Archive for the ‘Car Accident’ 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…)

Cellino & Barnes Attorney, Gregory Pajak, Settles Pedestrian Case

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Buffalo News Article – Updated: February 1, 2011

Gregory Pajak, a car accident attorney at the law firm of Cellino & Barnes, recently settled a case against a Town of Tonawanda police officer.

Our client was crossing Military Road, when he was hit by a police car that wasn’t responding to an emergency.  As a result, our client suffered a compound leg fracture and was hospitalized for 10 days. Case was settled for $149,000.

Read more car accident settlements.

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.

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.

Read more.

Long Island Accident Claims 3 Lives

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009


Aug. 3, 2009.  Three people died in a Long Island car crash overnight on Wantagh State Parkway.

A car traveling on relatively quiet stretch of highway veered off the roadway and struck a tree. Three people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth passenger was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

State police are still investigating the fatal accident but believe speed was a factor.

Niagara Falls Teen Killed in Car Crash

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009


Aug. 3, 2009.  A Niagara Falls teen was killed and three others were injured after the vehicle they were traveling in veered off the road and collided with a concrete water intake.

Police said the car accident happened when the driver of the car lost control of his vehicle, became airborne and hit the water intake, before becoming partially submerged in the Niagara River.

The driver was charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.