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Stay Safe on the Road This Fourth of July Weekend

By DiBella Law Offices on June 30, 2022

This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Monday. Between Friday afternoon and midnight on Monday, millions of Americans will be hitting the highways to visit friends and relatives or see new places.

Though it’s a great way to get around, traveling by automobile has the highest fatality rate per mile of any major form of transportation.

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Why Is Sumner Tunnel Closing?

By DiBella Law Offices on May 30, 2022

Sumner Tunnel will be closing off and on over the coming weeks and years so workers can make some long-overdue repairs. The tunnel travels one way beginning at Logan International Airport and Route 1A in East Boston and has two exits – one connects to I-93 northbound and downtown Boston near Haymarket Station, and the other connects to Storrow Drive and Nashua Street.

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Deadliest Accidents for Massachusetts Commuters

By DiBella Law Offices on February 8, 2022

An ambulance driving through the streets of Boston, Massachusetts.

Car accidents in Massachusetts killed 390 people in 2021, as reported by CBS Boston. This is the highest number of statewide traffic fatalities in 12 years. Some of the most dangerous roads in the state include I-93, the Massachusetts Turnpike, I-95, I-495, and State Route 24. Risk factors that make these roads particularly hazardous include traffic congestion, dangerous interchanges, icy winter driving conditions, constantly merging traffic, and reckless drivers.

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Top Car Accidents to Avoid During a Boston Winter

By DiBella Law Offices on January 10, 2022

The view of a snow-covered road from the windshield of a car.

Roads in Boston can be particularly hazardous in the wintertime. Freezing rain can make icy roads that wreak havoc on commuters, causing traffic congestion and wrecks. Icy conditions on roads in and around Boston can cause multi-vehicle pile-ups and bring traffic to a standstill.

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Pay Attention to These Lingering Injuries After a Car Accident

By DiBella Law Offices on January 3, 2022

A physician examining a female patient's back injuries.

Right after a car crash, you may feel a tremendous relief that you are still alive and don’t seem to be seriously injured. If you are still conscious, not bleeding, and have no broken bones, you may believe you were lucky enough to escape injury. Shock and adrenaline can mask signs of injury immediately after an accident. Symptoms that may take hours or days to show up can be an indication of lingering car accident injuries.

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Tesla Unplugs Ability to Play Games While Traveling

By DiBella Law Offices on December 28, 2021

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation of Tesla concerning video games on the front touchscreens of vehicles that can be played while they are in motion. This function on Tesla vehicles is known as “Passenger Play.” The NHTSA is concerned that it may distract drivers and increase the risk of a crash.

Passenger Play has been available to drivers since December 2020, as reported by Business Insider. Before that, gameplay was only enabled on Tesla vehicles when they were in park. The Passenger Play function on Tesla vehicles makes it possible for drivers to play games while driving on the touchscreen of the car.

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How to Take Effective Auto Accident Photos

By DiBella Law Offices on December 16, 2021

Documentation to prove damages and show liability is important in a personal injury case. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. After an auto accident, if you are physically able, it is a good idea to take pictures on your cell phone right away. Photos can capture and preserve evidence to support a claim for compensation. They can help you with your settlement or in court.

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Parental Liability in Teen Driving Accidents

By DiBella Law Offices on August 31, 2021

Mom teacher son to driveA collision with a teen driver can be nerve-wracking, confusing, and stressful. Teen drivers naturally do not have the years of experience that adult drivers have and may speed, make reckless turns, or even use drugs or alcohol while behind the wheel, increasing the severity of an accident. While your PIP insurance may cover some of your medical bills, you may be forced to file a claim against a teen driver’s insurance to receive compensation. In some cases, you may also have a claim against the teen’s parents.

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Keeping Safe on the Road During Warm Weather

By DiBella Law Offices on August 24, 2021

Sunlight coming through front windshield into driver's eyesSummer in Boston brings with it fireworks, barbeques, boat trips, and baseball games. Unfortunately, as much as we all want to enjoy the warm weather, summer also comes with serious auto accidents. July and August record the highest rate of fatal accidents out of the year. With more people on the road, including tourists and vacationers, there always comes the risk of a collision, but summer is particularly dangerous for several factors, not just from out-of-state drivers.

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Is My Car’s Black Box Helpful in a Car Accident Claim?

By DiBella Law Offices on June 10, 2021

Car dashboard and speedometerBlack boxes, or event data recorders (EDRs), are often mentioned after tragic plane crashes, but these devices are actually incredible common in day-to-day life. All modern semi-trucks are legally required to have black boxes in order to collect data about collisions, and most car manufacturers now add black boxes into their vehicles. If you bought a car in the past decade, it may include a black box that contains important information about any collision you experience.

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