Do You Have to Remove Snow and Ice from Your Car in Maryland?

Can You Be Liable for a Motor Vehicle Accident If Your Visibility Is Impaired?

A lot of people do it in the winter in Baltimore and across Maryland—there’s a little snow or accumulation of ice on your windshield, maybe the windows are frosted up, but you’re in a hurry… running late. So you head out on the roads with snow on the hood or windshield, or peering through a small section of window that you’ve scraped clean. What happens if you cause an accident because you can’t see another motorist?

There is no law in Maryland requiring that you take the time to clean snow or ice from your vehicle or ensure that your windows are fully defrosted. But that only means you won’t face criminal charges or get a traffic citation if you cause an accident. In a civil lawsuit based on the accident, the injured party may have little difficulty showing that your failure to clean the car was negligent. The standard for determining negligence is what a reasonable person would do. If a reasonable person would have cleaned snow and ice off the car, you can be held liable for failing to do so.

Results-oriented Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Personal Injury Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has protected the rights of personal injury victims in and around the greater Baltimore area for more than 30 years. He is a skilled and experienced litigator with the proven ability to obtain positive results at trial.

As a testament to his reputation for successful advocacy, attorney Smith has received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). AVVO also has awarded him a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating as a litigator, and he is AV-rated by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. He’s a Maryland Super Lawyer and also was recognized as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine.

Effective Baltimore, MD Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been hurt because of the wrongful act of another person, 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 Holiday Parties in Maryland

Can You Be Responsible If Someone Becomes Intoxicated at Your Holiday Party and Causes an Accident?

Liability for Holiday Parties in MarylandThe holiday season is just around the corner and there likely will be plenty of holiday cheer going around. What happens in Maryland when a person becomes inebriated at an office or private party, gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, and causes an accident? Can the person who served the alcohol be held responsible for injuries suffered in the accident (including those of the party guest)?

In Maryland, unlike most other states, there are no dram shop or social-host liability laws. The courts have consistently refused to find that a social host has liability when a party guest over-imbibes and causes an accident. It’s important to understand that the person who became intoxicated may still have liability—the court simply won’t extend that liability to a third party who made alcohol available. If the party to whom the alcohol was provided was a minor, there may be criminal charges filed, but there’s still no social-host liability for personal injuries.

Experienced Montgomery County, Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has protected the rights of personal injury victims across Maryland for more than 30 years. A proven and effective trial attorney, Smith knows that a personal injury can change your life, and will aggressively fight to get full and fair compensation for all your losses. He’s a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor held by less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million-dollar judgments, awards or settlements. He has the experience, skill, knowledge and resources to zealously protect your rights after a personal injury.

The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has designated Smith as one of the top 100 attorneys in the State of Maryland. He has been honored among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers and was named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer in 2012. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys lists attorney Smith as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.”

Every year since 1988, Smith has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by other lawyers under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. He also has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, given to less than 4% of all attorneys in that directory. He holds a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of five stars.

Top-Rated Carroll County, Maryland Accidental Injury Lawyer

We offer comprehensive legal counsel to anyone who suffers a needless injury because of the carelessness or negligence of others. Send us an e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent slip-and-fall injury victims in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Filing a Lawsuit When You Are Injured as a Passenger on a Motorcycle

Potential Sources of Recovery

Filing a Lawsuit When You Are Injured as a Passenger on a MotorcycleIt’s no secret that a motorcycle is a far more dangerous way to travel than a passenger vehicle. There’s really no protection between you and the road, and the slightest loss of control can bring you down. Often, the accident may not involve another vehicle. What are your options when you suffer needless injury as a passenger on someone else’s motorcycle?

In any situation where you’ve been injured, your best option for financial recovery will generally be under a legal theory of negligence. To prove negligence, you need to show that someone else failed to act reasonably under the circumstances. It doesn’t need to be a driver, either. If you can show that the roadway was poorly maintained, that there was a defective part on the motorcycle, or even that a pedestrian stepped out in front of you, you may have a claim. In addition to showing a breach of the duty to act reasonably, you also have to establish a causal link between the wrongful act and the accident. You’ll also have to show that you suffered actual losses.

Results-Oriented Frederick County Personal Injury Attorney

Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has fought for the rights of personal injury victims across the state of Maryland for over three decades. Smith is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor bestowed on less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements. A highly experienced trial attorney, Smith knows the impact a personal injury can have on every part of your life, and will fight to get full and fair compensation for all your losses. He has the skill, knowledge, experience and resources to successfully argue your claim in court.

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has listed attorney Smith as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.” He has been included among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012.

The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has honored Smith as one of the top 100 attorneys in the state of Maryland. He has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has also received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars. He has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his other lawyers under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, given to less than 4% of all attorneys in that directory.

Top-Rated Baltimore, MD Accidental Injury Lawyer

We offer comprehensive legal counsel to anyone who has suffered a needless injury because of the carelessness or negligence of others. Send us an e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent slip and fall injury victims in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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.

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