Massachusetts Legal Blog
Massachusetts Legal Blog
One of the most noticeable effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was the sudden drop in traffic on Massachusetts’s roadways. Anyone who has had to go out to work essential jobs or get groceries has clearly seen how open and empty our freeways have become. Sadly, these clear roadways have not led to safer roads or a reduction in car accidents.
Boston drivers are fully aware of the long commutes throughout the city and extensive rush hour periods we have to suffer through to get to our jobs, schools, and work. These long hours on the road add up in gas costs, vehicle maintenance, lost time, road damage, and, ultimately, stress. In addition, more vehicles on the road means more multi-car accidents, which can be extremely costly for the everyday worker living paycheck to paycheck.
It is widely known that driver fatigue is a serious issue in the trucking industry as more and more accidents are reported on the nightly news. Every driver understands that a lack of sleep can lead to a deadly collision, but this matter is exasperated for truck drivers who travel long-distances without breaks. To limit the dangerous practice of driving while tired, federal regulations enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have imposed hours of service for commercial truck drivers. However, strict fines and legal action have not completely eliminated it, and truck drivers are still likely to be involved in serious or fatal accidents on Massachusetts’s roadways.
For many, self-isolation due to the Massachusetts’s COVID-19 stay at home order comes with added stress, anxiety, and financial worries. While these procedures are necessary to prevent widespread infections and deaths, many households are now dealing with economic uncertainty as workers are laid off or under new pressures to fulfill their duties while avoiding becoming ill. Inadvertently, this has led to an increase in spousal and child abuse.
DiBella Law Offices, P.C. are proud to announce that founding attorney Chris DiBella has been selected as a 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Membership into this prestigious community requires a rigorous selection process that only accepts up to 5% of all attorneys in the state of Massachusetts. Being nominated on its own is truly an honor, and it is even more gratifying to make the final selection.
When you get on the road, you shoulder the responsibility to protect yourself, your passengers, and other drivers – but you also deserve the same degree of respect, whether you are driving a minivan or riding a Harley. Despite this, motorcyclists face a large amount of bias on the road and during insurance claims. For many, this means limited to no compensation after an accident. However, with the right attorney and due diligence, you can fight against motorcycle bias and maximize your compensation.
After a long journey through the first half of 2020, DiBella Law Offices, P.C. has selected one winner to take home the grand prize of a $1,000 scholarship. The winner of the 2020 Writing the Future Scholarship is:
Jean-Edward M. from Peabody, MA
Christopher DiBella and his law firm started the Writing the Future Scholarship as a way to shoulder the burden most students carry when they choose to pursue a higher education. Curiosity and hard work should always be awarded, and we look forward to providing one determined student with a $1,000 scholarship towards post-secondary educational expenses.
Divorces are never easy, and a lot of bad blood can come up during proceedings. But no matter what, both sides should try to be as civil and respectable throughout the process. When one member steps out of bounds and becomes physically abusive, then your attorney can step in to provide legal protection in the form of a temporary restraining order and advocate for compensation.
Massachusetts motorcycle riders have certain rights on the road, many of which are the same as any other motorist. When passenger vehicle drivers disregard these rights, other through reckless driving, it can lead to serious motorcycle accidents. If a negligent driver caused your motorcycle crash, one of the most important rights you have is the ability to file a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver.
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