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What is PIP Insurance?

PIP Insurance Benefits in Car Accident Cases

What is PIP insurance? PIP is short for “Personal Injury Protection” coverage. In Maryland, PIP insurance coverage is required by law in all car insurance policies, unless the policy holder affirmatives waives the PIP insurance coverage. The minimum limits required by law in Maryland are $2,500.00. Some insurance companies, such as State Farm, offer greater limits, including $5,000.00 and $10,000.00.

What is Included in PIP Insurance Coverage?

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage will pay for medical expenses and 85% of gross lost income if you are injured in a car accident. PIP insurance is a “no fault” coverage; it will pay regardless of whether you or another driver is at fault in causing the car accident. Making a claim under PIP insurance coverage will not increase your insurance premiums, because it is a no fault type of coverage. In addition, PIP insurance coverage is “primary” over health insurance, i.e. PIP insurance coverage benefits should pay first until they are exhausted, then your health insurance is responsible for paying after that.

How do I Claim PIP Insurance Benefits?

If you were injured in a car crash, you need to notify your car insurance company immediately that (1) you were involved in a car wreck, and (2) that you were injured. Most car insurance companies will then send you an application form to fill out and send back. (State Farm no longer requires completion of a PIP application.) You must then submit copies of medical records, medical bills, and lost income verification to your insurance company for payment.

Top-Ranked Howard County Car Accident Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has fought for the rights of personal injury victims in car accident cases in Maryland for more than three decades. He has built an outstanding reputation with clients and colleagues. Mr. Smith handles PIP insurance coverage claims, at no charge, on behalf of clients who are pursuing a personal injury claim.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results— has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Lawyer Smith aggressively protects the rights of people who have been hurt, handling all types of car wreck and motor vehicle accident claims. He can help you pursue compensation if you have been injured in a hit-and-run car wreck.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

To learn how we can help you obtain full and fair compensation for injuries suffered in a car wreck or motor vehicle accident, contact us online, or call 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment.

We represent injured people throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County.

Motorcycle Accident Prevention Tips Announced

Anne Arundel County Police Announce Tips to Prevent Motorcycle Accident

Now that the first day of Spring has arrived, the Anne Arundel County Police Department has announced tips to prevent motorcycle accident cases in its “Look Twice For Motorcycles” Program.

Tips for Drivers to Prevent a Motorcycle Accident

The Anne Arundel Police recommend the following tips for drivers to prevent a motorcycle accident:

  • Look twice before crossing, turning from or merging on a roadway
  • Check your blind spot when changing lanes
  • Concentrate on driving your vehicle
  • Avoid all distractions
  • You may not be used to seeing motorcycles on the road – Share the road with motorcycles

Tips for Riders to Prevent a Motorcycle Accident

The Anne Arundel Police recommend the following tips for drivers to prevent a motorcycle accident:

  • Prepare your motorcycle for the road by conducting a safety check prior to riding
  • Wear proper riding / protective gear
  • Remember that your skills may be rusty after not riding for a few months a.) Warm up by practicing riding for a few minutes in a neighborhood or parking lot b.) Stretch before riding to reduce muscle fatigue
  • Ride responsibly – you control your behavior
  • Remember that drivers are not used to seeing you on the roadways a.) Consider high-visibility clothing b.) Consider adding additional legal lighting to increase visibility c.) Look twice when making a maneuver
  • Ride safely and within your ability

Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced personal injury and motorcycle accident attorney with more 30 years of experience, including motorcycle accident cases. He understands the prejudice against motorcyclists, and how devastating a motorcycle accident can be when a careless car or truck driver causes a collision.

With more than 30 years of courtroom experience, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith knows how to protect the rights of motorcycle accident and personal injury victims in Maryland. Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • Selected for “Top Attorneys in Maryland.”
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Maryland Motorcycle Accident Attorney

We handle bodily injuries from auto accidents, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle accident cases in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince George,s (Prince Georges) County, Howard County, Carroll County, and Montgomery County, MD.

Contact Us

Let us help you with your motorcycle accident claim. Call us now at 410-740-0101, or contact us online.

Car Wreck in Howard County Injures State Trooper

Maryland State Trooper Injured in Howard County Car Wreckcar-wreck-attorney-howard-county-md

A car wreck on January 16, 2013 in Howard County injured Cpl. Matthew Telep, assigned to the JFK Barrack near Perryville. The car accident was believed to have been caused when his vehicle was cut off by an unidentified motorist, according to the Maryland State Police. The trooper sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Trooper Telep was traveling in the eastbound lane of I-70 in Howard County when he was forced off the road and hit a tree. The magnitude of the impact trapped Telep in his vehicle until Howard County Fire Department personnel could extricate him. He was flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Trauma Center.

At the time of the car wreck, Telep was returning from a work assignment, having escorted an oversized load from Baltimore to western Maryland that morning. A motorist called state police after the accident, claiming to have witnessed the car crash and indicating that Cpl. Telep had been cut off by another vehicle. Neither the vehicle nor its driver were identified.

Top-Ranked Ellicott City Car Wreck and Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has fought for the rights of personal injury victims in car wreck cases in Maryland for more than three decades. He has built an outstanding reputation with clients and colleagues.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results— has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Lawyer Smith aggressively protects the rights of people who have been hurt, handling all types of car wreck and motor vehicle accident claims. He can help you pursue compensation if you have been injured in a hit-and-run car wreck.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

To learn how we can help you obtain full and fair compensation for injuries suffered in a car wreck or motor vehicle accident, contact us online, or call 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment.

We represent injured people throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County.

Truck Accident Injures Essex Man

Truck Accident Injures Man While Pushing Friend Out of Danger

A truck accident on January 11, 2013 required hospitalization of a 19-year-old Essex man after being injured in a hit-and-run accident in Essex, reported Baltimore County Police.

According to police, the truck accident occurred when a van had stalled on Southeast Boulevard. One person saw a red Ford F-150 pickup truck approaching at a high rate of speed. He pushed another person out of the path of the truck and was thrown to the ground when he was struck by the truck. The driver of the pickup truck did not stop, but police later found the truck in the 2300 block of Poplar Road.

Highly Respected Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer

With more than 30 years of courtroom experience, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith knows how to protect the rights of truck accident and personal injury victims in Maryland.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • Selected for “Top Attorneys in Maryland.”
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Attorney Smith aggressively protects the rights of personal injury victims, including pedestrians involved in a truck accident or other motor vehicle accidents. He can help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, from lost wages and income to medical expenses, from loss of companionship to physical pain and suffering.

Columbia and Ellicott City Truck Accident Lawyer

Attorney Smith represents accident victims throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, or other motor vehicle accident, caused by the wrongful act of another person, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith will aggressively help you seek damages for all your losses. Call our office at 410-740-0101, or contact us online, to schedule an appointment.

ADDRESS :

  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

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