Behind the Wheel of a Self-Driving Car

by William Mattar | November 1st, 2017

An article in IEEE Spectrum, assuming that occupants of self-driving vehicles will retain some element of control over the box of steel transporting them, poses an interesting question: “How Should a Self-Driving Car Tell You to Take the Wheel?” The article contextualizes the question: Someday, the word driver will connote something completely different than it […]

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 […]

When can I buy a self-driving car?

by William Mattar | October 19th, 2017

An article in USA Today cites, “Three stages before cars are fully self driving,” breaks the transition to autonomous cars down into three stages. While, according to the article, developers are “truly are on the cusp of the kind of automation that signals that the future has arrived, one in which a car actually makes […]

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 […]

Buckle Your Belt Classroom Contest Winners

by Dawn Raub | October 16th, 2017

Getting back to school in the fall is always a busy time. Teachers getting classrooms ready, parents and students working to get back into the routine, and here at William Mattar it’s a busy time for us, too. Before the start of the school year, we held our Pencils 4 Schools campaign which has brought […]

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 […]

William Mattar Goes Pink for October

by Dawn Raub | September 29th, 2017

The William Mattar blue logo goes pink in a big way to support the fight against breast cancer during the month of October. The motor vehicle accident law firm that focuses on helping those seriously injured after car and truck accidents goes pink across the board on their website, television advertising, and social media. William […]

Autonomous Autos to Navigate with ‘Lidar’

by William Mattar | September 21st, 2017

As examined in a previous blog entry, autonomous vehicle rely on an array of technologies—from cameras to sensors to more sophisticated “lidar”—to navigate roadways. An article in Fortune, “What Happened When Ford Tested Its Self-Driving Car in Total Darkness” explores just how advanced self-driving technologies have become. The article discusses a “recent test at Ford’s […]

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 […]

William Mattar Acts of Kindness Campaign

by Dawn Raub | September 21st, 2017

The William Mattar Acts of Kindness Team has hit the streets giving out free gift cards throughout Western New York. You never know when or where they will appear. Over 100 William Mattar Acts of Kindness staff are traveling throughout Western New York with Tim Horton’s gift cards and will be randomly handing them out. […]