Car Accident

The Right Car Seat

by William Mattar | November 9th, 2017

The right car seat can provide extra protection in the event of a car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that car accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages one to 13. Keep you and your children safe by learning about car seat safety. There are three major steps to […]

Recognizing the Effects of Alcohol

by William Mattar | November 7th, 2017

Whether it makes you sleepy, energetic, giggly, relaxed or adventurous, we all have a way to identify how alcohol affects us. To avoid a car accident or any long term health problems. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World has summarized short-term versus long-term effects of alcohol.   SHORT-TERM EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL Depending on how much […]

Fall driving dangers

by William Mattar | November 2nd, 2017

As the days shorten, our daily commutes are often made in the dark. In Buffalo, fall weather may seem pale in comparison to the winter. However, there are many dangerous hazards associated with the fall season.  Awareness of these hazards can help avoid a motor vehicle accident. With days getting shorter, the commute to and […]

What to do after a car accident

by William Mattar | October 19th, 2017

With a car accident injuring someone every 12 seconds, it is possible that you may be involved in one in your lifetime. Car accidents are common. It is easier to deal with the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident if you are prepared for a worst case scenario. Here are some suggestions: Always wear your […]

The Most Dangerous Driving Behaviors

by William Mattar | October 17th, 2017

It is easier to notice someone else’s bad driving behaviors than our own. The most dangerous habits are usually the ones that we do not identify as dangerous.  According to Zero Fatalities, almost every crash is attributed to: drowsy driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving or not buckling up.   Drowsy Driving The National […]

Will Self-Driving Cars Make Roads Safer?

by William Mattar | October 5th, 2017

As outlined in a number of previous entries, the proponents of self-driving cars argue that their widespread use will drastically reduce the number of collisions and, as a result, injuries and deaths resulting from such collisions. A recent study by the RAND organizations casts some doubt on this assumption—or at least posits that such an […]

Autonomous Car Liability

by William Mattar | September 21st, 2017

A law review article published in the Southern Methodist University Science and Technology Law Review makes the novel argument that “[l]aws governing canine ownership are a good model on which to base laws governing autonomous cars.” While it may seem implausible to compare a sentient animal—a dog—to the motions, sensors and axels of an autonomous […]

Self Driving Cars vs. ‘Shabby’ Roadways

by Dawn Raub | September 8th, 2017

It is well-accepted that America’s roadway infrastructure is in need of reboot. How will self-driving cars respond to “shabby U.S. roadways,” as they were recently described in a Reuters article. The author sets the scene: A press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Volvo’s semi-autonomous prototype is in the limelight. Things don’t go as […]

Self-Driving Car Freedom?

by William Mattar | August 28th, 2017

Today’s entry takes a look at a scholarly article published just over a year ago in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology: The Costs of Self-Driving Cars: Reconciling Freedom and Privacy With Tort Liability In Autonomous Vehicle Regulation. Analyzing the laws of agency and products liability, the article’s main thrust is that “the more […]

Could self-driving cars impact our privacy?

by William Mattar | July 11th, 2017

“In [a] near-future filled with self-driving cars, the price of convenience is surveillance.” That is the argument advanced in a recent Atlantic article, “How Self-Driving Cars Will Threaten privacy.” The article begins with a morning commute “sometime in the indeterminate future” where the humanoid voice of a hypothetical self-driving car makes seemingly innocuous suggestions as […]