The Law Office of Bardsley & Gray wants to warn Southern Massachusetts drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving as we approach the New Year. According to sources, New Years Eve is the 7th most deadly day for drivers due to the high number of people commuting to see friends and family to ring in the new year. An average of 130 deaths occur on New Years Eve as a result of driving under the influence.

In Massachusetts, nearly 1,370 people lost their lives between 2003 and 2012. These could have been prevented if the individuals at fault were more aware of the repercussions as well as the rules that dictate what drunk driving is.

Understanding Massachusetts DUI Laws

As with many other states around the country, driving under the influence is calculated by determining an individual’s BAC — or Blood Alcohol Content. BAC is the amount of alcohol in your system at one time, not necessarily the number of drinks you’ve had. Each type of alcoholic drink is different. Wine and beer have different alcohol percentages, for instance. Massachusetts states that if the driver has a BAC of 0.08% or higher and are 21 years or older and are operating a motor vehicle, this is driving under the influence and is a criminal offence.

The state of Massachusetts also has an open container law. This law states that it is illegal to have an opened alcoholic beverage container in the car while the car is moving, standing, or parked. It doesn’t matter if the bottle or can is finished or not, or whether someone is holding it or not (including a passengers) — either situation results in a $100 – $500 fine.

When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney

If you find yourself in a motor vehicle accident and the driver is found to be under the influence of drunks or alcohol, contact our New Bedford personal injury attorneys today. Driving under the influence not only creates a dangerous situation for the driver and all passengers, but also for other drivers on the road, even pedestrians and bicyclists. Contact the Law Office of Bardsley & Gray today for a free half hour consultation.

Thousands of Americans file for bankruptcy every year, many of whom do so around or after the holiday season. Although filing is never a fun process to admit to your friends, family and peers, there is a silver lining to it; you can restructure your finances and start again.

However, filing for bankruptcy doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. There are rules that apply and strict guidelines you need to follow. At the Law Office of Bardsley & Gray, we’re here to help you understand the more complicated aspects of filing for bankruptcy in New Bedford MA and surrounding areas.

Bankruptcy will disrupt your credit for quite some time after filing. In fact, Chapter 7 bankruptcy will stay on your credit report for a decade. Any additional property aside from your permanent residence will be sold in order to help you get out of debt. Other luxury possessions you have will also most likely need to be sold. If you are one to have multiple or many credit cards, filing for bankruptcy will cause you to lose all of these in exchange for using more cash. When filing for Chapter 7, you cannot file for another Chapter 7 for another six years. It may also be harder for you to file a second or third time. If you are currently paying alimony or child support from a previous divorce, you must continue paying even though you are declaring bankruptcy. Student loans are not exempt when filing; you must still find a way to pay for your student debt.

Although these are negative aspects to filing for bankruptcy, our New Bedford bankruptcy lawyers are here to help you navigate through the process. The benefits outweigh the setbacks when it comes to trying to find a solution for your debt issues. Contact our New Bedford lawyers today for a free half hour consultation.

Personal injury cases are tricky, even if it’s blatant that the other party caused your injury. Without the help of a personal injury attorney in New Bedford MA, your chances of winning the appropriate amount of compensation could dwindle.

Sometimes the other party may reject the claim that they have caused your injury. In this case, a personal injury lawyer will need to step in to help determine who is at fault and prove that you are in the right. The first step is determining which type of fault this case encompasses.

Four Levels of Fault in Personal Injury Cases Negligence is when a careless action occurs which results in an injury. For example, your coworker may have made you operate a machine you didn’t know how to use, leading to an injury. Recklessness is when one party was willfully disregarding your safety. For example, you coworker or even a family member may have taken you out for a spin on their new motorcycle and crashed, resulting in your injury. Intentional Misconduct more complex than the previous two faults, intentional misconduct may occur due to a faulty product or service. Strict Liability also a very complicated issue, strict liability can also happen in the event of a faulty product or misguided service that results in a personal injury. When Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

Before accepting any money from another individual or company due to an accident, you should consult a personal injury lawyer in New Bedford first, such as the Law Office or Bardsley & Gray. Our personal injury attorneys will make sure that you are paid appropriate compensation for your injuries.

Sometimes you won’t know the extent of your injury until weeks or even months later. What may have just seemed like a simple bump on the head could turn out to be more serious than originally thought. This is when it’s time to get an attorney involved.

If you have even the smallest notion that you’ve been unjustly injured on the job or elsewhere, contact our New Bedford personal injury lawyers today for a free half hour consultation.

Halloween is always one of the most highly anticipated holidays for children: they get to dress up, stay up later than usual, and eat a ton of candy. For parents however Halloween can be both fun and nerve wracking.

Last year there were over 6,300 pedestrian deaths, many of which unfortunately occurred on Halloween and other holidays such as New Years and Independence Day. At the Law Office of Bardsley & Gray, our personal injury attorneys want to give some sound advice to parents and motorists this Halloween.

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. It doesn’t matter how busy the neighborhood or street is. For older kids, make sure they coordinate with you what neighborhoods they will be in and when they plan on returning home. Be sure one of them has a phone to contact you. Kids should be told to only approach homes that have a light on and never enter a home or car they do not recognize. For motorists, keep a lookout for children walking along the road or for kids standing on curbs looking to cross the street. Double check before entering or exiting a driveway or parking lot as there could be children walking on the sidewalk. While trick-or-treating, children should only travel on roads familiar to them, as well as be in well-lighted areas. Kids should travel in groups, otherwise parents should accompany them. Costumes should not impede your children from walking or seeing properly in order to avoid slips and falls. They should also be fire-resistant. Have at least one reflective item on the costume if your child plans on staying out after sunset. This will help motorists see your child! Make sure no candy is eaten until your child returns home; any unwrapped candy should be throw away.

Have a wonderful time dressing up and trick-or-treating this year! Our New Bedford personal injury attorneys want everyone to have a safe Halloween. If there is ever an accident, please contact our law office for a free half hour consultation.

Personal injury cases range quite broadly and each state has a different definition of what personal injury entails. In Massachusetts, whenever a defendant has shown negligence by any means and has caused an injury to you or a loved one, this is grounds for a personal injury case.

Common Personal Injury Cases Automobile accidents and motorcycle accidents are the most common personal injury cases in Massachusetts. At the Law Office of Bardsley & Gray, our New Bedford attorneys determine to what extent the defendant was at fault and what compensation you should be awarded in order to pay for medical bills and other losses. Medical malpractice is another common personal injury claim filed in the state of Massachusetts. Unfortunately doctors may prescribe the wrong drugs, operate on the wrong limb, or leave surgical instruments inside an incision. Pedestrian accidents happen all too frequently here in New Bedford due to negligent drunk or distracted drivers. These cases can often be severe and lead to mounting medical bills. It’s important to get the proper compensation so you can return to your daily activities and job. Dog bite injuries are another common personal injury case. Dog attacks can be extensive and serious, and if the owner is found to be guilty of negligence, then our law office will make sure you get the help you need to recover as quickly as possible.

If you’ve been a victim of any of the following accidents, contact our New Bedford personal injury attorneys today.