Are the Roadways Safer in Maryland During the Pandemic?

Data Shows Fewer Accidents but More Serious and Fatal Crashes

Are the Roadways Safer in Maryland During the Pandemic?Research has long shown a direct correlation between the number of vehicles on the roads, the number of miles people travel, and the rate of accidents. Typically, the numbers of accidents and fatalities change when gas prices go up or down. The more expensive gas becomes, the less people drive and the lower the total number of accidents.

During the COVID-19 crisis, shelter-in-place restrictions leave fewer places to go, so traffic is down dramatically. Does that mean it’s safer to be on the streets and highways in Maryland and across the country? It depends on how you look at it.

Authorities say the total number of accidents has decreased substantially. California and New York both report a 50% drop. At the same time, though, a higher percentage of the accidents that are occurring are serious or fatal. Officials believe that motorists on today’s less-congested motorways are traveling at higher speeds. For example, on one stretch of highway in New York, officials found that the average speed in March 2020 was four times that of March 2019—the average speed during morning drive a year ago was 13 miles per hour and 52 miles per hour this year.

The bottom line is that, if you’re on the road nowadays, you’ll likely have less risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident, but if you are, chances are that it will be more serious.

Results-Oriented Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland SuperLawyer, has protected the rights of motor vehicle accident victims in the Baltimore metro area and throughout the state of Maryland for more than 30 years. He’s l0ng been AV-rated by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine. A proven trial attorney known for getting positive results for clients, he’s received the 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 litigator.

Experienced Carroll County Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

If you have been involved in an automobile collision in Maryland, we can help. Contact our office 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 George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Liability for Rear-End Collisions in Maryland

Is the Person in the Trailing Vehicle Always Responsible?

Liability for Rear-End Collisions in MarylandAccording to statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions account for more than 30% of all motor vehicle accidents nationwide. There’s a common assumption that the person driving the rear vehicle is always legally responsible. While that’s often the case, it’s not always so.

In many accidents, including motor vehicle crashes, liability is based on a legal theory of negligence. To determine whether a party to an accident was negligent, a court customarily starts by identifying what type of behavior would have been reasonable under the circumstances. All persons in society are held to the standard of engaging in reasonable conduct at all times.

In a car accident, the court will conduct just such an analysis. With respect to the trailing driver, the court may look at the following:

  • Whether the speed of the trailing driver was reasonable, given the distance between the two cars and the prevailing rate of speed on that roadway at the time;
  • The extent to which the trailing driver was distracted by a handheld device, passengers in the vehicle, or things along the roadside; and
  • Whether the trailing driver lacked the mental or physical capacity to be behind the wheel, e.g., whether the driver was intoxicated or impaired by illness or injury.

The court also may consider whether the driver in the front car was negligent:

  • Were there warning lights on the rear of the vehicle that were not working?
  • Did the driver in front accidentally put his or her car in reverse?

Experienced Carroll County Personal Injury Attorney

Maryland SuperLawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has fought for the rights of personal injury victims in Baltimore and throughout the state of Maryland for more than 30 years. He’s long been AV-rated by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System, and he’s been named a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine. A proven trial attorney with a longstanding reputation for getting positive results for clients, Smith has received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars(the highest rating possible). He also has a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a litigator.

Effective Howard County Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

If you have been hurt in a rear-end accident in Maryland, we can help. Contact our office 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 George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Teen Injured in Collision with School Bus

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A school bus driver crossed the centerline and collided with a 17-year-old driving an SUV, sending the girl to the Shock Trauma unit at a local hospital. According to police reports, the bus was traveling east on Triadelphia Mill Road in Glenelg around 7 am on November 13, when the driver veered into the westbound lane and struck the SUV. The bus was apparently empty at the time of the crash. A 15-year-old passenger in the SUV was not injured. Howard County police closed the road for a number of hours after the accident.

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

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has fought for the rights of injured people in Maryland for more than three decades. Because of his record and reputation for outstanding 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 the top rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Smith was also recognized as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell and The American Lawyer Magazine.

Baltimore County, Maryland, Personal Injury Lawyer

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

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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.

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.

Fatal Car Accident Kills Howard County Woman

Fatal Car Accident on I-95 Claims Life

A fatal car accident involved an Ellicott City woman who was riding as a passenger in a car on I-95 when it turned left, causing the motor vehicle to be perpendicular on the roadway, reported The Baltimore Sun. The car was then struck by another motor vehicle, which resulted in the passenger being ejected. She was taken to a local hospital and, tragically, pronounced dead.

Passenger’s Claims in Fatal Car Accident Cases

Just because a passenger was riding in a car with a driver who was at fault does not mean that the passenger, or the passenger’s family, may not still have a claim. If the driver was at fault in causing the fatal car accident, then the passengers may be able to recover. If your loved one died in a fatal car accident, you may have a claim for the funeral expenses; medical bills; lost income; and the grief from losing the person you loved who was the victim of a fatal car accident.

Top Rated Columbia and Ellicott City 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, including fatal car 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.
  • 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

If a fatal car crash was caused by a driver’s negligence or carelessness, and it has resulted in injuries to, or the death of, a family member, you need an experienced fatal car accident 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 fill out our intake form, 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.

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Pedestrian Accident Claims Pasadena Teenager’s Life

Pedestrian Accident in Pasadena Kills 15-year old

A pedestrian accident on Friday, April 12, 2013, resulted in the tragic death of a 15-year old boy in Pasadena, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department. At 9:25 p.m., police responded to Mountain Road and Alvin Drive in Pasadena.

Three teenagers were walking on the westbound shoulder of Mountain Road. A Ford Expedition also traveling westbound struck two of the teenagers, and then fled the scene. One pedestrian was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Tragically, he died of his injuries.

Police asked anyone with information regarding this pedestrian accident to call them at (410) 222-8573.

Top Rated Pedestrian Accident Attorney Anne Arundel County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated pedestrian accident attorney, 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 pedestrian accident cases for over three decades, including pedestrian accidents in Anne Arundel County MD. 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.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
  • “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.

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

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If you need an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer and wrongful death attorney, we can help.

Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation if a pedestrian accident has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Kills Man

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Claims Life in Anne Arundel County

A fatal motorcycle accident on March 10, 2013 resulted in the cyclist’s death, reported The Baltimore Sun. The motorcycle accident occurred on Crain Highway in Crofton, when a Chevy Cobalt was crossing Crain Highway to enter the parking lot of a Royal Farm Store. The car struck the motorcycle, which was located in the far left lane.

Anne Arundel police were still investigating the cause of the accident, but initially concluded that neither speed nor alcohol were factors.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics Show Alarming Increase in Injuries

Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 persons were treated in a U.S. emergency department (ED) for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is an alarming increase in injuries from motorcycle accident cases.

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.

With more than 30 years of courtroom experience, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith knows how to protect the rights of motorcycle accident and personal injury victims in Maryland. 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.
  • Selected for “Top Attorneys in Maryland.”
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

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

Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

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.

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