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Potential Defendants in a Car Accident Claim

Sources of Recovery after a Motor Vehicle Crash

Potential Defendants in a Car Accident ClaimWhen you’ve been hurt in a car, truck or motorcycle collision, your first inclination is to bring a lawsuit against the driver who caused the wreck. You may, however, have other potentially responsible parties:

  • The manufacturer, designer or marketing of the vehicle or any of its component parts, if you can show that the accident was caused to any extent by a dangerous or defective product
  • The municipality or agency responsible for roadway maintenance, if the accident was due to roadway defects, such as potholes, uneven pavement, water or gravel on the roads or defective or missing signage
  • The person who served the alcohol, if the accident was caused by a drunk driver—Maryland is one of a handful of states that do not allow you to sue the bar, tavern, restaurant or other establishment that served the alcohol. You may sue a private individual who provided liquor or alcohol.
  • The owner of the vehicle, if other than the driver—You may have a claim against an owner who knowingly allowed a person to drive the vehicle, provided the owner knew or should have known of the potential for harm because of that person’s youth, inexperience or other shortcoming. This theory, long recognized in Maryland, is known as “negligent entrustment.”

Results-Oriented Baltimore, Maryland Auto Accident Attorney

Maryland SuperLawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has successfully protected the rights of injured people across the state for more than 30 years, including persons hurt in motor vehicle accidents. An accomplished and highly-regarded trial attorney, Smith has been honored as a “Top-Rated Lawyer” by the American Lawyer Magazine, and has long been AV-rated by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System (the highest rating possible). The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has listed him among the top 100 attorneys in the state of Maryland.

Smith has also earned the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), as well as a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO as a trial attorney.

Proven Frederick County Accident Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you love has suffered any type of loss as the result of a personal injury, 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.

Proving that Someone Caused an Accident

What is “But-For” Cause? What Is Proximate Cause?

Proving that Someone Caused an AccidentWith most personal injury claims, you are seeking compensation because of the defendant’s negligence. To successfully prove negligence, you must show that:

  • The defendant failed to act reasonably under the circumstances
  • That failure caused an accident
  • You suffered actual losses as a result

Let’s look at what you must show to prove that a person caused an accident.

As the law of personal injury has evolved, two specific types of cause have been identified: actual, or “but-for” cause, and proximate cause:

  • “But-for” cause means that you must show that the accident would not have happened, and any ensuing injuries would not have been sustained, had the defendant acted reasonably.
  • Proximate cause looks at whether or not the accident and/or injuries suffered were reasonably foreseeable as a consequence of the failure to act as a reasonable person. Without the requirement of proximate cause, a defendant’s liability could be potentially unlimited.

Proven Baltimore County, Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer

Maryland SuperLawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has fought for the rights of injured people across the state for more than 30 years. An accomplished and highly-regarded trial attorney, Smith has been honored as a “Top-Rated Lawyer” by the American Lawyer Magazine, and has long been AV-rated by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System (the highest rating possible). The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has listed him among the top 100 attorneys in the state of Maryland.

Smith has also earned the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), as well as a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO as a trial attorney.

Experienced Carroll County Accident Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has suffered any type of loss as the result of a personal injury, 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.

ADDRESS :

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

  • Call for consultation 410-740-0101