Archive for the ‘Auto Accident Information’ Category

Winter Driving Safety and Survival Kit Recommendations

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Winter and hazardous driving conditions will be with us for the few months.  What Can You Do To Be Safe?

One of the most important safety precautions is to slow down. Winter driving conditions can be very deceptive.  Ice beneath the snow, black ice on the roadway or ruts caused by other drivers all present a driving challenge that can dramatically affect the braking distance of a vehicle.  Make sure you adjust both your speed and your distance between your car and the vehicle in front according the winter conditions. (more…)

Thinking About Texting and Driving? It Can Wait.

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Is that text worth losing your life?

Did you know?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death of American teenagers with the number one cause of these deaths being the use of wireless devices.

Did you know?

Using a cell phone while driving, whether hands free or hand held is very dangerous. According to a Virginia Tech study, texting can delay a driver’s reaction time as much as having a BAC at the legal limit – 0.08%. (more…)

Car Accident Safety – Deer Season is Upon Us. Be Alert!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are approximately one million car-deer accidents each year in the United States. These car accidents result in more than 10,000 personal injuries and 200 deaths each year.

Fall is the time of year you need to be on the lookout. More specifically, deer mating season, which runs from late October through Thanksgiving (which is peak). (more…)

Teen Driver Safety

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They account for more than one in three deaths among teens, ages 16 to 19.  Luckily, parents can reduce the risks their teens run every time they get behind the wheel by educating them on some safe driving habits.

At the Cellino & Barnes personal injury law firm, we’re here to help educate and keep you and your children safe on the road. (more…)

New Safety Recommendations for Child Car Seats

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

A recent article published in the New York Times states that there are new recommendations for rear-facing car seats for older toddlers as well as new  recommendations for booster seats.

According to the article, toddlers are often switched from rear-facing car seats to forward-facing seats prematurely. ­The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), issued a statement based on a 2007 study done by the University of Virginia. According to the article, children under the age of two are seventy-five percent less likely to endure severe or fatal injuries in an auto accident if car seats are facing the rear. (more…)

Common No-Fault Insurance Questions

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

From the Desk of Ross Cellino

Regardless of whether you have or have not ever been in an auto accident, we understand that no-fault insurance can be somewhat overwhelming to deal with.

I have been an attorney for over twenty-five years and because of the difficult and time sensitive issues surrounding no fault, Cellino & Barnes chose many years ago to take care of our clients’ no-fault issues for them.

The most common no-fault questions we hear are:

  •      What is no-fault and what does it cover?
  •      Is there a Deadline?
  •      How much coverage is there?
  •      Do I need a referral to see a doctor?
  •      Is there a deadline for submitting medical bills for payment?
  •      What if no-fault denies payment?

We understand the issues surrounding an auto accident can be overwhelming. To learn the answers to these questions and more, click on no-fault insurance questions.

If you need to speak with me (Ross Cellino) or another attorney at Cellino & Barnes contact us today. 800-621-2020.


Ross Cellino

Should Insurance Agents and Brokers be Required to Discuss SUM Coverage with their Customers?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

It is unfortunate that many people with auto insurance policies either do not have SUM coverage or have minimum SUM coverage.

Why is SUM coverage so important anyway?

SUM stands for Supplementary Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist coverage. SUM is coverage provided by your insurance company to protect you (and your passengers) in the event an accident happens and the other driver either did not have insurance or they had minimal insurance (which is $25,000/$50,000 in New York State).

Again, SUM coverage protects you and your family. For example, if you were badly injured in a car accident and the other vehicle only had $25,000 in coverage, you would be able to use your SUM coverage. This would allow you to be compensated for your lost wages, pain and suffering and your medical costs up to the level of your SUM coverage. If you had $500,000 of SUM, you could be compensated up to $500,000, even though the other driver only had a $25,000 policy.

What can be done in New York State to ensure that the public is well informed and protected in the case of a serious auto accident? Perhaps, insurance companies and their agents and brokers could be required to have their clients sign a confirmation that they have reviewed and understand SUM coverage and have decided not to seek this additional coverage.

Auto accident victims in New York State are often left with many unanswered questions and often do not understand the importance of SUM coverage until it’s too late.

The attorneys at Cellino and Barnes encourage you to contact your insurance agent or broker today to discuss the importance of SUM coverage and whether you have this insurance on your policy. If you have been injured or have questions about an accident you were in, the attorneys at Cellino & Barnes are available 24/7 to help you. Our consultation is Free. Contact us today.

Texting While Driving

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is a growing concern in communities across the United States and the world.  In many New York communities from Buffalo to Rochester and to the Bronx, numerous lives have been tragically lost because of texting while driving.

Cellino and Barnes offers this series of blog posts to help grapple with the lingering issues and potential solutions of texting while driving.

Part 1: Overview

One of the leading causes of serious injury and death in America is motor vehicle accidents.  How often do we see distracted drivers behind the wheel? People eating, applying makeup, talking on the phone… there always seems to be some distraction that is inhibiting a driver’s attention. In the last couple of years, a new distraction has arisen: Driving While Texting (DWT).

Under current legislation, the act of driving while texting is defined as: composing, sending, or reading text messages, email, or making similar use of the internet on a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle. The practice is viewed by many authorities as dangerous and has been outlawed or restricted in twenty states and the District of Columbia.

While everybody understands that distracted driving is dangerous, some question how DWT is more dangerous than being distracted by a messy cheeseburger or a hot cup of coffee? Studies show that texting while driving increases the likelihood of accidents and distracted driving. For instance, a study conducted at the University of Utah found a six-fold increase in distraction-related accidents while texting. While a more recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute presents the follow facts:

  • Using driving studies of observing long-haul trucks and light vehicles driving 6 million combined miles, researchers observed 4,452 safety-critical incidents, which includes crashes, near-crashes, safety-critical events, and lane deviations
  • 81% of the safety critical events involved some type of driver distraction
  • Text messaging had the greatest relative risk, with drivers being 23 times more likely to experience a safety-critical event when texting.
  • The study also found that drivers typically take their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of four out of six seconds when texting.

All in all, there is conclusive evidence of the dangers of driving while texting.  This post is part 1 of 6, presented by Cellino and Barnes.  Our firm is committed to helping the community deal with the growing problem of texting while driving.

Truck Accident Victims Receive $3.25 Million

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Cellino & Barnes – Trial Attorney Michael J. Cooper

Our clients were on the job working as City Garbage Collectors, when their vehicle was t-boned by a truck that ran a red light.

As a result of this truck accident, our clients suffered injuries to their back, knee, neck and head. Both clients underwent spinal fusion surgeries.

Attorney Michael Cooper prepared the cases for trial and hired some of the best experts in the country, including accident reconstruction experts.  As a result of his thorough preparation, the insurance companies, on the eve of trial, finally agreed to his settlement demand of $1.75 million and $1.5 million, respectively.

“Michael Cooper’s  thorough preparation and determination to proceed to trial was a key to the outcome of this case,” stated Ross Cellino.

Ross Cellino Discusses Impact of Teen Driving Legislation

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Attorney, Ross Cellino, who works in both the Rochester and Buffalo  offices, weighs the impact of the New York State Senate legislation that will toughen teen driving laws. Not only will it be illegal for drivers of all ages to text message while driving, but the bill further requires that a learner’s permit must be held for at least 6 months before a junior license can be obtained.  In addition, if there is no adult in the vehicle with a junior driver, the number of non-family members allowed in the vehicle will be reduced to one.

Rochester, NY residents may find the news timely and encouraging. Many have been affected by the recent news involving three Rochester teens killed in car accidents, as well as the five area teens killed last year as a result of texting while driving. Parents often worry about the safety of their young adults, particularly when they are driving with their friends.

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