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What to Do After a Commercial Truck Accident

Tractor Trailer Truck Accident and Fatal Trucking Accident Questions

Truck accidents are responsible for countless injuries and deaths throughout HowardFatal Truck Accident County and the state of Maryland. Knowing what to do if you are involved in a trucking accident could affect your, health, your injury claim and the amount of compensation you receive.

The most important thing is preserving your physical and mental health. The first thing you need to do is make sure you are alright, and then check on the condition of others. Remember, if someone is injured, and not in imminent danger, call 911 and let the medical professionals move and handle any injuries. You do not want to unnecessarily exacerbate a serious medical condition. Common injuries from trucking accidents include head injury, back injury, neck injury, damage to spinal cords, brain injury, and compound fractures (broken bones), as well as soft tissue injuries such as whiplash. Moreover, in many instances, injuries may not manifest themselves immediately; therefore, you should seek medical attention after an accident, even if you think you feel alright.

Once you have taken steps to ensure there are no health risks, you should report the trucking accident by calling the police. Be sure to note the name of the police officer reporting to the accident scene. Recall the events as best you can recollect, and as soon as possible after the accident, write down notes while things are still fresh in you mind.

The next step should be to identify witnesses. If possible, obtain the names and contact information for any witnesses, including bystanders or anyone who stopped to assist. Witnesses may be valuable if there is a dispute regarding the truck accident.

The next thing you should do, if possible, is take pictures. Use your phone if necessary. Pictures can be valuable, as they will record the scene, position and damage of the vehicles, weather conditions, etc. Remember, cars and trucks will be moved and likely repaired. This is your chance to document the condition of the accident scene and the vehicles. Also, ask the police if they can take pictures when they arrive.

Only talk to the police and answer their questions. Do not discuss the truck accident with anyone else, especially an insurance agent or claims adjuster until you have received advice and representation from an experienced personal injury attorney. Anything you say to anyone else will not help you, but may hurt you. Statements may be designed to be used against you when taken out of context.

Keep records of anything related to the accident, including medical records, bills, etc. relating to the truck accident.

And, of course, retain counsel from an experienced Maryland personal injury and truck accident lawyer.

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To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your truck accident injuries.

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Ellicott City 18 Wheeler Wreck Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Bike Riders Injured in Howard County Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Accident on I-95 Sends Two to Hospital

Two motorcycles and a jeep were involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, June 10, 2012 on northbound Interstate 95 in Howard County. The two motorcycle riders were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, one in critical and the other in serious condition, according to The Baltimore Sun. The driver of the jeep was not injured.

Three of the northbound lanes of I-95 were closed for 45 minutes after the motorcycle crash. Police had not determined the cause of the motorcycle accident.

Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

Bike riders often sustain more traumatic injuries, and even deaths, than occupants of cars and trucks. Motorcyclists don’t have the protection of a motor vehicle and may be thrown from motorcycle to the pavement with such force as to cause traumatic internal injuries, fractures, and head injuries — even if they are wearing helmets.

Many drivers of cars and trucks are oblivious to motorcycles. That’s why motorcycle organizations have launched a campaign to “share the road” in an effort to heighten motor vehicle – motorcycle safety awareness.

Howard County Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated motorcycle accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled motorcycle accident cases, including fatal motorcycle accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in motorcycle accidents and other accident cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Ellicott City and Columbia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If a driver’s negligence or carelessness has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member in a motorcycle accident in Howard County, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer and motorcycle accident attorney. Jonathan Scott Smith will fight for you, and help you obtain justice. Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation.

Driver Killed on I-70 in Howard County Fatal Car Accident

Head-On Collision Accident in Car Leaves Driver Dead

A driver driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Howard County collided head on with another vehicle on Friday, June 15, 2012. According to The Baltimore Sun, Taurence McDonald of Catonsville was driving a 2007 Dodge Dakota pickup east in the westbound lanes when he struck a 1998 Buick Regal head-on. The collision resulted in the death of the Buick’s driver, Timothy Constantinides, of Damascus, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Maryland State Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash; criminal and traffic charges are pending.

Maryland Fatal Car Accidents

Tragically, the most recent government statistics available indicate that there were 547 traffic fatalities in Maryland annually. Behind these numbers are families who have lost loved ones. Often, this horrible result is caused by another driver’s carelessness. It is difficult to understand how a driver could travel the wrong way on any road, but particularly a major, divided interstate such as I-70 in Howard County.

Wrongful Death Claims for Fatal Car Crashes

Some fatal car accidents result in criminal charges, but this usually involves alcohol and/or excessive speed. Without a substantial aggravating factor, many wrongdoers only face minor traffic charges. This is difficult for the families of lost loved ones to understand, and often prevents them from feeling that justice was done.

There are other options to hold a negligent driver responsible if they cause another’s death. While nothing can replace a lost loved one, the law does provide for legal claims for wrongful death of a loved one in a fatal car accident. A wrongful death lawsuit includes the right to request compensation for:

  • Medical Expenses.
  • Funeral Bills.
  • Lost income or earnings.
  • The victim’s injuries, and pain and suffering, before their death.
  • Family members’ loss of the relationship, including emotional pain and suffering, and loss of companionship, advice, counsel, and comfort.

Howard County Wrongful Death Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated car accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. As you can see by his background, Mr. Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled wrongful death cases, including fatal car accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in fatal car accidents and other cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Ellicott City and Columbia Car Accident Attorney

If a driver’s negligence or carelessness has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member in a fatal car accident in Howard County, you need an experienced wrongful death lawyer and car accident attorney. Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragic loss, and help you obtain justice and closure. Call 410-740-0101now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation.

Police Officer Injured in Howard County Car Accident

Police Officer Injured in Car Crash Accident

On June 11, 2012, Sgt. Roch DeFrances of the Howard County Police Department was traveling westbound on Baltimore National Pike (Route 40) in Ellicott City in his police car, a 2012 Dodge Charger. Just after 10:30 p.m., a 2009 Hyundai Sante Fe allegedlyHoward County Car Accident turned from the eastbound lanes at the intersection with Marriottsville Road and failed to yield the right of way to the police officer, who had a green light, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Injuries are Common in a Car Accident

Unfortunately, many people are injured in a car accident as a result of another driver’s failure to yield the right of way at an intersection. This violates what is known as the “rules of the road.” Maryland traffic laws or statutes prescribe rules of the road to govern traffic safety and to avoid car crashes and injury from car accidents.

Howard County Personal Injury Attorney

Personal injury lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has more than 30 years of experience fighting hard for people injured in collisions caused by failure to yield the right of way, other car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Mr. Smith has extensive trial experience and knows what it takes to get successful results. He has achieved some of the highest personal injury verdicts and settlements in his area.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Ellicott City and Columbia Car Accident Attorney

We also handle bodily injuries due to auto accidents, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

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What Is Hospital and Medical Facility Negligence?

Maryland Hospital Negligence and Howard County Medical Facility Neglect

Hospitals are not human; however, they can still be liable for the negligence of theirHospital Negligence employees. There are many different causes of hospital negligence or hospital malpractice, for which hospitals and medical facilities typically carry high amounts of medical malpractice insurance. While no amount of money can fully compensate you for any loss or serious injury, obtaining the compensation you deserve can help you and your family offset the high medical expenses and other expenses associated with your loss or injury.

Most hospital employees and medical staff have above average education and are excellent caregivers. However, as human beings, like you and I, they do make mistakes. If their mistakes cause injury or exacerbate an existing injury, you may be entitled to fair and just compensation.

Everyone knows doctors can commit medical malpractice; however, they are not the only ones who can negligently injury you or cause the death of a loved one.

Common Hospital Employee Negligence

  1. Doctors, surgeons and other physicians – Medical doctors, surgeons and other medical specialists, and other physicians can cause injury or death through their negligence, including the failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition, failure to timely treat a serious medical condition, operating on the wrong body part or botching a surgery, and mistakes during child birth are just a few examples of doctors and surgeons committing medical malpractice that can have dire consequences.
  2. Surgical assistants and nurses – Nurses and surgical assistants can also be negligent in administering your care, dispensing medication and in monitoring your medical condition. Negligence in any of these areas could cause injury, worsen an existing injury, or cause death.
  3. Orderlies and nurse’s assistants – Orderlies and nursing assistants can also cause injury or death through their negligence, including mistakes when moving or transporting you to another room or facility, failing to properly feed you (including giving you food to which you are allergic), and failing to properly change your clothes or linens, all of which can lead to sores or infections.

If you, or a family member, were injured due to a hospital staff or doctor’s negligence, you should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney and medical malpractice lawyer to ensure you, and your family, receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Our Office

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your serious injuries caused by medical malpractice or hospital negligence. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving medical malpractice, including hospital negligence.

We also handle bodily injuries due to auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Ellicott City Medical Malpractice Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Fatal Car Accident Under Investigation by Howard County Police

Deaths in Howard County Fatal Car Accidents

Too many drivers and passengers die in fatal car accidents, including fatal car crashes in Howard County. In 2009, 547 people died from fatal car accidents in Maryland, according to Census Bureau statistics.

Fatal Car Accident on Folly Quarter Road

Howard County police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on May 31, 2012 on Folly Quarter Road in west Ellicott City. Police were called to the scene in the 4300 block of Folly Quarter Road just after 2 p.m.

Police investigation revealed that a 1994 Ford Mustang was traveling northbound on Folly Quarter Road and was stopped in the roadway preparing to make a left turn into a driveway. A 1991 Ford Taurus came up behind the Mustang and tried to pass it on the left, crossing the double yellow line, just as the Mustang was turning. The Taurus struck the side of the Mustang and then hit a pole.

The driver of the Taurus was pronounced dead at the hospital. His passenger in the front seat was transported to Shock Trauma in critical, but stable, condition. They were the only two occupants. The two occupants of the Mustang were not injured. Preliminary investigation showed that the Taurus was at fault for failure to stay right of the center line, according to Howard County police. No charges have been filed.

Wrongful Death Claims for Fatal Car Crashes

Any fatal car wreck causes untold grief on loved ones, but fatal car accidents caused by another driver’s carelessness is even more devastating. While nothing can replace a lost loved one, the law does provide for restitution from the negligent driver.

Legal claims for wrongful death of a loved one in a fatal car accident include compensation for:

  • Medical Expenses.
  • Funeral Bills.
  • Lost income or earnings.
  • The victim’s injuries, and pain and suffering.
  • Family members’ loss of the relationship, including emotional pain and suffering, and loss of companionship, advice, counsel, and comfort.

Howard County Wrongful Death Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated trial lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. As you can see by his background, Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled wrongful death cases, including fatal car accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in fatal car accidents and other cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Ellicott City and Columbia Car Accident Attorney

If a driver’s negligence or carelessness has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member in a fatal car accident in Howard County, you need an experienced wrongful death lawyer and car accident attorney. Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragic loss, and help you obtain justice and closure. Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation.

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