Stephen M. Di Stefano

Stephen M. Di Stefano

Stephen M. Di Stefano is an Associate and member of Stark & Stark’s Accident & Personal Injury Group. Prior to joining Stark & Stark Mr. Di Stefano served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James E. Rafferty, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division for Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem Counties. During the time of his clerkship, Mr. Di Stefano reviewed all submissions ranging from motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment to motions in limine and post trial motions. Mr. Di Stefano also conducted extensive research and prepared written judicial opinions, including findings of fact and conclusions of law.

Posts by Stephen M. Di Stefano

New Jersey Red Light Traffic Camera

Posted in Community, Injury Law, Legal Updates

As many drivers know, New Jersey’s red light traffic camera program proved to be a controversial topic of conversation.  Some people felt that the cameras saved lives by reducing the number of car accidents.  Others believed the cameras amounted to too much of a governmental intrusion into people’s private lives, almost like Big Brother watching… Continue Reading

Be Careful of Trip Hazards and Slip Hazards Inside and Outside

Posted in Injury Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall

Now that winter is well underway, it is important to remind everyone to be careful not only when walking outside but also to be cautious when walking inside places, especially public buildings.  Ice and snow on a customer’s shoes can easily become a major slip hazard when it gets tracked into a supermarket, retail store,… Continue Reading

Guardrails Can Help and Hinder During a Vehicle Accident

Posted in Injury Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Injury

Guardrails are a common occurrence.  They are a vital safety component on thousands of highways and roadways across the country.  They are designed to protect vehicles from leaving the road as well as to lessen the severity of a crash.  Many motorists do not even take notice of them.  Guardrail energy absorbing end terminals are… Continue Reading

Safety Issues- Proper Exterior Lighting

Posted in Injury Law

Now that the summer is over and autumn is upon us, it is important to remind everyone of an important safety issue: proper exterior lighting.  As the sun sets earlier and earlier, you must remember to adjust the lights outside of your homes and businesses to protect yourselves and visitors.  An errant garden hose leftover… Continue Reading

Consequences of Texting and Driving the “Kulesh, Kubert and Bolis’ Law”

Posted in Injury Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents

Under a new law called the “Kulesh, Kubert and Bolis’ Law,” proof that a defendant was operating a hand-held wireless telephone while driving a motor vehicle may give rise to the presumption that the defendant was engaged in reckless driving. Prosecutors are empowered to charge the offender with committing vehicular homicide or assault when such type of accident occurs from reckless driving. Vehicular homicide is generally a crime of the second degree, punishable by imprisonment of five to ten years, a fine of up to $150,000, or both. Assault by auto is a crime of the fourth degree if serious bodily injury occurs and a disorderly persons offense if bodily injury occurs. A fourth degree crime is punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. The penalty for a disorderly persons offense is imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

Truck and Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Trucks and commercial vehicles are a part of everyday life. No matter what road you are driving on, the chances are good that you will see a tractor trailer or some other truck sharing the roadway with you. Most truck drivers are safe and follow the rules of the road. But sometimes trucks cause accidents, and when they do, the results can be catastrophic. Here are two such examples.

Mother Sues After Son is Bitten by a Dog

Posted in Injury Law

In the wintertime, I usually post a few blogs about the dangers of ice and snow to pedestrians and drivers. Now that summer is starting and more people are outside with their pets, it’s time to discuss another issue that can pose a danger to pedestrians, walkers, and runners: dog bites. Although many people’s dogs are no threat to strangers, there often is a rise in reported dog bite incidents during warmer weather months when animals and humans tend to be outside more often. Recently, a 15-year old boy in Illinois was riding home from school on his bike when he stopped to talk to some friends. During that time, a 120-pound bullmastiff which had escaped from its owner’s yard pulled the boy off his bike and attacked him. The dog continued to attack the boy for about 5 minutes until a neighbor subdued the dog. The victim suffered serious bite wounds, which required two surgeries. His physical injuries resulted in permanent scarring. He also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder for which he underwent psychological counseling. His medical expenses totaled about $70,600.

What to do if You are Injured in a Car Accident in New Jersey

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents, unfortunately, are a fairly common occurrence in daily life. With the rise of the popularity of smart phones and other communication devices, car accidents have become even more frequent. What should you do if you are in a car accident? It sounds like a simple question, but you might be surprised to know that many people don’t know what to do when a car accident occurs. The information below is merely a guide on what you may want to do if you are involved in a car accident.