Tuesday, February 22, 2011


In Massachusetts, those pesky speeding tickets do not just result in a fine. Depending on the citation, it can be one or more surcharges that cause your insurance to skyrocket.
But even beyond the surcharges, the possibility of a suspension to your drivers license is looming overhead.

3 Speeding tickets in one year: If you have a lead foot, beware!! 3 speeding tickets in one year result in a suspension.

3 surchargeable incidents in 2 years: This suspension recently replaced the previous 5 surchargeable events suspension. Though this is harsh, it is possible to take the National Motorist Class to avoid suspension.

7 Surchargeable incidents in 3 years: Any combination of 7 surcharges will result in this suspension.

12 surchargeables in 5 years: The dreaded habitual suspension, this can cause a loss of license for 4 years!!! Criminal convictions are weighted differently for the purpose of this suspension, so make sure you keep track of each.

Junior Operator Speeding: If you are under 18 and convicted of speeding, you are looking at an automatic loss of license, even if your appeal hearing happens after your 18th Birthday. A second ticket can cause an even longer suspension, so make sure these tickets are appealed!

Appealing the tickets is a good way to avoid expensive surcharges and lengthy periods of suspensions. If you have any questions on these types of suspensions or are seeking counsel, contact my office.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Weather Out There is Frightful!

The past month has been treacherous, weather wise. Leaving roads slippery, sidewalks icy and roof's covered in snow. With the current messy conditions, accidents are often unavoidable.

If you are in an accident, it is very important to assess whether you are hurt and seek any necessary medical treatment. In addition, there are some other steps you can take in case you need to make a claim for injuries.

1. File an accident report. With car accidents, depending on the amount of damage, it may be required. In slip and fall accidents, it is important to document that the accident occurred and that it was reported.

2. Take pictures. Everyone has a camera phone these days. Snap a few pictures of any damage that has occurred, or the conditions that caused the accident to happen. It can help in a number of ways down the line.

3. Talk to witnesses. If you can get the names and numbers of any witnesses, it could be very helpful to any possible claim.

4. Contant an attorney. Even if you do not wish to make a claim, you may have questions about insurance surcharges, property damage, or medical bills.

Kelly Broadbent
Nelson & Broadbent
160 Doyle Road
Holden, MA 01520
(508) 425-7230

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