Causation in a Personal Injury Claim

Causation in a Personal Injury ClaimWhen you file a personal injury lawsuit, you must first show that the at-fault party failed to act as a reasonable person—that their conduct was below what would be considered reasonable in society. In addition, you must show that the breach of duty caused you to suffer an injury.

Under the law, there are two types of causation—actual cause and proximate cause—and you must show both. Actual cause, also known as “but for” cause, simply asks the question whether the accident (and your injury) would have occurred in the absence of the defendant’s breach of the standard of care. Proximate cause is a bit more complex, looking at whether or not the consequences (your injury) were reasonably foreseeable as a result of the breach.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Ellicott City, MD

Maryland Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively represented personal injury victims in Maryland for more than 30 years, including people who have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident. He understands the impact a personal injury can have on every aspect of your life and will work hard to get full and fair compensation for all your losses.

Because of his record and reputation, he has been a multiple recipient of 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 respected by his colleagues in the legal profession, who have given him 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.

Top-Rated Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney in Maryland

We offer comprehensive counsel to anyone who has been hurt in a car, truck or motorcycle accident. 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.

The Standard of Care in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

The Standard of Care in a Personal Injury LawsuitIf you have suffered an injury because of someone else’s carelessness of negligence, you will most likely bring a lawsuit under a legal theory of negligence. To successfully prove negligence, you must first show that the defendant (the wrongdoer) breached his or her duty or standard of care. Under long-established law, there is a duty owed by everyone in society to act reasonably. This applies to all conduct. Accordingly, if you are behind the wheel of a car, you have a duty to drive as a reasonable person would. If you own a home or commercial building, you must reasonably monitor and maintain the premises to minimize the risk of injury to others.

In a lawsuit, it’s the finder of fact (typically the jury) that determines whether the defendant’s conduct complied with or breached the standard of care.

Top-Rated Personal Injury Attorney in 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, including people who have hurt in a motor vehicle accident. 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.

Baltimore County, Maryland, Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

If you have been hurt in a car or truck accident, 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.

Bicyclist Dies in Hit and Run Accident

Bicyclist Dies in Hit and Run AccidentPolice are still looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck a bicyclist in Towson on Monday night. The 20-year-old victim was riding his bicycle at approximately 10:30 pm in the 6200 block of Charles Street, when witnesses say he was struck from behind by a motorist, who did not stop. The man was then hit by a second car. The driver of that vehicle stayed on the scene.

Ellicott City, MD Personal Injury Lawyer

Maryland Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively represented personal injury victims in Maryland for more than 30 years, including people who have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident. He understands the impact a personal injury can have on every aspect of your life and will work hard to get full and fair compensation for all your losses.

Because of his record and reputation, he has been a multiple recipient of 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 respected by his colleagues in the legal profession, who have given him 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.

Top-Rated Maryland Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

We offer full service legal counsel to anyone who has been hurt in a car, truck or motorcycle accident. 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.

Snapchat Faces Lawsuits Over Filters

accident using mobile

Snapchat is a popular application for smart phones, a social networking app that allows you to communicate with messages that disappear shortly after you post them. The app also has filters you can use…one of them determines the speed at which you are traveling and superimposes it on any image you send. The app also allows you to win a “trophy” if you use certain features, such as the “speedometer” filter. This, of course, can be an incentive to drive while distracted, to take a “selfie” while you’re behind the wheel, so that you can get the trophy.

Snapchat has already been implicated in a number of motor vehicle accident claims, from the death of three people in Philadelphia in December, 2016 (the driver was allegedly on Snapchat at the time of the accident) to a woman who crashed (and videotaped the accident) while going 110 miles per hour.

Ellicott City, MD Personal Injury Lawyer

Maryland Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively represented personal injury victims in Maryland for more than 30 years, including people who have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident. He understands the impact a personal injury can have on every aspect of your life and will work hard to get full and fair compensation for all your losses.

Because of his record and reputation, he has been a multiple recipient of 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 respected by his colleagues in the legal profession, who have given him 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.

Top-Rated Maryland Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

We offer full service legal counsel to anyone who has been hurt in a car, truck or motorcycle accident. 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.

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.

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.

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