Explaining SUM Insurance Part 2

by William Mattar | April 4th, 2018

As explored in our last entry, uninsured motorist (“UM”) and supplementary uninsured motorist (“SUM”) insurance coverage act like safety nets, protecting you and your family. A new law enacted December 18, 2017 has changed – we believe, for the better – the process by which motorists can purchase SUM/UM coverage. The change, which applies to […]

Explaining SUM Insurance Part 1

by William Mattar | March 29th, 2018

Every week, we spend hours in our cars; commuting to and from work; running errands; making trips. Unless you live in major metropolitan area – where public transportation rules, and car ownership is more bane than blessing – your car is a sort of gateway to the world. Auto insurance is a form of financial […]

GM Self Driving Car

by William Mattar | March 27th, 2018

As explored in previous entries, the rollout of self-driving vehicles has been, and will continue to be, an incremental one. The seemingly unstoppable introduction of these driverless drones will unfold slowly, one small step at a time. With over 260 million passenger vehicles on U.S. roadways, it is hard to execute a wholesale swap-out; there […]

Syracuse Truck Driving Safety Tips

by William Mattar | March 20th, 2018

Commercial trucks and passenger buses on Syracuse roads serve an important role in society, transporting goods to stores and people to their destinations. But driving a small sedan or coupe in their midst, can be intimidating, if not outright frightening. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are a few things you […]

After a Rochester Car Accident

by William Mattar | March 16th, 2018

One second you are traversing a familiar road; the next you are on a stretcher, being taken to the emergency room. The moments following a Rochester car accident can be chaotic and hectic. The first priority is obviously your health and wellbeing. You should contact emergency personnel, or arrange for another motorist or a bystander to contact […]

Buffalo Winter Driving Tips

by William Mattar | March 14th, 2018

As you probably know, Buffalo has a reputation for rough winters. We take pride in our ability to withstand blistering winds, and lake-effect snowfall. But a Buffalo winter bring snow and ice, and that snow and ice end up on our roadways. We depend on these roadways to get to and from work, and otherwise […]

Have You Changed the Oil in Your Vehicle Lately?

by William Mattar | March 13th, 2018

Ask any Syracuse auto mechanic and they will tell you “old” oil can harm your engine. New oil will penetrate all engine parts, avoiding — or at least reducing — friction between moving parts. It contains fresh, strong molecule chains that prevent active engine parts from scraping and eroding when the engine is in operation, […]

How to Handle Aggressive Drivers in Rochester

by William Mattar | March 8th, 2018

Aggressive Rochester drivers come in all shapes and forms, but generally fall into two categories: those who are angry at the world and those who are simply having a bad day, choosing, unwisely, to take out frustrations on other drivers. Occupying a motor vehicle can provide a sense of anonymity and lack of accountability that […]

What to Know About New York Automobile Insurance Laws

by William Mattar | March 1st, 2018

New York State requires all motor vehicles registered in the state to be insured. To register a vehicle in Buffalo, or anywhere in New York, the owner must purchase a minimum automobile insurance policy from an insurance company licensed by the New York Insurance Department. That insurance policy must have certain coverages, including: (1) first-party […]

Fire & Ice Extravaganza Once Again Chaired by Car Accident Attorney William Mattar

by William Mattar | February 9th, 2018

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council (GNFC) will be holding one of its largest annual fundraising events, Fire and Ice, which will take place on Thursday, March 22nd at the Hotel at the Lafayette, 391 Washington Street Buffalo 14203, from 6pm to 9pm. Fire & Ice celebrates the Scouting experience and the positive impact Scouting has […]