Posts Tagged ‘Car Accident’

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…)

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.

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.

Rochester New York Man Airlifted After Collision

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


July 31, 2009 – A Rochester man, while driving his pickup truck, jumped the median and collided with a minivan on Macedon Center Road in the Town of Perinton.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 32-year-old Rochester man, suffered serious injuries to his chest and arms. He was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the minivan, a 47-year-old woman from Macedon, suffered minor injuries in the auto accident and was transported via ambulance to Strong Hospital.

Police continue to investigate the accident.

Lockport Woman in Serious Condition – Texting While Driving Accident

Monday, August 3rd, 2009


Aug 3, 2009 – Three people were injured when the driver of a tow truck struck a car at an intersection. The tow truck driver hit the back of the vehicle causing it to swerve out of control and crash through a resident’s backyard fence.

The car and motorcycle on the back of the tow truck flew off, damaging a residential home, destroying the air conditioning unit and house’s gas lines, ultimately landing in a swimming pool.

The woman driving the car in this car accident was transported to ECMC via helicopter for her serious injuries. An 8-year-old passenger was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital for her injuries.  Their car was totaled.

Truck driver has been charged with talking on a mobile phone [while driving], following too closely, and reckless driving. He was talking while driving and texting while driving on two separate mobile phones at the same time.

How to Choose the Right Car Accident Attorney for You

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

 If you are hurt in a car accident, it is important to choose the right personal injury attorney to represent you.

Cellino & Barnes has put together a list of important things to consider when choosing a car accident attorney.

Auto Injury Experience. Experience is important in any profession, but particularly when you’re looking for a car accident attorney. Make sure the firm you choose has vast experience with auto injury litigation and uses the best experts in the country.

Trial Experience. It is important to hire a law firm with extensive trial experience. No one knows, when a case begins, if that case will go to trial. Be prepared from the start and make sure the law firm you choose has extensive trial experience.

Record of Success. Do some research into the results a law firm has achieved. Results are important. They give you an idea of what a firm has been able to accomplish for their other car accident clients.

Resources. It is important to choose a law firm with the resources necessary to hire the best experts in the country to review your case and to testify at trial.

No-fault. If you live in a no-fault state, such as New York, it is important to hire a law firm that will take care of your no-fault claim. Following the deadlines and communicating with insurance adjusters can be very demanding. Having a law firm handle the day to day issues will allow you to focus on getting better.

Professionalism and Compassion. Being involved in a car accident can affect the life of an injured person and their family. Make sure the law firm you choose has a reputation for showing their clients respect and for treating them professionally and with compassion.

Free Consultation. Before you schedule your initial appointment, ask if the consultation is free. Although most personal injury firms do not charge a fee for a consultation, it’s still important to ask.

Cellino & Barnes is available 24/7 to answer your questions. If you have been in a car accident, we are here to help you.