Distracted Driving Becoming a National Problem

Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more and more motorists are involved in more and more accidents every year because they are distracted while behind the wheel. One of the most common culprits is a handheld device..statistics show that up to half of all drivers admit to sending or reading text messages while driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that cell phones alone play a part in about 1.6 million motor vehicle accident every year.

Experts say the distractions take three forms:

  • visual distractions, which take your eyes off the road
  • manual distractions, which take your hands off the wheel
  • cognitive distractions, which take your mental focus off the task at hand—driving

Handheld devices, such as cell phones and tablets, are among the most dangerous distractions, say authorities, because they typically involve some level of all three distractions.

Results-Oriented Columbia, Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has successfully represented personal injury victims in Maryland for over 30 years, including individuals who have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident. Because of his outstanding record and strong reputation for effective representation, Attorney Smith has been honored with 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 is also highly regarded by his colleagues in the legal profession, earning an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System, the highest rating possible. Attorney Smith was also recognized as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

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If you have been hurt because of the wrongful act of another person, we can help. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. There’s no cost for your first consultation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

School Bus Accident Investigated by Howard County Police

School Bus Accident Subject of Howard County Police Investigation

 

A school bus accident on June 6, 2013 occurred when a school bus carrying 55 students from Centennial Lane Elementary School was involved in a three-car crash, sending 9 people, including five schoolchildren, to the hospital. All were subsequently released with minor injuries.

According to police, the school bus was traveling south on Centennial Lane, about a half mile from the school, at around 8:30 a.m. on June 6th, when the bus collided with a van, which then struck a car. The bus driver and five children went to the hospital, as did the driver and two adult passengers in the van. The driver of the car was not hurt.

The school bus accident resulted in police ticketing the bus driver for failure to control his speed to avoid a collision, and with negligence while operating a motor vehicle. They believe the bus driver may have turned his attention away from the road to address students on the bus when the school bus accident occurred. Officials said the school bus accident was not serious and that the children reported “bumps and bruises.”

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For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for people’s rights and protecting their interests in Maryland personal injury and school bus accident cases.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results, including school bus accident cases — 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.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by The American LawyerMagazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
  • 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 hurt in school bus accident cases. He can help you pursue full and fair compensation for your child’s medical expenses, and physical pain and suffering.

Columbia and Ellicott City Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been hurt in a car accident or school bus accident caused by the wrongful act of another person, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith will aggressively help you seek damages for all your losses.

Contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Attorney Smith represents school bus accident victims in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

I-95 Crash Leaves Woman in Critical Condition

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Woman Critically Injured When Car Overturns on I-95

According to Maryland State Police, a woman lost control of her car on southbound I-95 near Joppa in late May, causing the car to overturn and crash into nearby woods. The victim was trapped inside the vehicle, forcing officers to use the Jaws of Life and other special tools to remove her from the car. Authorities say that no other vehicles were involved in the crash and that the cause of the accident remains under investigation. The woman was reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital.

Top-Rated Personal Injury Lawyer in Ellicott City and Columbia, MD

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has protected the rights of injured people 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.

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If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident or as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you want an experienced personal injury to 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 personal injury victims n Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Source – http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/fallston-joppa/bs-md-car-critical-0524-20150523-story.html

Ten-Car Smash-Up Injures Seven

Seven Hurt in 10-Car Pileup on I-10

An 18-wheeler that could not stop in time rear-ended another vehicle, starting a chain reaction that involved 10 motor vehicles, according to news reports. In the aftermath, though seven people were injured, no one died. The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, shutting down both lanes and backing traffic up for miles on one of the busiest interstates connecting Maryland and Pennsylvania. The collision involved five cars, four tractor-trailers and a tow truck. The cleanup took almost seven hours.
Police have not released any information regarding their investigation, but a Pennsylvania State Police officer said that investigators would start with a thorough investigation of the truck and driver that started the chain reaction. They took blood samples to determine whether alcohol or drugs were involved, and will examine the truck to determine if there was vehicle failure.

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 three decades. Because of his record and reputation for effective counsel, he has been awarded the Clients’ Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He also has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, and has been recognized by his colleagues in the legal profession, earning an AV rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Smith was also cited as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

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We will help you aggressively seek damages 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, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

School Bus Accident Investigated by Howard County Police

School Bus Accident Subject of Howard County Police Investigation

A school bus accident on June 6, 2013 occurred when a school bus carrying 55 students from Centennial Lane Elementary School was involved in a three-car crash, sending 9 people, including five schoolchildren, to the hospital. All were subsequently released with minor injuries.

According to police, the school bus was traveling south on Centennial Lane, about a half mile from the school, at around 8:30 a.m. on June 6th, when the bus collided with a van, which then struck a car. The bus driver and five children went to the hospital, as did the driver and two adult passengers in the van. The driver of the car was not hurt.

The school bus accident resulted in police ticketing the bus driver for failure to control his speed to avoid a collision, and with negligence while operating a motor vehicle. They believe the bus driver may have turned his attention away from the road to address students on the bus when the school bus accident occurred. Officials said the school bus accident was not serious and that the children reported “bumps and bruises.”

Highly Rated School Bus Accident Attorney in Howard County, MD

For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for people’s rights and protecting their interests in Maryland personal injury and school bus accident cases.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results, including school bus accident cases — 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.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by The American LawyerMagazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
  • 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 hurt in school bus accident cases. He can help you pursue full and fair compensation for your child’s medical expenses, and physical pain and suffering.

Columbia and Ellicott City Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been hurt in a car accident or school bus accident caused by the wrongful act of another person, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith will aggressively help you seek damages for all your losses.

Contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Attorney Smith represents school bus accident victims in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Third Bus Crash in Seven Days in Howard County

Police Investigate Third Bus Crash in Howard County in Seven Days

According to The Baltimore Sun, a bus driver from the Woodstock Jobs Corps Center turned into the path of a Honda Civic on Route 40 near the intersection of Marriottsville Road in Ellicott City on June 12, the third bus crash in the county since June 6. The driver of the Civic was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma unit with non-life threatening injuries. Neither the driver nor any of the passengers on the bus were injured.

Just a day earlier, two middle school students from Wilde Lake suffered minor injuries in a bus crash when their school bus collided with a van. A week earlier, nine people, including five elementary school students, were taken to Howard County General Hospital after a three-car bus crash in Ellicott City. The bus driver in that bus crash was ticketed for excessive speed.

Highly Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Maryland

For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for people’s rights and protecting their interests in Maryland personal injury and bus crash cases.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results, including bus crash cases — 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.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by The American LawyerMagazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
  • 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 hurt in bus crash cases. He can help you pursue full and fair compensation for your medical expenses, and physical pain and suffering.

Attorney Smith handles a wide range of personal injury claims, including bus accidents, car crashes, truck wrecks and motorcycle collisions.

Columbia, Maryland, Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been hurt in a car accident or bus crash caused by another person’s carelessness, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith will aggressively help you seek damages for all your losses. Attorney Smith represents bus crash victims in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment.

Motorcycle Accident Injures Rider in Howard County

On Saturday, June 15, 2013, police responded to a motorcycle accident at Washington Boulevard and Ducketts Lane, in Elkridge, learning that a car had collided with a motorcycle, causing serious injury to the biker. According to witnesses, the driver of the car pulled into the path of the motorcycle as the car tried to execute a left turn onto northbound Washington Boulevard, reported The Baltimore Sun. The motorcyclist was traveling southbound on Washington Boulevard.

The biker, whose name has not been released, was reportedly in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma unit.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to incur serious injury or death from a motorcycle accident on the road. More than four out of every 10 motorcycle crashes involve other motorists turning into the path of the biker.

Highly Rated Personal Injury Lawyer in Columbia and Ellicott City, MD

For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for people’s rights and protecting their interests in Maryland personal injury and motorcycle accident cases.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results, including motorcycle accident cases — 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.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by The American LawyerMagazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
  • 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.

Howard County, Maryland, Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorney

If you have been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident caused by another person’s negligence, we will fight for you to obtain the restitution you deserve. Contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment.

Attorney Smith represents motorcycle accident victims throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Pedestrian Accident Claims Life of Highway Construction Worker

Pedestrian Accident Kills Baltimore Man Hit by Motorist

On June 11, 2013, a fatal pedestrian accident occurred when a 40-year-old Baltimore man was struck and killed while working on a road construction crew in Howard County, reported the Columbia Patch. An employee of Road Safety Traffic Control Company, LLC was placing cones in a lane of westbound Route 216 at Route 29 when he was hit by a 2009 Chevy Malibu. The road worker, who was wearing a reflective shirt at the time of the accident, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Malibu remained at the scene.

Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer Howard County, MD

For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for people’s rights and protecting their interests in Maryland personal injury and pedestrian accident cases.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results, including fatal pedestrian accident cases — 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.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by The American LawyerMagazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
  • 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.

Columbia and Ellicott City, MD, Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been hurt in a car or pedestrian accident caused by another person’s negligence, we will fight for you to obtain the restitution you deserve. Contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment.

Attorney Smith represents pedestrian accident victims throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Worker Rescued from Bay Bridge Sustained Personal Injury

Worker with Personal Injury Rescued on Chesapeake Bay Bridge

On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, around 10:45 a.m., rescue workers were called to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where a bridge worker had fallen and sustained personal injury. According to authorities, the victim, a 51-year-old male, was working from a platform approximately 15 feet below the roadway near the center span when he was struck by a five-gallon paint bucket and fell onto the platform. A rescue worker immobilized the victim, who was then lifted up in a rescue basket, placed on a stretcher, and taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The entire rescue took about an hour and caused the westbound span of the bridge to be closed for nearly two hours. The Maryland Transportation Authority police are currently investigating to determine the cause of the accident.

Highly Rated Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for people’s rights and protecting their interests in personal injury cases.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in personal injury cases — 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.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
  • 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 handles a wide range of personal injury claims, including workplace injuries and construction accident claims. He takes cases involving serious and catastrophic personal injury, as well as wrongful death.

Columbia, Maryland, Personal Injury Lawyer

To learn how we can help you get full and fair compensation for personal injury and bodily injuries suffered because of the careless or negligent acts of others, contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent injured people in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Fatal Car Accident Cases Grip Baltimore Area

Fatal Car Accident Cases Strike Region

Fatal car accidents recently have left a tragic toll on the Baltimore area. On July 1, Anne Arundel County police responded to a report of a fatal car crash on Fort Smallwood Road near Hog Neck Road in Pasadena, according to The Baltimore Sun. A police investigation indicated that a 1996 Saturn made an abrupt turn while attempting to make a u-turn, when it was struck by a pickup truck. An elderly passenger in the truck unfortunately died of his injuries.

Another fatal car accident claimed a life on July 10 on Route 10 in Glen Burnie. The Baltimore Sun reported that a 2003 Dodge pickup apparently crossed the median for unknown reasons, struck a tree, and overturned. Tragically, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Top Rated Howard County MD Fatal Car Accident Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated Howard County fatal car accident lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience.

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.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by The American LawyerMagazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
  • 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.

Fatal Car Accident Lawyer Howard County MD

A fatal car accident devastates surviving family members, leaving them with untold grief; medical expenses; and funeral bills. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a fatal car crash, you need an experienced fatal car accident attorney and wrongful death lawyer.

Contact the Smith Personal Injury Firm; we understand your loss and will fight for you, and help you obtain justice and closure. Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation.

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