Archives for June 2016

An Airplane Crash—a Passenger’s Worst Nightmare


You probably read about the plane that crashed and burned during a landing at San Francisco Airport a few days ago. It’s every airplane passenger’s worst nightmare. Sadly, two people were killed and another 182 passengers were injured, and 49 of those seriously injured.

Witnesses reported that the pilot may have tried landing short of the runway and one of the wings clipped a rock retaining wall. The end result being that the tail separated from the aircraft, which compromised the fuselage and caused a fire.

Nearly 200 firefighters arrived on the scene immediately, put out the fire, and began tending to the injured. Right now, we can only speculate as to the cause of the accident and a full investigation by The National Transportation Safety Board is forthcoming.

What to do if you are in a plane crash

Although statistics are in your favor and only one in approximately one million flights ends up in an accident, according to National Transportation Safety Board, you should still know what to do in a crash. The following tips may be helpful in ensuring the odds are in your favor if you are in a plane crash:

  • Wear comfortable and practical clothing and shoes. Comfortable clothes that cover the arms and legs and shoes that cover and support your foot, give you a better chance of moving quickly out of danger in the event you have to flee the plane.
  • Choose your seat wisely. You have a better chance of survival if you are seated behind the wing and/or near the emergency exits. And aisle seats are better than center or window seats. If possible, choose a seat in those areas of the plane.
  • Be vigilant during takeoff and landing. The times during which an accident is most likely to occur during a flight is a few minutes after takeoff and a few minutes before landing. So it is wise to keep your shoes on, your tray table up and to be aware of the two nearest exists relative to your seat. It is also advisable to put your carry on items beneath the seat in front of you, which will provide extra protection for your feet and legs in the event of an accident. Also remove sharp objects like pens and keys from pockets which can puncture skin in an impact.
  • Remain calm. The first 90 seconds after a crash are vital and so if you can remain calm and assess the situation you will be able to act quickly to save your life and that of your loved ones.
  • Act quickly. If there is a serious situation, do not stop to gather your belongings, or wait for instructions; just get off the plane as quickly and efficiently as possible

Top-Rated Personal Injury Lawyer in Howard County

If you or someone you love has been hurt because of the carelessness or negligence of another person, we can help. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent personal injury victims in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland

Maryland, DC and Virginia Hold Out on Contributory Negligence


For centuries, a key principle in personal injury law was the concept of “contributory negligence.” Essentially, contributory negligence says that if an injured person was in any way responsible for his or her losses, there can be no recovery for damages. Recognizing that this is overly harsh, most states in America have gone to the principle of comparative fault, where the jury looks at the total amount of the loss, allocates a percentage of responsibility, and apportions the cost accordingly. Under the concept of contributory negligence, if you are 1% at fault, you can’t recover anything. With comparative fault, if you are 20% responsible, you are only entitled to 80% of your losses.

Among the states still hanging on to contributory negligence—Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. But that may be about to change in the District of Columbia. Council members there have been exploring potential legislation to introduce some form of comparative negligence to the nation’s capital.

Top-Rated Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has fought for the rights of personal injury victims in Maryland for more than 30 years. Because of his record and reputation for effective representation, he has been awarded the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, and has also built an outstanding reputation with his colleagues in the legal profession, earning an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Smith was also recognized as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Ellicott City and Columbia, MD

We will help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.


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