Stephen M. Di Stefano

Stephen M. Di Stefano

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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

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.

Red-Light Cameras: Making Roads Safer or More Dangerous?

Posted in Injury Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents

A recent news article indicates that a New Jersey township has ended its use of red-light cameras. As many know, red-light cameras have sprung up in many cities and towns throughout the state. Proponents of the cameras says that the cameras help limit accidents and make roads safer by snapping photos of drivers who run red lights at dangerous intersections. Critics of the red-light cameras argue that the cameras are only a way for local governments to generate revenue to close gaps in their municipal budgets.

New Jersey Woman Filed Suite Against Dunkin’ Donuts After Being Scalded

Posted in Injury Law

A New Jersey woman, Jennifer Fragoso, recently filed suit against Dunkin’ Donuts after she claims that a cup of the coffee and donut chain’s hot apple cider spilled into her lap and scalded her thighs. The lawsuit was filed on February 11 against Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. and the franchise owner, Anju Donuts, Inc. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff visited a local Dunkin’ Donuts store on September 24, 2012 and ordered a cup of hot apple cider.

Revisiting Safe Winter Driving

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Now that we are well into one of the coldest and snowiest winters in the last few years, let’s revisit the issue of safe winter driving. Remember to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, especially from the hood, windows, and roof. It’s the law in New Jersey! Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle.

Driving Safety During “Polar Vortex”

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

After two recent snowstorms and with temperatures dipping to record lows in the region, it is clear that winter is well underway here in the Delaware Valley. Drivers and pedestrians must now take extra precautions when traveling in slippery conditions. Ice frequently looks like standing water and is especially dangerous to drivers and pedestrians alike because it can be so hard to see. Accordingly, walkers and runners should be extra vigilant for ice.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Posted in Injury Law

Oftentimes, when people hear the words “personal injury,” images of car accidents come to mind. However, few realize that car accidents account for only one type of personal injury cases. Slip and fall injuries due to the negligence of business owners and property owners account for many personal injury cases in the US each year. For example, an injured person recently won a personal injury jury trial in Florida against Wal-Mart.

The Dangers Associated with City Buses

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

City buses are a common presence in daily life. Many of us rely on SEPTA or New Jersey Transit buses to take us where we need to go. Oftentimes, they are a safe and cost effective alternative to taking your own car to your next destination. However, when a bus is involved in a collision with another vehicle, a bicycle, or a pedestrian, the consequences can be catastrophic.