end up paying A LOT more.

Keep in mind,  your health insurance company (or Medicare/Medicaid) will likely demand reimbursement with some of the funds from your personal injury settlement. This is known as a lien.

A Rochester car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes knows how the insurance industry uses complicated tricks to confuse innocent victims of car crashes – just so they can save a little corporate cash. We don’t fall for their tricks, and our team can help accident victims get the best results possible from an injury claim.

If you have ANY questions, call us for a FREE consultation.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

What To Do When You’re Rear Ended?

/ Car Accident /

NEW YORK – Rear-end collisions are the most common type of motor vehicle accident, and many Americans will be involved in one at some point in their lives. From an investigator’s standpoint, it’s often very easy to determine who’s at fault in a rear-end crash: it’s the driver who slammed into the back bumper of another car. However, these accidents come with a range of issues for victims, and many of them are left asking, What To Do When You’re Rear Ended?

We took this question to the New York car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes.

What To Do When You’re Rear Ended:

  • Take Notes – what happened in the moments leading up to the accident?
  • Injured?  Call 911 and get immediate medical attention
  • Contact the Police – a police report will be useful when filing a claim with the insurance company
  • Gather Information – You’ll want contact information for the other driver(s) involved, including name, phone number, address, and license number
  • Next Steps – These accidents often result in head, neck and spinal injuries. Even if you don’t experience any symptoms of an injury at first, they can develop over the next few days, weeks or even months. CALL AN EXPERIENCED CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER.

Cellino & Barnes offers accident victims a FREE case evaluation, in which an experienced car accident lawyer can go over your accident information with you and help you determine the right steps for your unique situation.

For more information on rear-end accidents, visit this page, dedicated to rear-end car accident information.

Cellino & Barnes

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10 Things You Have To Do After A Car Accident

/ Car Accident /

What Is Liability in a Car Accident? Knowing Your Risks on the RoadBUFFALO, N.Y. – There are thousands of car accidents in Western New York every single year. While many of them are just fender-benders, some give drivers and passengers much more to worry about than just an insurance headache. Roughly one-third of all car accidents involve an injury, and most of the victims in these accidents may want to call a Buffalo car accident lawyer to make sure they’re getting fair compensation.

The key word here is “fair.” Unfortunately, the insurance industry doesn’t always play fair when it comes to compensating those who’ve been injured in an accident that’s little or no fault of their own.  The Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have spent the last 60 years fighting for accident victims, and they’ve discovered 10 things an injured driver, passenger and their family members can do immediately after a crash to ensure they get fair compensation:

  1. STOP. Even if the accident is minor, you should ALWAYS exchange information with the other driver(s) and passenger(s). Driving away from the scene of an accident could also add criminal charges to your record.
  2. CALL 911. Even if no one is seriously injured, it will be good to have a police report when you file a claim for car repairs. When someone is injured, the police report will be equally important when filing a personal injury claim.
  3. KEEP A RECORD. Write down everything that happened. This information will be important when investigators are filing an accident report. It’s important to be as accurate as possible, so don’t speculate or fabricate your story.
  4. NEVER ADMIT FAULT. Even if the accident was clearly caused by your own mistakes, you don’t know that for sure. The other driver may have been drinking. There may have been a mechanical malfunction. Distractions may have taken the other driver’s eyes off the road. Bottom line is, there are a number of factors to analyze before anyone can be determined ‘at fault’ for an accident.
  5. TAKE PICTURES. In today’s age of smartphones, most drivers and passengers on the road have a camera on them. It is vital to take pictures of the accident scene as soon as possible – even before moving your vehicles off the roadway. If you or anyone in your vehicle have visible injuries, take pictures of those too.
  6. GATHER AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE. Although accident investigators (police) often write this information down, they aren’t always perfect. In some cases, they have taken down incorrect license plate numbers, names, and locations of an accident. Don’t rely solely on the police report – do your own information gathering. This includes getting the other driver’s insurance information, name, license plate number, and contact details.
  7. CALL CELLINO & BARNES. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, they may turn out to be more severe than you think. A slight headache could be due to a traumatic brain injury. And a stiff neck could actually be permanent damage to your spinal cord. Even before contacting your insurance company, we recommend calling Cellino & Barnes, as our Buffalo car accident lawyers can provide you with the proper steps and procedures for your unique situation.
  8. CHECK-IN WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY. Always alert your insurance company of any accident you’ve been in, and cooperate with adjusters and their team. But REMEMBER — the insurance company is NOT your friend. Always weigh advice from your attorney before signing any papers from insurance agencies. Your insurance company may also represent the other driver, and they may attempt to try to get you to sign a settlement that is way below “fair” value.
  9. HAVE COPIES OF ALL MEDICAL RECORDS. We’ve all encountered the complexities of insurance in one way or another. When someone is injured in a car accident, not only are they dealing with car insurance… they’re also working with health insurance. This can be very complex, and it’s important to keep an active log of each doctor seen and every medical record on file.
  10. BE ORGANIZED. The Buffalo car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes recommend keeping a file of all accident-related documents, photos, and notes. This file should also include information on your attorney, your claim number, who your adjuster is, what doctors you visited, and contact numbers for everyone involved in the accident.

The most common frustrations accident victims deal with today are insurance-related. These seem like small problems at first, but they can devastate you and your family if they aren’t handled properly.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Buffalo car crash, contact a car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes today for FREE. Our No Fee Promise guarantees that you will not owe a fee unless we win your case. You have nothing to lose — but everything to gain when you call our Buffalo car accident lawyers.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

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