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.

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.

Motorcycle Deaths Up by Ten Percent in USA

The total number of fatalities from motorcycle accidents in America jumped from 4,560 to 5,010 in 2015, marking just the third time since statistics have been kept that the toll went above 5,000. According to authorities, 31 states reported an increase in the number of deaths involving motorcycle crashes. Most experts say the principal reason for the dramatic increase is the cheap cost of gas.

Public health officials have expressed concern about the potential for a substantial jump in traffic accidents since the price of gas plummeted in late 2014. Studies have been conducted showing a direct correlation between the cost of gas and the number traffic accidents and fatalities. Researchers say that, as the price of gas goes down, the incentive to drive goes up, especially for young drivers, who have less discretionary income, and whose driving may be mostly recreational. The more drivers on the road, the more accidents, assuming the accident rate remains the same.

A study by professor Guangqing Chi, of South Dakota State University, corroborated this theory. Chi found that a $2 reduction in the price of gas per gallon translated into an additional 9,000 deaths on American highways over the period of a year.

Experienced Personal Injury Representation in Maryland

If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, 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.

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.

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.

Rash of Motorcycle Accident Cases Strikes Maryland

Numerous Fatal Motorcycle Accident Cases Hit Region

A rash of motorcycle accident cases has occurred recently in the Baltimore area. A fatal motorcycle accident occurred over the Fourth of July weekend on Route 97 in Anne Arundel County. Another fatal motorcycle accident happened in Baltimore County the same weekend when the motorcycle struck a car. See more …

Yet another fatal motorcycle accident claimed the life of a male Ravens cheerleader on Route 15 near Frederick. The Baltimore Sun reported that the motorcycle struck the passenger side of a car that was turning.

A motorcycle accident often results in catastrophic injuries and deaths because riders have very little protection from crash forces from cars and trucks, and the rider’s contact with the vehicle or the roadway.

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.

Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Mr. Smith handles bodily injuries and deaths resulting from motorcycle accident cases, as well as auto accidents, drunk driving wrecks and in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince George,s (Prince Georges) County, Howard County, Carroll County, and Montgomery County, MD.

Contact Us

Call us now at 410-740-0101, or contact us online, and let us help you with your motorcycle accident claim.

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.

Contact Us

Let us help you with your motorcycle accident claim. Call us now at 410-740-0101, or contact us online.

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.

Contact Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

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.

Contact Us

Let us help you with your motorcycle accident claim. Call us now at410-740-0101, or contact us online.

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