Massachusetts Legal Blog
Massachusetts Legal Blog
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately one out of every three traffic-related fatalities involves a drunk driver. Massachusetts allows for sobriety checkpoints that will likely be significantly deployed over this holiday season. Research clearly indicates that the incidents of Operating Under the Influence (OUI) occur at a notably higher rate during the periods of Christmas and particularly New Year’s. Let’s take a look at what constitutes an OUI, and overall tips for staying safe while celebrating the New Year.
During the holiday season, the winter weather creates possibly dangerous surface conditions. Snow and ice can make sidewalks, parking lots, entryways, and flights of stairs potential settings for injuries. Those who own, control, or possess property can be subjected to civil liability when other parties are harmed within their property. This liability can apply to an owner of uninhabited land, to residential property owners, as well as businesses. In Massachusetts, such cases are heard by the District Courts if the monetary damages are unlikely to exceed $25,000, or the Superior Courts if likely to exceed that threshold.
Roughly 70% of U.S. roads are located in regions which receive at least an average of 5 inches of snowfall annually. Similarly, approximately 70% of the U.S. population also resides in these snowy regions. Snow and ice accumulation on the roadways creates potentially dangerous driving conditions by reducing friction, vehicle handling, and braking. Approximately 25% of weather-related auto crashes occur atop surfaces containing snow or ice. Winter-related activity accounts for about 20% of the funds exhausted by state transportation budgets—a staggering 2.3 billion dollars.
The holidays are approaching and winter will be here soon. Both the season and the time of year can pose extra hazards for Massachusetts drivers. If you’re going to be traveling over the next few months, DiBella Law Offices, P.C. has some driving safety tips for you. Whether you’re driving across town or driving out of state to Grandma’s house, it’s important that you:
For the sixth straight year, DiBella Law Offices, P.C.’s founding partner, Christopher DiBella is being named a Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers is an attorney rating and directory that recognizes lawyers who have attained a high degree of professional achievement in their field. Becoming a Super Lawyer involves a rigorous selection process consisting of peer reviews, independent research, and third party feedback. Furthermore, Super Lawyers has named Mr. DiBella a Massachusetts Rising Star, an honor bestowed on exceptional attorneys aged 40 and under who have practiced for 10 years or more. Membership in the Rising Star fraternity is limited to no more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in a state.
Whether you’re contemplating divorce or on the receiving end of divorce papers, the first step in the process is hiring a divorce attorney. The initial consultation you have with a divorce lawyer is perhaps the most informative meeting you’ll have. Because time during your initial consultation may be somewhat limited, it’s imperative that you prepare the best you can. In this blog, we explain what you should bring to your consultation. Read the rest »
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the cost of ongoing medical bills, rehabilitation, and loss of income can quickly become overwhelming. For this reason, and many more, it’s important to seek the fair compensation you deserve with help from an experienced Boston car accident attorney. Read the rest »
Unfortunately, some couples can spend decades married and divorce later in life for the same reason younger couples do. In a late-life divorce, couples over the age of 60 face special obstacles when terminating their marriage – whether it be due to infidelity, a desire for a greater sense of independence, or irreconcilable differences. In this blog, our Burlington divorce attorney explains how asset division and health concerns can impact a late-life divorce. Read the rest »
Although Labor Day weekend is seen as a celebratory end cap to summer, it also happens to be one of the most dangerous weekends to be driving. Statistically, Labor Day is among the most fatal holiday weekends – according to the Insurance Information Institute, Labor Day weekend accounts for hundreds of fatal alcohol-related car accidents every year. If you find yourself taking legal action after sustaining injuries in a drunk driving accident over Labor Day Weekend, it’s important that you know and understand your legal options. Read the rest »
Super Lawyers has selected Attorney Christopher DiBella to be included in the 2016 Masachusetts Rising Stars list. This prestigious honor is given to only a select few — no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys have been awarded this same achievement. Read the rest »