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What To Do After A Minor Car Accident

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NEW YORK – When a car accident is severe, we’ve all been told to call 911 and immediately seek medical attention; but many people have asked our Long Island car accident lawyer, What To Do After A Minor Car Accident?

Let’s play-out a situation millions of Americans have been in:

You’re at a stand-still, stuck in rush-hour traffic. Suddenly, you feel a jolt as your seat belt tightens and your body jumps forward. You’ve been rear-ended by a driver who wasn’t paying attention.

No one appears to be injured. You’re probably a little frustrated that your car now has a huge dent (if not, worse). The other driver is equally emotional with feelings of frustration, embarrassment and guilt.

Our Long Island personal injury lawyers say now is not the time to start a heated argument. Instead, keep your cool and follow these steps if you’re ever in a minor car crash.

What To Do After A Minor Car Accident

  1. Pull Over and Call 911. Even if no one is hurt, it’s important to make sure everyone stays safe. Without the flashing lights of a police car and the safety of the road’s shoulder, you’re in serious danger.
  2. Exchange Insurance Information. This is one of the most important steps, according to our Long Island car accident lawyers. Without the other driver’s information, you could be left holding the bill for any repair or medical costs associated with the accident. If you or the other driver for some reason does not have an insurance card (maybe you left it at work), call the police – you can usually bring proof of insurance to them later, as long as it’s within 24 hours.
  3. NEVER Admit Fault. There are many things that can cause car accidents. Even if you believe you’re at fault for a fender-bender, don’t admit it! The truth is, you don’t know who — or what caused the crash. Maybe the brakes weren’t working… or the other driver is intoxicated. It’s important to tell the truth – but stick to the facts.
  4.  Take Photos. Almost everyone has a smartphone with a camera now, so there’s no excuse NOT to take pictures. If you can find witnesses, it would be helpful to take down their information and statements too.
  5. See A Doctor. Even minor accidents can have profound implications on your health. It’s not uncommon to start feeling injury symptoms, like whiplash, days or even weeks after an accident. Typically, it’s good practice to seek medical attention, even if you don’t need it… Just in case.

If you are injured, the medical costs should be covered by the insurance company, but getting fair compensation can often be a frustrating and drawn-out process. That’s why it’s good to have an experienced team of trial lawyers on your side. At Cellino & Barnes, our Long Island personal injury lawyers have decades of combined experience helping accident victims get the best results possible from injury claims.

When an accident impacts your health and well-being, call Cellino & Barnes for a FREE consultation.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

How Much Do Accident Attorneys Charge?

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NEW YORK – If you’ve recently been in a car accident, it’s a pretty good idea to hire an experienced Brooklyn car accident lawyer. The general assumption is that ‘lawyers are expensive,’ but many clients are pleasantly surprised when they ask the question, How Much Do Accident Attorneys Charge?

Unlike many other types of legal services, the New York car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes handle things a little differently.

How Much Do Accident Attorneys Charge?

The car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes do not charge hourly fees, unlike many other law firms. Instead, they have a ‘No Fee Promise,’ which means the personal injury firm will not accept any payments unless they win your case.

This type of arrangement is considered beneficial for both the client and the attorney.

Many attorneys work with similar contingency fees, which is a percentage of the recovery they’ve helped a client obtain. This percentage typically ranges from 30-40 percent, depending on the case.  If your lawyer recovers $10,000, they will receive about $3,300 for their services with the standard 33% contingency fee. On the other side, if they don’t win your case, they don’t receive anything.

What To Do If You Need An Attorney

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, contacting an experienced New York car accident attorney is a crucial step that could help you save time, money and a lot of headaches.

At Cellino & Barnes, the firm’s No Fee Promise guarantees clients they won’t owe a dime unless their NY accident lawyer wins their case. If you have any questions about the firm, its legal team, or the No Fee Promise, give us a call and we’d be happy to help answer your questions with a FREE case evaluation.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

What’s Next For The Passengers of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380?

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NEW YORK – The National Transportation Safety Board conducted their initial examination of the faulty engine that exploded at 32,000 feet this week, but investigators walked away with more questions than answers.


New York airplane accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say these kinds of accidents are extremely rare, and a full investigation will determine the cause, and hopefully result in meaningful changes that will help prevent future accidents from happening.


The Pilots

The incident claimed one life and injured several others, but aviation experts say the accident could have been much worse.

The aircraft, en route from New York City to Dallas, was flying at 32,000 feet when the explosion happened. Not only did pilot Tammie Jo Shults lose an engine traveling 500 mph, the aircraft also sustained damage as shrapnel struck the fuselage and the cabin began to depressurize.

Amazingly, Tammie Jo Shults calmly guided the aircraft to a safe landing at a Philadelphia airport.

Shults and her co-pilot, Darren Ellisor, released a statement on Wednesday.

“On behalf of the entire Crew, we appreciate the outpouring of support from the public and our coworkers as we all reflect on one family’s profound loss,” the two pilots said, adding that their “hearts are heavy.”

The Passengers

At the same time, several passengers also deserve credit for their heroic actions on flight 1380.

Passengers Andrew Needum, Tim McGinty and Peggy Phillips helped pull a woman’s body back into the cabin after a passenger was partially sucked out of a depressurized window.

Firefighter Andrew Needum was trained for emergency situations, and he put his life on the line in a heroic attempt to save others.

“I felt moved to act, as well as others on the plane,” he told reporters at his firehouse in Celina, Texas.

Peggy Phillips, a retired nurse, instinctively began CPR on the injured passenger. Sadly, the passenger had already died.


The Family

Jennifer Riordan, a bank executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico was sitting in the window seat closest to the engine as it exploded. The malfunction caused the window to break, creating a sudden loss of pressure in the cabin. As a result, Jennifer Riordan was partially pulled out of the window as other passengers rushed to her aid.

Tragically, Jennifer Riordan died from blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso, a Department of Public Health spokesman said.

Her family later released a statement to reporters, writing, “Jennifer Riordan has passed away as a result of previously reported events on Southwest Airlines flight #1380.”

“Jennifer’s vibrancy, passion and love infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured,” the statement continued. “But foremost, she is the bedrock of our family. She and Mike wrote a love story unlike any other. Her beauty and love is evident through her children.”

The Investigation

Investigators with the NTSB still can’t explain with certainty why the Boeing 737 engine exploded in mid-air.

“I know people would want answers right away. We would do a very methodical investigation,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters Wednesday. “Right now, we just want to document everything that we can.”

What they DID find was a previously undetectable crack on a fan blade that could have led to the engine failure. According to investigators, the blade broke twice. One of the cracks found was consistent with metal fatigue.

What It Means

Metal fatigue is a weakening of a metal due to incredible stress, which can cause a number of small and sometimes microscopic cracks. New York airplane accident lawyers say the preliminary investigation named metal fatigue as a ‘contributing factor,’ but as the investigation continues, the NTSB may find more factors at play.

The NTSB will likely collect every piece of debris they can find, and attempt to reconstruct the engine, New York airplane accident lawyers said. The investigation may also focus on the window, and what may have prevented it from breaking in such an event.

What’s Next

According to CNN, Southwest Airlines issued $5,000 checks and vouchers to the passengers of Flight 1380. However, that does not cover the physical and emotional tolls many passengers and their families have endured this month, and several families may soon decide it is time to file a lawsuit.

New York airplane accident attorneys say there are several ways that could play-out, based on previous accidents:

  • The airline could be responsible for lack of maintenance
  • The manufacturer of the engine could held responsible for the engine failure
  • If there were other mechanical issues that played a role in the accident, the manufacturer of the aircraft and/or the airline could be liable
  • If the crew did not follow the proper safety procedures, the airline could be held responsible

These are just a few scenarios, and all are based on previous incidents. A full accident investigation of flight 1380 will determine exactly what went wrong and why.

If you or your family have any questions about aviation safety or injury law, the New York airplane accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes consist of experienced attorneys, doctors and pilots with the resources and technical experience that can help you get the answers you need.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888



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

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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


Will Health Insurance Cover Car Accidents?

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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

Client Thanks

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