Archives for May 2013

Truck Accident Injuries Avoided by MSP Safety Checks

Truck Safety Inspections Help Prevent Truck Accident Injuries

The Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division conducted “Operation Tailgate” in an effort to remove unsafe trucks from the road. Police removed an astounding 23% of all of the vehicles stopped.

A total of 580 commercial vehicles were inspected in an effort to remove unsafe and overweight commercial vehicles off of one of Maryland’s busiest interstates (the I-495/I-95 corridor). State Police placed 132 vehicles out of service for equipment violations.

Top Rated Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top rated truck accident attorney. 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.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell)
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Highest Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).

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 people involved in a truck accident or car accident. 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 truck 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 car 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.

Dangerous Roads and Congestion Cost Baltimore Drivers an Average of $1,800 a Year

School Bus

A recent study notes that Baltimore drivers suffer to the tune of $1800 yearly in lost time, motor vehicle repairs, and wasted gas due to damaged and traffic-clogged roads and highways throughout the region. Damaged roadways can play a significant role in vehicle crashes, especially along the Baltimore Beltway and other problem roadways.
The report, released in March by TRIP, a national transportation industry group, says that overall two-thirds of Baltimore area roads are in mediocre or poor shape. The remaining third are in fair or good condition. TRIP also reported that of Maryland’s major bridges, one-quarter are significantly deteriorated or do not meet standards of modern design. TRIP obtained its information from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).

There is good news, however, because in 2011, poor roads and congestion were costing the average Baltimore driver $2,226 annually, so there has been improvement. As well, in Washington, drivers are hit with about $2020 in losses each year due to the same issues. In fact, even the minor improvement made in roadways has resulted in a slight reduction in traffic fatalities in the Baltimore area, says Frank Moretti, TRIP spokesman.

Damaged and defective roads are a common contributor to many car crashes. Many people don’t even think about the road conditions that may have led to a car crash in which they were involved. If, however, a dangerous roadway, poor signs in a construction area, or an otherwise defective situation in the road or highway played a role in the crash, it may be possible to file a legal claim against the municipality or Department of Transportation, in addition to the driver who was at fault in the crash.

And unfortunately, it does not look like the roadways are going to be improving any time soon. For instance, the TRIP report was released at a time when the General Assembly is struggling to find a way to increase funding for transportation by up to $700 million yearly. TRIP is a nonprofit based in Washington that is funded by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, construction firms and unions.

Injured in a Car Crash Not Your Fault?

Personal injury lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has more than 30 years experience fighting for the rights of injured people. If you were injured because someone else made a careless mistake or because the roads on which you were driving were dangerous or poorly designed, you may have a legal basis to sue for all damages related to the crash.

Attorney Smith has a proven track record of Past Results for victims of motor vehicle crashes in Maryland. During Mr. Smith’s career protecting the rights of victims and their families, he has earned recognition from his peers and clients:

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

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

Maryland Car Accident Attorney: Call to Find Out How We Help

Talk to a personal injury attorney to learn how we can help protect your rights and obtain full and fair compensation for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle crash. Email us or call 410.740.0101 to schedule a consultation.

Our personal injury law firm represents injured people throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County.

Baltimore Fire Department Receives Smoke Alarm Grant

Smoke Alarm Devices to be Purchased with Grant Money

Funds were granted to the Baltimore City Fire Department to be used to purchase 1,000 smoke alarm safety devices to be given free and installed in homes of Baltimore City residents, announced the Baltimore City Fire Department. BGE presented the Emergency Responder Safety Grant. KIDDE, a leading smoke alarm manufacturer, was selected as the vendor to supply the safety devices.

A Fire Smoke Detector can Prevent Death by Fire

Smoke detectors are an easy and inexpensive, and often free, way to prevent fire deaths from lack of smoke detectors. According to the Baltimore City Health Department, fire deaths and burns are a major cause of unintentional deaths in Baltimore. Death by fire in Baltimore is three times the rate as the U. S. average. Death by fire is preventable. Having a working smoke detector on every floor of your home can double your chance of surviving a fire.

Free Smoke Alarm Installed by Baltimore City Fire Department

The Baltimore City Fire Department has had a longstanding program offering, and installing, a free smoke alarm to any city resident in need of one. All a resident has to do is call 311, and within two hours a firefighter will come to their home and install a free ten year lithium tamper resistant smoke alarm.

Top Rated Baltimore Fire Injury Lawyer

If your loved one has died in a fire that could have been prevented with a fire smoke alarm, you may have a claim for the funeral expenses; medical bills; lost income; and the grief from losing the person you loved.

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated wrongful death 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 death by fire that could have been prevented by a smoke alarm, 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 Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell)
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Highest Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).

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

Contact Us Maryland Fire Injury Lawyer

If a fire has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member, you need an experienced personal injury attorney and wrongful death lawyer.

Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragedy, and help you obtain justice and closure. Call 410-740-0101 now, or contact us online, to schedule a consultation.

Motorcycle Accident Sends Man to Shock Trauma

Motorcycle Accident in Howard County

A motorcycle accident on Sunday, May 12, 2013, sent the rider to Shock Trauma, reported The Baltimore Sun. Howard County Police investigated the motorcycle accident, and stated that the car driver pulled out onto Frederick Road into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was transported by Medivac helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma, according to police.

Maryland Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced personal injury and motorcycle accident attorney with more 30 years of experience, including fatal 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.

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.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell)
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Highest Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).

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

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Howard County MD

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.

Fatal Car Crash in Prince George’s County

Fatal Car Crash Claims Life of 4-Year Old

A car accident in Cottage City (Prince George’s County) on May 9, 2013 tragically resulted in the death of a 4-year old child. Just before 8:00 p.m., Prince George’s County Police responded to Bladensburg Road and 37th Place for a report of a crash crash.

A preliminary investigation of the fatal car crash by Prince George’s County revealed that a Ford Explorer traveling south on Bladensburg Road struck an SUV that was stopped at the traffic signal. The Ford then struck another vehicle, before leaving the roadway and colliding with utility poles. The investigation of the fatal car crash was still ongoing.

Families are Devastated by a Fatal Car Crash

A fatal car crash is a terrible tragedy for family members who lose a loved one. They suffer grievous heartache. In addition, they often are faced with unexpected medical bills, funeral bills, and loss of income.

Nothing can ever replace a lost life. If the fatal accident was caused by another person’s carelessness, surviving family members may have a legal claim. This is true also when it is a passenger who died as a result of their driver’s fault.

Fatal Car Accident Lawyer Prince George’s County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated fatal 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 fatal car accidents for over three decades, including fatal car crash cases in Prince George’s County. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer Prince George’s County MD

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.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell)
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Highest Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).

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

Prince George’s County Wrongful Death Attorney

If a fatal car crash has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member, you need an experienced fatal car accident lawyer and wrongful death attorney. Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragedy, and help you obtain justice and closure. We handle fatal car accidents in Prince George’s County, including Bowie, College Park, District Heights, Hyattsville, Laurel, Beltsville, Greenbelt, and the surrounding area.

Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation.

Toddler Injured in Car Crash Released From Hospital

A car crash on March 27 injured a one-year-old girl after her mother allegedly collided with a Columbia school bus, reported The Baltimore Sun. The girl was released from the Baltimore’s John School Bus Hopkins children Center where she had been treated after the car crash. Howard County Police stated that the mom, Columbia resident Ashley Nicole Smith, 23, had tried to turn left in front of a school bus on Little Patuxent Parkway near Hickory Ridge Road.

Fortunately, no one in the bus was injured. There were five people on the school bus, including the driver and two aids, and two students. The Acura driven by Ashley was struck on the rear passenger side, where the child was strapped in her safety seat.

At the time of the car crash the school bus was traveling to the Forbush School in Hunt Valley. The Forbush School, according to its website, provides “special education and related services for children ages 5 to 21 with autism . . . ” A second school bus came to take the students to school. At this time, no charges have been filed but the Howard County Police continue to investigate the car accident.

When people take unnecessary risks on the road, they put themselves, their loved ones, and other drivers and passengers in danger. Making a left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle is considered a negligent or careless act, and could cause a car crash. If you have suffered an injury from a car crash that was caused by another person’s carelessness, whether they turned in front of you, or rear-ended you, or in some other way acted carelessly to cause your injuries, you may be able to pursue a legal claim to pay for your medical treatment and other losses.

Personal injury lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith can help you understand your rights regarding a car crash where you have been injured because someone else acted negligently. Attorney Smith is passionate about fighting for the rights of those who have suffered serious injury or lost a loved one in an accident that should never have happened.

With a proven track record stretching over 30 years, Jonathan Smith can help you determine the best next step.

He has earned acknowledgement from clients and peers, including being

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

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

Maryland Car Crash Attorney: Call to Find Out How We Help

Learn how we can help you obtain full and fair compensation for injuries suffered in a car crash or car accident. Email us or call 410.740.0101 to schedule a consultation.

Our personal injury law firm represents injured people throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County.

Fatal Car Crash Kills Driver and Passengers

Fatal Car Crash in Odenton Kills Three

A fatal car accident occurred early Easter Sunday on Piney Orchard Parkway and Riverscape Road in Odenton at about 12:30 a.m. A 2005 Subaru had crashed into a tree, reported The Baltimore Sun. According to police, the driver failed to negotiate a curve. His car left the road, struck a light pole and then a tree. Tragically, the car crash claimed the driver’s life, as well as two passengers.

A Fatal Car Accident Can Devastate Loved Ones

A fatal crash is a horrific tragedy for surviving family members. Often they are faced with unexpected medical bills, funeral bills, loss of income, and grievous heartache from losing a loved one. Nothing can ever replace a lost life. If the fatal car crash was caused by another person’s carelessness, surviving family members may have a legal claim. This is true also when it is a passenger who died as a result of their driver’s fault.

Fatal Car Crash Lawyer Anne Arundel County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated fatal 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 fatal car crash cases for over three decades, including fatal car accidents in Anne Arundel County. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer Anne Arundel County MD

The care we give to each case gets noticed. It’s what sets our firm apart. 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.
  • “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.

Anne Arundel County Wrongful Death Attorney

If a fatal car accident has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member, you need an experienced fatal car crash lawyer and wrongful death attorney. Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragedy, and help you obtain justice and closure.

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis, Severna Park, Odenton, Pasadena, Arnold, Glen Burnie, Crofton, Parole, and Severn. He also handles truck accident cases in Baltimore County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Contact Us

Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation.

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

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