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Happy Thanksgiving 2021

On this Thanksgiving Day, we take time to express our daily gratitude for the simple pleasures of life—good friends, family, people we hold dear. As we gather together, help us be grateful and let us share our bounty with our brothers and sisters.

Determining Liability for Winter Auto Accidents in Maryland

Does the Standard of Care Change in Snowy or Icy Weather?

Determining Liability for Winter Auto Accidents in MarylandWinter’s almost here, and in Maryland, that means snow and ice, as well as fogged up windows, often a contributing factor in a motor vehicle accident. When driving in winter weather, are motorists required to take additional precautions to prevent accident and injury? Well, sort of…

The Standard of Care in Motor Vehicle Accidents

As a general rule, when you have been injured in an auto accident, you’ll seek compensation based on allegations of negligence by another person. To prove negligence, you must first show that the other driver failed to use reasonable care, and that the failure to do so caused the accident and injuries. That standard is based on what an “average person of ordinary prudence” would do under the same circumstances. Whether the other person’s actions met the standard of care will be determined by the jury.

Accordingly, the standard remains the same—that of a reasonable person—but it takes the specific circumstances at the time of the accident into account. The question posed to the jury, then, would be “what would a reasonable person do while driving under the same weather conditions?” Some scenarios under which a jury might find liability include:

  • A failure to remove snow or ice from a vehicle before taking it on the road (unlike many other states, there is no law in Maryland that requires such removal)
  • Failure to maintain a sufficient distance from other vehicles to allow time and room to safely apply the brakes
  • Operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed under the circumstances
  • Failure to take road conditions into consideration when making a turn, leading to loss of control

Proven Baltimore County Personal Injury Attorney

Maryland SuperLawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has successfully represented personal injury victims in Baltimore and throughout the state for more than three decades, including clients who have suffered injuries in car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Highly regarded as a trial lawyer by other Maryland lawyers, he has long been AV-rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been honored as a “Top-Rated Lawyer” by the American Lawyer Magazine. He has earned the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), and holds a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO as a trial attorney.

Results-Oriented Baltimore County Car Wreck Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident, we can help. Contact attorney Jonathan Scott Smith by e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is free. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

What Types of Damages Are Available after a Car Accident?

What Compensation Can You Get When You’ve Been Hurt?

What Types of Damages Are Available after a Car Accident?A motor vehicle accident can have a significant financial impact, leading to lost wages, substantial medical bills and property damage/loss. Those types of damages are typically referred to as “economic” damages, because they’re more tangible and easier to calculate.

There are other types of compensation that are available after a car accident, what are known as “non-economic” damages, such as:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life—the inability to do the things that were a meaningful or significant part of your life before the accident, including routine activities of daily life
  • Loss of companionship or consortium—the inability to have a close or intimate relationship with others because of your injuries
  • Physical pain and suffering—The actual physical response to your injuries

Because non-economic damages are not tied to specific financial losses, there are a number of ways that juries can calculate them:

  • Using a reasonableness standard—the court may instruct the jury to award damages they consider to be reasonable under the circumstances
  • Using a “multiplier”—the court may instruct the jury to determine economic damages and then multiply them by a factor, typically between 1 and 10. For example, the jury may determine total economic damages to be $100,000 and use a factor of 3 to award $300,000 in non-economic damages.

Experienced Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland SuperLawyer, has fought for the rights of personal injury victims in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland for over 30 years, including people who have been hurt in motor vehicle accidents. Well-esteemed as a trial lawyer by his colleagues in the legal profession, Attorney Smith has long been AV-rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been named a “Top-Rated Lawyer” by the American Lawyer Magazine. He has also received the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), and has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO as a trial attorney.

Results-Oriented Baltimore County Car Wreck Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident, we can help. Contact attorney Jonathan Scott Smith by e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is free. 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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  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

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