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Darin Colucci Wins Newsweek’s Best Personal Injury Lawyer Award for Fourth Year in a Row

Darin Colucci Recognized as One of the Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Fourth Consecutive Year

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Dino M. Colucci named one of The Best Lawyers in America

We’re proud to announce that our own Dino M. Colucci has been selected to appear in the 2017 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America®” legal referral guide.

The Best Lawyers in America®” exists to help members of the public find the top lawyers in their area. Established attorneys are asked if they had to choose an attorney to represent themselves, their colleagues or their loved ones, who would they want in their corner.

“I’m grateful to receive this award and accept it on behalf of everyone at our firm who works tirelessly to help the clients we’re honored to represent,” said Dino M. Colucci.

Lawyers can not vote for themselves, partners or family members. The honor is based on merit and attorneys do not pay any sort of fee to appear in the listing.

This will be the 23rd edition of the publication and Dino M. Colucci is listed in the section for personal injury litigation. The first edition of “The Best Lawyers in America®” was published in 1983.

Good work Dino, we’re glad to have your name out in front on our shingle.


Outside factors can affect car accidents

We have all heard that accidents happen, and while this may be true, accidents including car accidents are always caused by something. A child spilling milk is an accident in the sense that the child likely did not mean to make a mess, but at the same time the accident was directly caused by the child doing something that resulted in the spilled milk. The same can be said of car accidents. Even though they may happen unintentionally, there is usually someone who was doing something that was the catalyst to the car accident.

Often, we turn toward the drivers involved in the car accident and attempt to determine which of these drivers was engaging in reckless or negligent driving behaviors. However, there are accidents in which neither driver was truly at fault. In these instances, we must look to factors outside of the drivers themselves to determine who was at fault. There can be many options.

Sometimes a driver was allowing plenty of space to stop in the event of unexpected circumstances, and yet even though they see an obstacle and attempt to stop, they cannot because their brakes fail. In this instance, the driver was not at fault, but the vehicle itself. If the driver knew that his or her brake pads might fail, then the driver should have made an attempt to fix the problem. However, if the driver did not know about the defective brake pads, an investigation could be launched to determine if the manufacturer of the vehicle is at fault for using defective brake pads.

Similarly, poorly maintained roads could contribute to an accident, as well as traffic signals that do not work as intended. All of these factors must be considered when investigating a car accident to determine who was truly at fault. This is yet another reason that victims are encouraged to seek legal assistance, so that they are able to fully investigate all factors and determine who or what was truly at fault. If you have been injured in a car accident in Massachusetts, consider meeting with an attorney to build a strong claim for compensation.

Recent DUI Accidents Highlight Dangers of Drunk Driving

An average of 124 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities occurred in the state of Massachusetts during 2012, according to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. This equates to 1.9 alcohol-impaired fatalities per 100,000 population. The true representation of the driving under the influence statistics in Massachusetts lies in the arrest data, which reveals more than 8,000 DUI arrests during the same time period.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is a serious issue across the state. Fatalities aside, DUI crashes cause a range of serious injuries that leave a lasting financial and medical impact on the victims.

If you or a family member is dealing with accident-related injuries and you are looking for an experienced Boston personal-injury lawyer to advise you on the best way to proceed, give us a call. At Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. we are dedicated to defending the rights of the injured. Call us today at 617-698-0253 to set up a consultation.

Drunk Driver Totals Ford Pickup

Sippican Week reports that a Wareham man was arrested on Monday night on charges of drunk driving. The charges relate to a Route 28 car accident, during which the man totaled his vehicle. Rochester police found a demolished Ford pickup truck at the scene.

A witness at the scene told police the driver had run into the nearby forest. Local Massachusetts environmental police found the driver hiding in the woods nearby and arrested him.

Police arrested the driver and took him to Tobey Hospital for treatment. He is being held without bail and remains under police guard at the hospital. He faces charges related to speeding, reckless operation of a vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash, operating an uninsured vehicle and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Police found a number of full and empty beer cans in the vehicle. They confirm that this is the man’s second DUI arrest since March this year.

Pedestrian Accident Driver Jailed

Gloucester Times reports that a man charged in a Halloween car crash involving a pedestrian will remain in jail. The crash seriously injured a 38-year-old man. The driver of the vehicle received $5,000 cash bail in Gloucester District Court. However, the man violated an outstanding probation term.

The driver remains jailed while the victim remains hospitalized with serious injuries that officials say are potentially life threatening. A full investigation into the accident is underway, and the driver will appear again in court on the various charges soon.

A car accident can cause serious injuries, but there is no reason why you should struggle through these alone. At Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C., we have many years of personal-injury law experience. Call us today at 617-698-0253 to set up an appointment if you are looking for assistance from a respected Boston personal-injury attorney. We will work with you to identify all possible outcomes of your case and attempt to recover compensation for medical bills and lost wages.

Massachusetts Bus Driver Charged With DUI

People who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol are responsible for a large number of car accidents in the United States each year. The state of Massachusetts in no exception. According to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, there are approximately 120 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Massachusetts each year and many more injuries.

If a driver’s negligence causes injury or death, the victims may be entitled to compensation. At Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C., we help ensure these victims receive the payout they deserve. Call us today at 617-698-6000, and we will explain the legal options that are available to you and your family. You may find the advice of a Boston personal injury lawyer invaluable.

Bus Driver Held Without Bail on DUI Charges

7 News reports that a 59-year-old man from Massachusetts has been arrested and detained without bail on charges of operating a school bus while under the influence. According to the article, the bus was transporting high-school students at the time. The man appeared in court on charges of driving under the influence, where he delivered a plea of not guilty.

Police say that the bus contained 25 members of a high-school cross country team, as well as coaches. The passengers noticed the driver operating the vehicle erratically. According to reports, he was speeding and drove through several red traffic lights. Witnesses say that the driver failed to take the passengers to a restaurant where they instructed him to stop.

Court records indicate that this is the man’s third driving under the influence arrest. According to his lawyer, the last arrest for DUI was more than 25 years ago.

Police say the driver failed a field sobriety test. He will be in custody until his next court appearance.

Massachusetts Man Charged With DUI After Accident

CSNNE reports that a man has been charged with driving under the influence following a car crash in Barnstable, Massachusetts. According to the article, a police officer noticed a vehicle travelling 80 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. Before the officer had the opportunity to pursue the suspect, the speeding car struck a pole and rolled over in the middle of the road.

Officers charged the 21-year-old man with negligent operation, speeding and driving under the influence. He was not injured in the crash and has since been released on bail pending a full investigation.

Driving under the influence is one of the most common forms of negligence that lead to car accidents. In these cases, victims may benefit from the guidance of a personal injury attorney.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver, contact Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. We have many years of experience fighting for DUI victims in court, and we can assess your case to determine if you have a legitimate claim. Call us today at 617-698-6000 to set up an appointment with a personal injury attorney.

Bicycle Accident Rates on the Rise in Boston

Bicycle usage in the greater Boston area is on the increase. According to the City Of Boston, bicycle ridership showed an increase of 122 percent between 2007 and 2009, and recent figures indicate the trend is growing along those lines. With the increase in both recreational and commuter cyclists on the city’s roads, it is obvious that there will be an increase in the number of injuries and fatalities reported, as well. Recent statistics suggest that the current bicycle crash rate is one crash per 1,030 miles, and 37 percent of all bicycle crashes involve a car.

If you have been involved in an accident, then Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. may be able to help. We are an experienced personal-injury law firm, and we have a track record of successful injury lawsuits. If you are looking to recover costs for an injury as a result of an accident, call us at 617-698-6000 to see how we can help you. An experienced Boston personal-injury lawyer will assess your situation and provide expert advice.

Cyclist Killed by Dump Truck

According to Boston CBS Local, a cyclist died after being hit by a truck in the suburb of Wrentham. According to the article, the accident occurred at a busy intersection in the early evening, and police suspect that it was the result of the cyclist being blinded by a solar glare. Investigators believe the cyclist turned in front of the truck, which was travelling in the opposite direction, and the driver was unable to avoid the cyclist.

After striking the cyclist, the truck veered off the road and into the nearby forest. It sheared off an entire telephone pole before coming to a stop. The truck driver called 911, and local police responded shortly after. The driver of the truck was uninjured; however, the cyclist was declared dead on the scene.

According to locals, the stretch of road is a common accident zone. Still, police are investigating the truck for abnormalities or faults before making any conclusions.

Bicycle Fatalities on the Rise

The Boston Globe reports that there has been a marked increase in bicycle-related accidents in the greater Boston region, particularly in the city’s suburbs.

According to the article, cycling collisions in Boston’s suburbs have nearly tripled. Of these accidents, approximately 70 percent resulted in injuries. The article suggests that the increase is a result in the enthusiastic uptake of cycling as a means of transport in the state, which has been widely encouraged by local government officials.

Local cyclists and activists are now calling for more safety measures to be introduced to curb the increase in accidents and injuries. However, it is believed that a combination of speed, congestion and an increase in numbers are behind the heightened risk that cyclists face on the city roads.

Injuries obtained as a result of a cycling accident can be serious and debilitating, and extremely costly to treat. If you have been involved in an accident, a personal-injury attorney might be able to help you recover damages. A personal-injury lawyer will work with you directly to assess your situation and establish the best way to proceed. Call us today at 617-698-6000 to schedule an appointment.

Motorcycle Accidents in Massachusetts

If you ride a motorcycle, you are more at risk of serious injury or death than if you are in a vehicle. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2001 and 2008 reveals alarming figures. During this time period, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed in the United States as a result of a crash, with the highest death rates among 20- to 24-year-olds. The number of injuries incurred as a result of motorcycle accidents was significantly higher, with an estimated 1,222,000 individuals treated for non-fatal injuries from motorcycle accidents.

Many of these accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclists themselves. The risk of injury is a reality that most motorcycle drivers accept, but if you have been involved in an accident and have suffered serious injuries as a result, Colucci, Collucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. wants to hear from you. If a car or truck driver has acted negligently and caused you to be involved in an accident, we will defend your rights and seek compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Massachusetts, set up an appointment with a personal-injury lawyer today by calling (617) 698-6000.

Massachusetts Turnpike Closed After Motorcycle Crash

Mass Live reports that a motorcyclist was serious injured and both lanes of the busy Massachusetts Turnpike were closed after a serious accident took place near exit 12. According to police, the accident happened in the early evening hours. It involved a 46-year-old Tennessee man.

The man apparently lost control of his Kawasaki motorcycle and crashed into the westbound lane. The accident is still under investigation. Fortunately, no other vehicles were reported to be directly involved in the accident.

The man was transported to the UMass Memorial Medical Center by a Med Flight helicopter, where he was treated for serious injuries.

Deadly Motorcycle Accident on Massachusetts Road

WWLP reports that a section of Route 5 was closed after a serious accident involving a car, motorcycle and SUV. According to the report, the accident took place late on Friday night on Northampton Street close to the intersection with Vadnais Street, and parts of the road had to be closed to allow emergency services and accident investigation teams to attend to the scene.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing; however, eye witnesses report seeing the mangled wreckage of the three vehicles and at least one dead body. Another victim was seen being loaded into the back of an ambulance.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident and have suffered serious injuries as a result, call us today to schedule a consultation with a personal-injury attorney from Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. We have recovered high-value awards for our clients, with many exceeding $1 million, and we want to do the same for you. Call us today on (617) 698-6000 for a no-obligation, free consultation.

Deaths of Teen and CIA Contractor Lead to Lawsuits

Personal-injury law covers a wide range of cases, but among the more complex and severe are those related to wrongful death. The plaintiffs in wrongful death cases typically are the family members of people who died due to the negligence of an individual or business. The success of these lawsuits depends on a number of factors, and today, we look at two cases that recently took place in Massachusetts, one of which is still ongoing.

If you have been involved in an incident that requires the assistance and expertise of a personal-injury lawyer, Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. can help. Our experienced law firm deals with cases across the personal-injury spectrum, and we are industry leaders in this field. Give us a call today to set up an appointment at 617-698-6000.

Mother of Teen Killed by Car During Police Confrontation Receives Compensation

The mother of teenager Delano Walker has received $1.3 million in compensation following a wrongful-death lawsuit. According to Mass Live, the teenager was struck by a vehicle while in a confrontation with law enforcement. Eye witnesses claim a police officer grabbed Walker’s throat, and as he spun to avoid the confrontation, he ended up in the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Police testified that Walker was combative and resistant to their attempts to get him to cease a phone call. However, after seven hours of deliberations in the court case, it was determined that the officer had violated the young man’s rights. The original suit filed by the teenager’s mother cited violations of his civil rights, the use of excessive force, reckless intent, assault and wrongful death.

Massachusetts Family Suing Government for Wrongful Death

In a landmark case, a local Massachusetts family is suing the government for the death of their son, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor who was killed in Benghazi, Libya. According to NECN, the family is seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and state department, alleging that there was inadequate security at the United States diplomatic post and at the CIA compound when it came under attack in 2012.

At this stage, the state and the CIA have declined to comment, but the family has said they have tried repeatedly to reach out to the government to reach a resolution. According to the family, legal action was the only possible way to resolve what they believe to be a wrongful death that resulted from the negligence of these organizations.

If you live in Boston or another city in Massachusetts and have been involved in a case of wrongful death, Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. can help you seek compensation. We have the experience to negotiate fair compensation with defendants, and we are not afraid to take a case to trial. If you would like to discuss your case with a qualified personal-injury attorney, call our office at 617-698-6000 to arrange a consultation.

The Link Between Marijuana and Car Accidents

The general consensus is Massachusetts will be among the next wave of states to legalize marijuana. The Huffington Post explains our state has already decriminalized the drug and legalized it for medical use.As well, poll results show approximately half of the state supports the taxation and regulation of legalized cannabis. These facts raise obvious concerns for residents, namely the effect it will have on the safety of our roads.

The link between marijuana use and car accidents is highly contested in the media. Some experts claim the drug is just as dangerous as alcohol among drivers, warning the number of crashes will skyrocket as more states legalize it.

Some researchers say approximately 25 percent of traffic fatalities involve drug use. Others counter that marijuana users are better than drunk drivers because they tend to realize they are impaired and slow down or take extra care while driving.

Research Indicates Cannabis Produces Genuine Impairment

However, most experts agree: Marijuana can affect decision making, impede multitasking and obstruct peripheral vision. The exact extent of the impairment is less important than the fact that impairment exists.

Most researchers conclude there is no way to know the effect of legalization for certain until it happens. Even so, anecdotal evidence suggests cannabis use can lead to car accidents in some situations.

In any case, when an impaired driver causes a car accident that injures an innocent pedestrian or motorist, the victim deserves compensation. At Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin, P.C., we are committed to help accident victims whether the driver was drunk, high or otherwise distracted. We carefully analyze all the cases we accept, and we conduct thorough investigations to maximize compensation.

If you are ready to speak with an experienced personal-injury lawyer in Boston, call us at (617) 698-6000.

Driver Admits to Smoking Marijuana After Striking Cyclist

Dispatch News reports Tj Justice was driving home from the grocery store when he struck a cyclist. Police interviewed Justice, who said he’d used the drug the previous night.

In response, officers conducted a blood test and found Justice most likely smoked the day the accident occurred. Police also reported Justice was speeding by as much as 10 mph. The cyclist, Eldridge Griffith, died at the hospital from his injuries.

Prosecutors looked into the case and found police had cited Justice for driving while intoxicated four times, but they weren’t sure a judge would allow that information in court. Furthermore, surveillance video shows it was possible that Justice couldn’t see the cyclist because of another driver.

Although Justice will not face any criminal charges for the crash, Griffith’s family could still file a lawsuit against him. If you are worried you won’t find justice through a criminal trial after a car accident with an impaired driver, let a personal-injury lawyer from our firm help. Contact us at (617) 698-6000.

Massachusetts Tops Newest List of States With the Worst Drivers

In a report that surprises no one living in the state, Allstate named two cities in Massachusetts as the worst for driving. Newsday reports that Boston was the second most accident-prone city in the nation in 2012. The insurance company explains that drivers in large cities must contend with unique problems related to population density such as more pedestrians and worse rush-hour traffic. Bostonians must also deal with a high rate of drunk and distracted drivers.

These factors have led to a high number of crashes and a high percentage of injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 108,379 car accidents in Massachusetts in 2012. That number represents an increase of 1,000 accidents over the previous year. Those crashes caused a total of 4,384 serious injuries and 349 deaths.

Police Arrest School-Bus Driver for Driving Under the Influence

Drunk driving is a serious and growing problem in our country, and the issue is spreading into many areas of society. FOX News reports that a bus driver faces DUI charges after allegedly driving children to school while intoxicated. What’s most frightening is the driver may not have been caught if not for the fact that an officer happened to notice a slight driving problem.

The officer said he witnessed the driver, Tammy Costello, swerve onto the shoulder of the road. The officer decided to follow the bus. At the school, children told the officer that Costello had been driving recklessly and struck several curbs while taking turns. He interviewed Costello and asked her to perform several sobriety tests. She failed all of the tests, and a blood test measured her blood alcohol level at .134 percent. The legal limit while driving a commercial vehicle is .04 percent.

Every year, drunk drivers injure thousands of innocent motorists and pedestrians. Those victims are left to suffer the consequences, and they may find it difficult to secure the compensation they need to pay for medical treatment and to replace lost wages at work.

If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver and are looking for a Boston personal injury lawyer to help you find compensation, call us. At Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin, P.C., we offer free consultations to negligent driving victims. To learn more, call (617) 698-6000.

Costello Faces More Than 20 Charges

She faces one count of “risk of injury to a minor” for every child on her bus. She also faces a DUI charge. Both the school and the bus company have issued statements condemning Costello’s behavior and assuring parents they are cooperating with police. Everyone involved is thankful police caught her before she caused an accident and injured the children on her bus.

If you are looking for a reliable firm to handle your personal injury lawsuit, let us help. We can arrange a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Just call (617) 698-6000.