Car Crash on I-195 in Baltimore County Kills Man

Man Killed in Car Crash on I-95 in Baltimore County

A car crash on I-195 killed a man on December 13, 2012, when he lost control of his car on I-95 and careened into a 2002 Suburban. According to an investigation by Maryland State Police, the driver was traveling north on I-95 around 7 a.m., when he spun out of control and struck an embankment. Police do not know what caused him to lose control.

After striking the embankment, the Ford Focus became airborne, went over the overpass and struck the Suburban, which was traveling east on I-195. Police were not been able to determine the cause of the car crash.

Highly Recognized Maryland Car Accident Attorney

A trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience, Jonathan Scott Smith represents victims in car crash cases, 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.
  • 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.

Attorney Smith handles a wide range of car crash, motor vehicle accident and personal injury claims. He takes cases involving serious and catastrophic loss, as well as wrongful death.

Columbia, Maryland, Car Crash and Personal Injury Lawyer

To learn how we can help you get full and fair compensation for injuries suffered in a car crash or motor vehicle accident, contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent injured people throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Car Wreck in Howard County Injures State Trooper

Maryland State Trooper Injured in Howard County Car Wreckcar-wreck-attorney-howard-county-md

A car wreck on January 16, 2013 in Howard County injured Cpl. Matthew Telep, assigned to the JFK Barrack near Perryville. The car accident was believed to have been caused when his vehicle was cut off by an unidentified motorist, according to the Maryland State Police. The trooper sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Trooper Telep was traveling in the eastbound lane of I-70 in Howard County when he was forced off the road and hit a tree. The magnitude of the impact trapped Telep in his vehicle until Howard County Fire Department personnel could extricate him. He was flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Trauma Center.

At the time of the car wreck, Telep was returning from a work assignment, having escorted an oversized load from Baltimore to western Maryland that morning. A motorist called state police after the accident, claiming to have witnessed the car crash and indicating that Cpl. Telep had been cut off by another vehicle. Neither the vehicle nor its driver were identified.

Top-Ranked Ellicott City Car Wreck and Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has fought for the rights of personal injury victims in car wreck cases in Maryland for more than three decades. He has built an outstanding reputation with clients and colleagues.

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.
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)

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

Lawyer Smith aggressively protects the rights of people who have been hurt, handling all types of car wreck and motor vehicle accident claims. He can help you pursue compensation if you have been injured in a hit-and-run car wreck.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

To learn how we can help you obtain full and fair compensation for injuries suffered in a car wreck or motor vehicle accident, contact us online, or call 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment.

We represent injured people throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County.

Proving Whiplash With Chiropractic After a Car Crash

Whiplash

Whiplash commonly occurs when a car is struck from behind in a rear-end collision. The impact of the crash causes the driver’s (and any passenger’s) head to “whip” quickly back and then forward again.

In low-speed rear-end collisions, a person may appear to have no visible injury, yet he or she will have suffered a whiplash injury. When the head is violently snapped back and forth so quickly, the neck is stretched far beyond its normal capacity.

Whiplash Injuries Can Cause Severe Pain

The whiplash movement’s accelerated force typically damages neck muscles and upper back muscles in the immediate area. The vertebrae can also be injured, causing moderate to severe pain and other symptoms.

People who have suffered whiplash may brush the injury off. They often believe they are just sore after the accident, and that they will soon recover. The accident may well have adrenalized them and they are numb to what is truly going in their body. As a result, it may be days before they finally visit the doctor or chiropractor.

Some whiplash injuries heal within days or weeks, even without treatment. However some whiplash, if left untreated can lead to serious, chronic pain and leave a person vulnerable to serious injury and other problems in the neck and back.

If you have suffered a whiplash injury that needs treatment, it can take time to heal. Generally, people receive chiropractic treatment and physical therapy.

Chiropractic Treatment of Whiplash Neck Pain

Chiropractors are regularly involved in the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash injuries caused by car accidents and other types of accidents. The chiropractor’s work centers on performing gentle, noninvasive spinal treatments so that whiplash neck pain patients will regain a sense of health and wellbeing.

In many cases, a chiropractor’s work helps track the pain back to its source, thus resolving the issue at its roots through carefully administered chiropractic treatments.

Chiropractors also document and track a patient’s progress, records which can be useful in the event that a personal injury claim is filed.

Physical Therapists and Whiplash Injury

Physical therapists work with whiplash injured patients to help reduce spasms in the neck or upper back muscles, increase the circulation, and help with healing the injured area. PT generally includes carefully monitored and appropriate exercise of the injured area. It can also include ice, moist heat, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Columbia, Maryland

If you were injured in an accident caused by another, you may have a right to seek compensation for your whiplash, neck pain, or other types of injuries suffered. To schedule an appointment with an experienced personal injury attorney at the Smith Personal Injury Firm, in Columbia, Maryland, call 410-740-0101 or contact us online.

Passengers Injured in BWI Shuttle Bus Accident

Shuttle Bus Accident Injures Three at BWI Airport

A shuttle bus overturned Sunday morning, February 10, 2013, at BWI Airport, causing injuries to three passengers, The Baltimore Sun reported. The shuttle bus overturned near the intersection of Route 170 and Terminal Road at 6:30 a.m.

The Sun reported that three people were hurt. One refused medical treatment and the other two were transported via ambulance to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center with injuries.

Legal Claims for Injuries Caused in Bus Accidents

A driver of any vehicle is legally responsible if the driver’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence is the cause of another person’s injuries, including passengers. This is true of a bus driver when injuries are caused by a bus accident that is the fault of the bus driver. In fact, when a driver is transporting passengers for hire, the law imposes an even higher duty to avoid harm to passengers compared to drivers who are not doing it for hire.

Experienced Shuttle Bus Accident Lawyer Maryland

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated accident lawyer, 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 accident cases, including school bus and shuttle bus accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith successfully handled one shuttle bus accident at BWI Airport in which a police department employee and friend were returning from a vacation trip. They took a shuttle bus from BWI Airport to an airport parking lot company. The shuttle bus driver was driving aggressively and, at one point, slammed on his brakes. This caused the passenger to be thrown forward into the armrest of another seat in the shuttle bus. The armrest padding was missing, causing the woman’s leg to slam against a sharp metal bracket, resulting in a deep laceration and eventual scar. The injured bus passenger received a fair settlement for her injuries, medical expenses, and disfigurement.

Highly Rated Maryland Bus Accident Attorney

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.
  • “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.

Shuttle Bus Accident Lawyer

Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in car accidents, wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving shuttle bus accidents and bus crash cases throughout Maryland and the Baltimore area.

If you need help with a schoolshuttle bus accident or shuttle bus crash case, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101.

Mt Hebron Students Injured in Car Accident

Car Accident Sends Students to Hospital

On Thursday, January 3, 2013, a car was leaving Mt Hebron High School and attemptingto pull out onto Route 99 when it was struck by a Mack truck, reported The Baltimore Sun. According to the account, the car accident involved a Honda Civic loaded with students that failed to stop at a stop sign when exiting the school’s parking lot.

The car’s driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The four passengers were treated and released from Howard County General Hospital the same evening. No charges were filed against the driver of the Mack truck; Howard County Police did not believe he was speeding or at fault in causing the car accident.

Can a Passenger have a Claim if their Driver is at Fault?

If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, you may have a claim for medical bills; lost income; and pain & suffering. A passenger in a car driven by the at fault driver may still have a valid legal claim because the passenger was not in control of the vehicle and therefore not legally at fault in most cases.

Top Rated Car Accident Attorney Howard County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated Howard County car accident lawyer, 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 Howard County car accidents, including fatal car accidents, for over three decades. 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.
  • “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.

Car Accident Lawyer Columbia MD and Ellicott City MD

If a car crash caused by a driver’s negligence or carelessness has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member, you need an experienced 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.

Teenager Killed in Pedestrian Accident

Teenager Dies in Anne Arundel Pedestrian Accident

On Thursday, December 20, 2012, a 15-year-old was struck by a car at an intersection at Maryland Route 198 in Anne Arundel County, reported The Baltimore Sun. The teenager was crossing at the intersection of Route 198 and Russett Green East around 5:59 a.m., when he was struck by a Chevrolet Camaro, according to the Anne Arundel Police Department.

Police said the car had a green light, and that the teenager was crossing at the intersection against a pedestrian traffic signal. Tragically, this pedestrian accident resulted in the teen’s death.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

In 2010, there were 4,280 pedestrian accidents in the United States, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated. This is the second lowest annual rate since 1994, but any pedestrian accident is one too many. Pedestrian injuries from a pedestrian crash can be traumatic.

Anne Arundel County MD Pedestrian Accident Attorney

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.

Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer Anne Arundel County MD

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.
  • “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.

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Anne Arundel County MD

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.

Student Injured in Howard County Pedestrian Accident

 

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, a 17-year-old River Hill High School student was struck by a car on his way to school, according to The Baltimore Sun. The student was struck by a 1998 Honda Accord while crossing Linden Linthicum Lane, near Little Bells Row, at 7:30 a.m.

The student was flown to the Shock Trauma Center in serious condition. Howard County Police indicated that the young man was in a crosswalk at the time of the pedestrian accident. The investigation was ongoing, and no charges had been filed.

Statistics Involving Pedestrian Accident Cases

Injuries from a pedestrian crash are too common, and can be traumatic. In 2010, there were 4,280 pedestrian accidents in the United States, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated. This is the second lowest annual rate since 1994, but any pedestrian accident is one too many.

Pedestrian Accident Attorney Howard 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.

Top Rated Car Accident Lawyer Howard County MD

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.
  • “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.

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Ellicott City MD

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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.

Anne Arundel Truck Accident Sends Drivers to Hospital

Truck Accident on I97 and Route 100

A truck overturned in an accident involving an Anne Arundel County police vehicle on southbound Interstate 97 near Route 100 on Saturday, December 29, 2012, according to The Baltimore Sun. Both drivers were sent to the hospital. The truck accident blocked several lanes of traffic.

The truck driver of the truck was taken to the hospital. The police officer was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a precautionary measure, county police Lt. Glenn Shanahan said.

Top Rated Anne Arundel County Truck Accident Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced truck accident lawyer. Mr. Smith represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving trucking accidents throughout Maryland and the Baltimore area. He is a top-rated semi truck accident lawyer, 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 personal injury and wrongful death cases, including truck accidents, for over three decades. 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.
  • “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.

Anne Arundel County Tractor Trailer Truck Accident Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis, Severna Park, Odenton, Pasadena, Arnold, Glen Burnie, Crofton, Parole, and Severn. He also handles truck accident cases in Baltimore County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

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Two Die in Beltsville Fatal Car Accident

Tragic Prince George’s County Fatal Car Accident

On Friday, December 14, 2012, at approximately 1:30 a.m., a Chevrolet Camaro was traveling on Route 1 in Beltsville, when it crossed the double yellow line and collided with a tow truck coming in the opposite direction, according to the Maryland State Police.

The driver of the Chevrolet Camaro was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger of the Chevrolet Camaro was also pronounced deceased at the scene. State troopers from the College Park Barrack and CRASH team investigators are conducting the ongoing investigation of this Prince George’s County fatal car accident.

A Fatal Car Crash Can Devastate Families

A fatal accident is a horrific tragedy for surviving family members. Often they are faced with unexpected medical bills, funeral bills, loss of income, and grievous heartache from losing a loved one. Nothing can ever replace a lost life. If the fatal accident was caused by another person’s carelessness, surviving family members may have a legal claim. This is true also when it is a passenger who died as a result of their driver’s fault.

Fatal Car Accident Lawyer Prince George’s County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated fatal car accident lawyer, 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 fatal car accidents for over three decades, including fatal car crash cases in Prince George’s County. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer Prince George’s County MD

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in fatal car accident and other cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating, and a Maryland Super Lawyer rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Prince George’s County Wrongful Death Attorney

If a fatal car accident has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member, you need an experienced fatal car accident lawyer and wrongful death attorney. Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragedy, and help you obtain justice and closure. We handle fatal car accidents in Prince George’s County, including Bowie, College Park, District Heights, Hyattsville, Laurel, Beltsville, Greenbelt, and the surrounding area.

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Understanding Liability in Car Accidents in Maryland

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The state of Maryland is one of only a handful of states that follows the system of pure contributory negligence when it comes to recovering compensation for injuries suffered in a car accident. What is the doctrine of pure contributory negligence? Under pure contributory negligence, an injured party can recover damages only if they are not in any way at fault in the cause of a car accident. Practically speaking, this means if the court determines you were only 1% at fault in causing a car wreck, you wouldn’t be eligible to recover damages for your injuries.

Insurance Companies and the Doctrine of Pure Contributory Negligence

You can bet insurance companies are aware of the doctrine of pure contributory negligence and what it means for claims related to car accidents. That’s why insurers retain a team of accident investigators, accident reconstructionists, and medical experts. If they can gather and present evidence that you contributed to what happened, they can greatly reduce or avoid paying a claim altogether. But how often can the doctrine of pure contributory negligence affect the outcome of a car accident claim?

Well, imagine you’re driving in inclement weather. Suddenly, the car in front of you spins out or slams on the brakes and you rear-end them. You’re not at fault, right? It was the snow or ice and the bad driving on the part of the person you hit. Well, if after measuring skid marks and analyzing the damage done to your car and the one you hit, it’s likely the insurer will argue you were driving too fast or too close, given the weather conditions. Alternatively, if you were the car rear-ended, investigators will argue you contributed to the accident for similar reasons.

Other Strategies for Reducing Claims in Car Accidents

Car insurance companies won’t stop at investigating the nature or cause of an accident. In order to strengthen their case, they’ll want to talk to you, the injured person, as soon as possible after the crash. Here, an insurance agent will feign concern or interest in your condition in the hopes of gaining your confidence so that you’ll open up and answer questions that hopefully show you were negligent in some way. For example, you might be asked what you remember, if you saw brake lights, how fast you were going, if you were on your cell phone, etc.

Car Accident Lawyer Howard County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated car accident lawyer, 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 distracted driving accident cases, including texting accidents and cell use while driving car accidents, for over three decades. 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 results in car car accidents and other cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Protect Yourself – Contact Car Accident Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, contact Columbia, Maryland car accident attorney or call 410-740-0101 to learn how we can protect you. We understand how insurance companies work and the different methods they use to reduce or avoid paying car accident claims.

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