Distracted Driving Becoming a National Problem

Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more and more motorists are involved in more and more accidents every year because they are distracted while behind the wheel. One of the most common culprits is a handheld device..statistics show that up to half of all drivers admit to sending or reading text messages while driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that cell phones alone play a part in about 1.6 million motor vehicle accident every year.

Experts say the distractions take three forms:

  • visual distractions, which take your eyes off the road
  • manual distractions, which take your hands off the wheel
  • cognitive distractions, which take your mental focus off the task at hand—driving

Handheld devices, such as cell phones and tablets, are among the most dangerous distractions, say authorities, because they typically involve some level of all three distractions.

Results-Oriented Columbia, Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has successfully represented personal injury victims in Maryland for over 30 years, including individuals who have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident. Because of his outstanding record and strong reputation for effective representation, Attorney Smith has been honored with 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 highly regarded by his colleagues in the legal profession, earning an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System, the highest rating possible. Attorney Smith was also recognized as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

Baltimore, Maryland, Automobile Accident Lawyer

If you have been hurt because of the wrongful act of another person, 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.

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.

Drivers Die in Howard County Fatal Car Accidents

Deaths in Howard County Fatal Car Accidents


Tragically, many drivers and passengers die in fatal car accidents. In 2009, 547 people died from fatal car accidents in Maryland, according to Census Bureau statistics. Howard County is no exception. Just this month, two drivers died in separate fatal car accidents.

On April 16, 2012, the driver of a 1985 Mercedes apparently turned in front of another car on Robert Fulton Drive in Howard County. The driver was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died of his injuries, according to news reports. On April 22, another driver’s car left the road on Route 32 in Howard County and struck a tree, resulting in the driver’s death, reported Howard County police.

Fatal Car Crashes Result in Tragic Deaths

Any fatal car wreck causes untold grief on loved ones, but fatal car accidents caused by another driver’s carelessness is even more devastating. While nothing can replace a lost loved one, the law does provide for restitution from the negligent driver.

Wrongful Death Claims

Legal claims for wrongful death of a loved in a fatal car accident include compensation for:

  • Medical Expenses.
  • Funeral Bills.
  • Lost income or earnings.
  • The victim’s injuries, and pain and suffering.
  • Family members’ loss of the relationship, including emotional pain and suffering, and loss of companionship, advice, counsel, and comfort.

Howard County Wrongful Death Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated trial lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. As you can see by his background, Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled wrongful death cases, 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 results in fatal 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, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Ellicott City and Columbia Car Accident Attorney

If a driver’s negligence or carelessness has caused the death of a family member in a fatal car accident in Howard County, you need an experienced wrongful death lawyer and car accident attorney. Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragic loss, and help you obtain justice and closure. Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation.

Car Accident Fatalities on the Rise among 16 and 17 Year Old Drivers

Maryland Car Accidents and Car Crash Fatalities: Give Them Good Driving Advice

While there has been a general downward trend in the number of car accident fatalitiesTeen Car Accident in Maryland and elsewhere across the country, preliminary numbers from the Governors Highway Safety Association in Washington D.C., indicate the trend is being bucked by 16 and 17 year old drivers. If the statistics bear out, this will mark the first time in five years that fatalities have increased.

There is some speculation that the cause in the rise of these teenage car fatalities is due to an improvement in the economy, where high gas prices and unemployment limited the driving of many teens. Others speculate that cell phone and texting are partially responsible for many of the teenage fatalities.

What Advice Can You Give Maryland Teenage Drivers to Help Them Avoid Accidents and Death?

  1. Make sure they understand the rules of the road. This is important and can help them avoid an auto accident because of committing a traffic violation.
  2. Teach them defensive driving. Being right doesn’t mean they won’t get hurt in a traffic accident caused by someone else.
  3. Teach them to turn their cell phones off when driving. The temptation is too great to look at a text, or see who is calling when the phone rings.
  4. Make sure they either have cab fare or someone they can call if they are too tired to drive. Driving tired, falling asleep at the wheel or not paying attention due to fatigue can all lead to a fatal car crash.
  5. Let them practice driving when they are with you. The more they practice, the better drivers they will become.

If your teenage son or daughter was involved in a car accident or auto wreck fatality in the Baltimore, Maryland area, including the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), the B-W Parkway or one of the interstate highways (such as I-95, I-70), or major local roads such as Route 29 and Route 40, please contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to ensure they and your family receive the advice, representation and counsel needed to make informed decisions.

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To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries.

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Ellicott City Car Wreck Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Car Bus Accident in Howard County Results in Injuries

Route 40 is one of the busiest roads in Ellicott City and Howard County, Maryland. Route 40 runs east and west, and has numerous car accidents. It is no surprise that many car accidents and collisions occur on Route 40 in Ellicott City.

On February 21, 2012, a car was traveling traveling eastbound on U.S. 40 in Howard County when the vehicle made a left turn toward Pebble Beach Drive in Ellicott City and struck a school bus traveling westbound on U.S. 40, according to news reports. One driver and a passenger were taken to Shock Trauma for treatment. Howard County Police indicated that the bus had a green traffic light and the right of way in the intersection. Howard County car crashes often result in serious injuries and, unfortunately, sometimes even fatalities.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a Howard County car crash, you need an experienced car injury lawyer to fight for you. A personal injury or accident attorney can fight for you to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Personal injury lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has more than 30 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies after car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. When the insurance company won’t budge on its lowball offer, Mr. Smith fights hard for his injured clients in court. He has extensive trial experience and knows what it takes to get successful results. He has achieved some of the highest personal injury verdicts and settlements in his area.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — 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, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.


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