Pedestrian Accident

Is distracted walking in Syracuse as dangerous as distracted driving?

by William Mattar | November 16th, 2018

Recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data reports that nearly four percent of drivers admit to using smartphones while driving. As smartphone use becomes more widespread across the country, it is possible that statistics like these will only continue to rise in years to come. What is Distracted Walking in Syracuse? While distracted drivers are […]

Who is at Fault in a NYC Pedestrian Accident?

by William Mattar | October 12th, 2018

Pedestrians have the right of way when they are legally crossing a street in New York. So who would be at fault if a car hits a pedestrian? There are some laws in New York State that are very clear when it comes to a car hitting a pedestrian. Who would be at-fault in this […]

Next steps following a Buffalo pedestrian accident

by William Mattar | August 22nd, 2018

Some Buffalo pedestrian accidents result in the pedestrian suffering injuries serious enough to demand emergency treatment and/or hospitalization. After obtaining medical treatment, pedestrian accident victims who are capable of talking and thinking clearly may want to call an accident attorney as soon as possible to begin the process of obtaining possible compensation for their damages. […]

Next steps following a Syracuse pedestrian accident

by William Mattar | August 15th, 2018

While every situation is unique, steps to take following a Syracuse pedestrian accident are essentially the same steps you should take after a car accident. As a general rule, call police/911, move away as quickly as possible from unsafe conditions, and contact your insurance company.  If you are hurt, you may want to call a […]

What are some reasons for a Syracuse pedestrian accident?

by William Mattar | July 26th, 2018

The latest statistics about pedestrian-vehicle accidents in Onondaga County, which includes Syracuse, found that 192 crashes involving injuries to pedestrians occurred in 2015. Fatal accidents totaled 6, while 29 pedestrian-vehicle crashes did not result in an injury. Some Causes of Syracuse Pedestrian Accidents Vehicles Making Left Hand Turns Just because a crosswalk has signals doesn’t […]

Is Distracted Walking in NYC as dangerous as Distracted Driving?

by William Mattar | May 7th, 2018

Cell phones have become a “must have” device for everybody, which has resulted in a dramatic increase in distracted driving accidents. In fact, many states, including New York, now have laws against using a cell phone while driving. If you are caught texting while operating a vehicle, you could be issued a ticket, fined and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Self-Driving Uber Cars??

by William Mattar | July 11th, 2017

Will self-driving cars eliminate the livery industry as we know it today? A recent Reuter’s article seems to presage, at the very least, major changes. According to a recent Reuter article, citing an auto industry cars source, ride-hailing service Uber is looking to place a “large order for self-driving cars.” Would a fleet of Uber-bots […]

Uber & Lyft Insurance Coverage in Upstate NY

by William Mattar | July 7th, 2017

As companies such as Uber and Lyft set up shop in Upstate New York, many insurance coverage questions arise. New York State has passed legislation allowing these types of companies to operate as transportation network companies (TNC) throughout the state. “A major question is, Who will insure the TNC?” asked attorney William Mattar, who focuses […]