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.

Contact Our Office

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.

Driver Convicted of Wrongful Death in Fatal Car Accident

Accident in Car Results in Two Deaths

On November 10, 2010, a car accident occurred on Route 175 in Columbia, Howard County. A Saturn Ion that was traveling westbound on Route 175 was speeding in excess of the 55 m.p.h. speed limit on a spare tire. It crossed the median and then entered the eastbound lanes, crashing into a minivan, killing the driver. A passenger was thrown from the Saturn and also died. On April 11, 2012, the Saturn’s driver, Joseph G. Lawrence, entered an Alford guilty plea to negligent manslaughter, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Fatal Car Accidents Claim Many Lives

In 2009, 33,808 people died in fatal car accidents in the United States, according to U. S. Census statistics. A car accident that results in deaths of loved ones leaves tragic and devastating consequences on surviving family members.

Compensating Victims of Wrongful Death in a Car Crash

No amount of money can replace a loved one killed by a driver’s carelessness. Wrongful death can result in not only the loss of a loving relationship, but also medical expenses, funeral expenses, and lost income. Maryland law permits legal claims by the deceased’s estate, as well as wrongful death claims by surviving spouses, parents, and children.

Howard County Car Accident and Wrongful Death Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated trial lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. He has successfully handled many car accidents, fatal car accidents, wrongful death, and other injury cases. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him. Mr. Smith is considered to be one of the best lawyers in Howard County.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful 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.

Contact Us

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 and wrongful death.

Successful Claim for Pedestrian Killed in Car Wreck Caused by Drunk Driver

Deaths Caused by Drunk Drivers in Car Wrecks

 

Too many innocent people are injured or killed by drunk drivers in Maryland and the United States every year. Tragically, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics reveal that over 13,000 people were killed annually in the United States by alcohol-impaired drivers. DUI drivers should be punished for causing fatal auto accidents, and make restitution to their victims. Mothers Against Drunk Driving was established to stop drunk driving and to support its victims.

Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Driver

On October 1, 2010, Scott T. Berenbach left a wedding reception where he had been drinking alcohol and chose to get behind the wheel of a car. He struck and killed Adam J. O’Connor, a pedestrian who was attempting to cross Ft. Smallwood Road in Anne Arundel County. Investigating police officers made Berenbach submit to an alcohol test, which revealed his blood alcohol level to be .07 – equivalent to driving while impaired by alcohol in Maryland. He later plead guilty to a drunk driving offense and was sentenced to jail.

Death Claim Settled Against Drunk Driver

The drunk driver’s victim, Mr. O’Connor, left behind a mother and 15-year old daughter to grieve over the loss of their son and father. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, an experienced personal injury lawyer, represented the victims and successfully resolved their claims with the insurance company. The insurer agreed to pay the full policy limits. The money was used to pay for Mr. O’Connor’s funeral expenses and to create a fund to pay for his daughter’s future college education.

Drunk Driving Victim Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents victims of drinking and driving accidents in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto wrecks 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.

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.

Howard County 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.

Baltimore Insurance Claims Adjusters and Other Car Insurance Representatives Are NOT Looking Out for Your Best Interest

Why Maryland Car Insurance Companies Are Not on Your Side after a B-W Parkway or Other Auto Accident
(Even if it is your own insurance company!)

Car Insurance CompaniesMost people feel that because they pay their insurance company premiums, the insurance company is on their side. Many claims adjusters would have you believe the same thing, claiming they are trying to get you the most money in your pocket and telling you that you do not need a lawyer.

The fact is that insurance companies, and their representatives, are not on your side and do not even consider your interests. They are accountable to shareholders, who are only interested in profit. Profit is created by collecting as much as possible in car insurance premiums and paying out as little as possible in car accident claims.

Studies have shown, and it has been our experience as well, that the vast majority of people who hire an auto accident attorney net more money than they would have if they had accepted the initial settlement offer by the insurance company. Why else would an insurance company try to convince an injured party to settle without having a lawyer? Many people are not savvy enough to retain a personal injury attorney after a Baltimore car accident, which can be a catastrophic mistake. First, chances are you will not receive the compensation you deserve for your Maryland auto accident. Second, and equally important, without representation, you may prematurely sign a waiver, and not receive compensation if an injury sustained in a car accident manifests itself at a later time, which is not an uncommon event.

Insurance companies take advantage of your situation and your ignorance of Maryland personal injury laws. The insurance companies do not take any action before consulting their lawyers, why should you?

Contact Our Office

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.

Howard County Police Officer Injured by Alleged Drunk Driver

Drunk Drivers Cause Injuries and Deaths in Maryland

Drunk drivers are responsible for causing untold tragedies in Maryland every year. Unfortunately, drunken driving accidents are responsible for injuries to other drivers and passengers. Tragically, sometimes people have been killed by DUI drivers in fatal auto accidents. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics reveal that over 13,000 people were killed annually in the United States by alcohol-impaired drivers.

Recently, a Howard County police officer who was conducting a traffic stop was struck by an alleged drunk driver. The officer was hit while investigating a traffic violation at Route 40 and Route 29. An alleged drunk driver struck the rear of the police car, pushing it into another car, which then struck and injured the police officer, according to the Baltimore Sun. Drinking & driving often results in car wrecks that cause personal injuries to innocent people.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a drunk driver 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, you need an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to ensure you and your family receive the advice, representation and counsel to obtain restitution from the drunk driver.

Drunk Driving Victim Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents victims of drinking and driving accidents in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto wrecks, 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.

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.

Howard County 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.

Evaluating Maryland Car Accident Claims

If you have been injured in a car accident in Maryland, you probably want to know the value of your personal injury claim. Quite simply, you want to know, “what is it worth?” Set forth below are the factors commonly considered in arriving at the fair value of bodily injury claims in Maryland automobile accident cases.

If an injury case goes to trial, Maryland law requires that the judge or jury itemize their verdict and allocate the award to economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses commonly include past (and future) medical expenses and lost income. Non-economic losses include the injuries, physical pain, mental suffering, effects on the injured person,
scarring or disfigurement, and any permanency.

1. Fault.

Whether another person is at fault, and to what extent, is the first and most important factor. In most car accidents it is obvious and undisputed which driver is at fault,
whether from rear end collisions, failing to stop at stop signs, going through
red traffic lights, or failing to yield the right of way.

In some cases, insurance companies will look for any way to avoid or minimize their insured driver’s responsibility. Maryland is one of the only states left that recognize
the affirmative defense of “contributory negligence,” which is where the injured
person failed to exercise reasonable care for their own safety, and caused or
contributed to the cause of their injuries. Contributory negligence completely
bars an injured party from recovery, even when the other party is at fault.

A common situation involves multiple vehicle, or “chain” collisions. For example, assume three cars are involved in a rear end collision. If the first driver in line states
that they felt two impacts, the insurance company for the third car may argue
that the second car rear ended the first car, and then the third car rear ended
the second. The insurance company may argue that the property damage to the
front of the second car was not caused by their insured. In addition, the
insurer may refuse any payment on the injury claim by claiming that the driver
of second car was contributorily negligent, or only accept responsibility for
one-half of the injury claim.

An experienced Maryland car accident attorney can evaluate your claim, and fight
aggressively for you.

2. Nature and Extent of Impact.

The nature and extent of the impact, and the resulting property damage, can carry a lot of weight in determining whether an insurance company will offer a settlement and, if so,
the amount. Special attention must be paid to those accidents resulting in
minimal damage. An insurance company will reason that if the damage to the
vehicle is minor, then it is unlikely that a driver or passenger sustained any injury
or anything more than a minor injury. Insurance companies litigate thousands of
cases and know from experience that judges and juries frequently award nothing
or perhaps only out of pocket expenses only, in these cases

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A rough rule of thumb is that if the damage is difficult to see, or appears minor, in a photograph, or the repair estimate or bill is less than $1,000.00, it will be difficult or
impossible to obtain any personal injury settlement voluntarily from a car
insurance company.

On the other hand, if the damage in a photograph appears extensive, or if the vehicle is declared a total loss, then this will cause greater value to be placed on the claim and
usually result in a higher settlement.

3. Initial Injury and Treatment.

The nature and extent of the injuries is an important factor in evaluating a car accident claim. Many accidents cause neck and back strains, or bruises from seat belts and air bags
that deployed. These “soft tissue” injuries will not be valued as much as more serious injuries such as fractures, ruptured or herniated disks, facial fractures, serious lacerations resulting in scarring and disfigurement.

Another important factor is whether the injured party was treated and/or transported by an ambulance to a hospital emergency room, or whether the first medical treatment
occurred within a couple of days after the accident, or much later. The longer a person waits to see a medical provider, the more likely questions will be raised whether they were in fact injured in the accident.

The best scenario is when the injured party is transported by ambulance to a hospital emergency room, and then receives prompt follow-up treatment by their primary care
physician or a specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon.

4. Follow-up Treatment.

In cases where the injured claimant is treated at the emergency room, followed by a couple of doctor visits, the claim will be evaluated as minor. Often, experienced car accident lawyers will not handle these cases because the time and expense to open a file, obtain police reports and medical records and bills, is not worth the eventual fee.

People who are treated at an emergency room, regularly see treating physicians, receive physical therapy, and undergo common diagnostic tests such as x-rays, MRI’s, and CT
scans will have their claims evaluated much higher. The most serious cases involve treatment for fractures, in patient surgeries, long term treatment and rehabilitation, and are evaluated higher. Car accidents involving fatalities are evaluated as the most serious and usually receive the highest awards. It is critical to have an experienced Maryland wrongful death lawyer to represent you.

Insurance companies also consider the identity of the treating physician. Does the health care provider treat a high volume of injured claimants? Do personal injury lawyers regularly refer clients to the provider? Was the injured party referred to the doctor or chiropractor by their attorney? Insurers also consider the nature and extent of the treatment. Physical therapy or chiropractic treatment lasting no more than two to three months is considered reasonable. Long term therapy, or therapy initiated or repeated many months after the accident is considered unnecessary or unreasonable and will be discounted or ignored in the evaluation of the claim. Under Maryland law, a negligent party is responsible only for the “reasonable and necessary” treatment of the injured person.

5. Effects on Claimant and Activities.

One of the most important elements of an injury claim is the physical pain, and emotional
suffering, that a person sustains as a result of the injuries and any treatment.

An important question is what effects the injuries have on the injured person. This runs the gamut from the inability to work, attend school, engage in the usual activities of daily living, recreational pursuits, social activities, family life, and marriage. The extent of the effects, and the duration, are evaluated. Often, little or no documentation will appear in medical records. An injured party can document this on a calendar, in a journal, or with documents prepared by third parties.

6. Economic Losses.

Economic losses include medical expenses and lost income. Medical expenses includes hospital treatment, doctor’s bills, physical therapy bills, the cost of medical appliances and
prescriptions, and diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, MRI’s, CT scans, nerve conduction studies, etc. A claim can be made not only for past medical expenses, but also for medical expenses that a medical doctor or other expert states are likely to be incurred within a

“reasonable degree of probability.” This is defined as being more likely so than not so (or at least 51%). The mere possibility that an injured person might have surgery, or incur other future medical treatment does not meet this test and is not provable legally.

Economic losses for lost income include lost income from time missed from work, even if the injured party used sick or disability leave and received their normal pay. This is so
because the law recognizes that their sick leave or other work benefit was reduced. Most people return to work. In serious injury cases, the resulting disability may reduce the injured person’s earning capacity. This is compensable and involves experts to prove. Often experienced personal injury attorneys will have the client evaluated by a vocational rehabilitation expert to assess the estimated income the injured person would have received if the injuries had not occurred, compared with the estimated income after the injury and disability. Next, an economist determines the respective income streams and
work life expectancy, and reduces the difference to present value.

7. Permanency.

Fortunately, the typical person injured in a Maryland car accident undergoes medical treatment and returns to their normal functional state after reaching their “maximum
medical improvement.”

In more serious cases, people injured in motor vehicle collisions are left with impairments after treating professionals have done all that is possible. The resulting permanent impairments are significant factors that should result in a much higher settlement. Life expectancy tables can be consulted to determine the estimated time remaining in the injured person’s life during which they will endure the permanent impairment, pain, and effects on activities.

8. “Horrible Factor.”

This refers to a variety of situations where a claim will be given more value than another case where the injuries, treatment, and economic and non­-economic losses are the same. For example, a case where the accident was caused by a drunk driver with a revoked license will have more value than where the negligent driver is a nun driving home from volunteer work at a soup kitchen.

9. The Parties.

Some parties are more presentable, or sympathetic, than others. Accidents caused by tractor trailers, young inexperienced drivers, drivers engaged in texting or cell phone calls,
will be more likely to be won by claimants. Claimants who make a good appearance are more likely to receive higher awards. Race also plays an important factor. An African American claimant in Baltimore City or Prince George’s County is likely to be more successful because jurors are predominantly of the same race.

10. Jurisdiction.

Some Maryland jurisdictions are known to be more likely to award higher verdicts than other more conservative ones where defendants are more likely to win, or where the
awards are lower. Baltimore City and Prince George’s County are known to be more
claimant friendly and juries more likely to award higher amounts. Suburban counties, counties in Western Maryland, and counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are more conservative.

11. Summary.

There is no book, table, or formula that can provide the value of a personal or bodily injury
claim in a Maryland car accident case. In the past, many insurance companies and adjusters used a rule of thumb where they would multiply the medical expenses by three, and then add the lost income, to arrive at a settlement amount. This type of formula has been abandoned years ago and cannot be relied upon. Every case is unique. An experienced Maryland car accident lawyer can evaluate the case using the factors above, and settlements in previous cases, to arrive at a fair value.

If you have been injured in a car accident or motor vehicle collision in Maryland, you need an car accident lawyer such as Jonathan Scott Smith of the Smith Personal Injury Firm to assist you. Call now 410-740-0101, or contact his office online.

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