Christopher Gresham: Attorney and Biker on Motorcycle Safety

By William Mattar | May 9th, 2022

Christopher Gresham, Esq. is not only an accident injury lawyer at William Mattar, P.C., but he is also an avid motorcyclist, and serves as the National Executive Trustee for the Hogs and Heroes Foundation of America– a not for profit group of people and motorcyclists who help raise money for U.S. military veterans, police, firefighters, first […]

What Does No-Fault Car Accident Insurance Cover In New York State?

By William Mattar | May 3rd, 2022

No-fault vehicle insurance in New York is compulsory, compensating for certain economic losses including medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.  In New York, Who Is Eligible for No-Fault Benefits? Pedestrians, drivers, passengers, and household relatives can qualify as “insureds” under a standard New York no-fault insurance policy. Generally speaking, the insurance policy issued for […]

What is the Sudden Medical Emergency Defense?

By William Mattar | April 28th, 2022

The sudden medical emergency defense is a defense that at-fault drivers may invoke to achieve the dismissal of a car accident lawsuit. The defense is based on the premise that the defendant suffered from a sudden and unexpected medical emergency at the time of the incident and should accordingly not be liable. What Are the […]

What Is Serious Injury Threshold In New York?

By William Mattar | April 26th, 2022

In New York State, most motorists and pedestrians injured by another driver can make a claim for pain and suffering only if they sustained a “serious injury.” There are exceptions, but in most cases, the injured person must show a “serious injury,” which is defined to include:  death; significant disfigurement; dismemberment; a fracture; loss of […]

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Hit-and-Run Accident?

By William Mattar | April 21st, 2022

After a car accident, one of the first things you may wonder is whether or not you need a personal injury lawyer, which is especially true if the accident was a hit-and-run. A hit-and-run accident can leave you feeling confused and overwhelmed. You may not know what to do or who to turn to. Read […]

When Can Cruise Control Be Dangerous?

By William Mattar | April 19th, 2022

Some people say that cruise control features can cause drivers to become complacent and not pay attention to the road. Others argue that it is a safe way to drive and can actually help you stay alert.  Some motorists may not use cruise control properly, increasing the risk of danger on public roads. When the […]

When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Car Crash in New York State?

By William Mattar | April 14th, 2022

Anyone who has been in a car accident knows how frightening and distressing it can be. There is a lot of uncertainty: Will my body ever heal? When can I return to work? What are my legal rights? Insurance companies often try to minimize the settlement amount. They try to characterize your injuries as “minor” […]

Winter Car Accident Prevention Tips

By William Mattar | April 12th, 2022

According to the Federal Highway Highway Administration, every year nearly a quarter of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement, and around 1,000 individuals are killed each year in car accidents in snow and sleet. According to the statistics, driving in the wintertime comes with increased risks. Given these increased risks, motorists […]

Safety Tips for Western New York Cyclists

By William Mattar | April 7th, 2022

New Yorkers enjoy bicycling on roads for fitness, environmental causes, or just enjoyment. While bicycling offers a host of positive health benefits, it also comes with challenges. For example, if a car and a bicycle collide, the cyclist could sustain serious injuries that may not have been sustained had they been a passenger in a […]

How to File an Accident Report in New York

By William Mattar | March 23rd, 2022

According to Section 605 of the NY Vehicle and Traffic, you must file an accident report within 10 days if you are involved in an accident where there is over $1,000 damage to the property of an individual, personal injury, or death. It may seem overwhelming to do this after an accident, but the timeline […]