Toddler Injured in Car Crash Released From Hospital

A car crash on March 27 injured a one-year-old girl after her mother allegedly collided with a Columbia school bus, reported The Baltimore Sun. The girl was released from the Baltimore’s John School Bus Hopkins children Center where she had been treated after the car crash. Howard County Police stated that the mom, Columbia resident Ashley Nicole Smith, 23, had tried to turn left in front of a school bus on Little Patuxent Parkway near Hickory Ridge Road.

Fortunately, no one in the bus was injured. There were five people on the school bus, including the driver and two aids, and two students. The Acura driven by Ashley was struck on the rear passenger side, where the child was strapped in her safety seat.

At the time of the car crash the school bus was traveling to the Forbush School in Hunt Valley. The Forbush School, according to its website, provides “special education and related services for children ages 5 to 21 with autism . . . ” A second school bus came to take the students to school. At this time, no charges have been filed but the Howard County Police continue to investigate the car accident.

When people take unnecessary risks on the road, they put themselves, their loved ones, and other drivers and passengers in danger. Making a left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle is considered a negligent or careless act, and could cause a car crash. If you have suffered an injury from a car crash that was caused by another person’s carelessness, whether they turned in front of you, or rear-ended you, or in some other way acted carelessly to cause your injuries, you may be able to pursue a legal claim to pay for your medical treatment and other losses.

Personal injury lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith can help you understand your rights regarding a car crash where you have been injured because someone else acted negligently. Attorney Smith is passionate about fighting for the rights of those who have suffered serious injury or lost a loved one in an accident that should never have happened.

With a proven track record stretching over 30 years, Jonathan Smith can help you determine the best next step.

He has earned acknowledgement from clients and peers, including being

  • Selection as a Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation (trial) lawyer by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent ™* Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (for 25 years in a row).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry).

*These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, and a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Maryland Car Crash Attorney: Call to Find Out How We Help

Learn how we can help you obtain full and fair compensation for injuries suffered in a car crash or car accident. Email us or call 410.740.0101 to schedule a consultation.

Our personal injury law firm represents injured people throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County.

Fatal Car Crash Kills Driver and Passengers

Fatal Car Crash in Odenton Kills Three

A fatal car accident occurred early Easter Sunday on Piney Orchard Parkway and Riverscape Road in Odenton at about 12:30 a.m. A 2005 Subaru had crashed into a tree, reported The Baltimore Sun. According to police, the driver failed to negotiate a curve. His car left the road, struck a light pole and then a tree. Tragically, the car crash claimed the driver’s life, as well as two passengers.

A Fatal Car Accident Can Devastate Loved Ones

A fatal crash is a horrific tragedy for surviving family members. Often they are faced with unexpected medical bills, funeral bills, loss of income, and grievous heartache from losing a loved one. Nothing can ever replace a lost life. If the fatal car crash was caused by another person’s carelessness, surviving family members may have a legal claim. This is true also when it is a passenger who died as a result of their driver’s fault.

Fatal Car Crash Lawyer Anne Arundel County MD

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated fatal car accident lawyer, 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 fatal car crash cases for over three decades, including fatal car accidents in Anne Arundel County. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer Anne Arundel County MD

The care we give to each case gets noticed. It’s what sets our firm apart. 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.
  • “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.

Anne Arundel County Wrongful Death Attorney

If a fatal car accident has caused injuries to, or the death of, a family member, you need an experienced fatal car crash lawyer and wrongful death attorney. Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragedy, and help you obtain justice and closure.

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis, Severna Park, Odenton, Pasadena, Arnold, Glen Burnie, Crofton, Parole, and Severn. He also handles truck accident cases in Baltimore County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

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Car Crash on I-195 in Baltimore County Kills Man

Man Killed in Car Crash on I-95 in Baltimore County

A car crash on I-195 killed a man on December 13, 2012, when he lost control of his car on I-95 and careened into a 2002 Suburban. According to an investigation by Maryland State Police, the driver was traveling north on I-95 around 7 a.m., when he spun out of control and struck an embankment. Police do not know what caused him to lose control.

After striking the embankment, the Ford Focus became airborne, went over the overpass and struck the Suburban, which was traveling east on I-195. Police were not been able to determine the cause of the car crash.

Highly Recognized Maryland Car Accident Attorney

A trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience, Jonathan Scott Smith represents victims in car crash cases, 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.
  • 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.

Attorney Smith handles a wide range of car crash, motor vehicle accident and personal injury claims. He takes cases involving serious and catastrophic loss, as well as wrongful death.

Columbia, Maryland, Car Crash and Personal Injury Lawyer

To learn how we can help you get full and fair compensation for injuries suffered in a car crash or motor vehicle accident, contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent injured people throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s 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.

Proving Whiplash With Chiropractic After a Car Crash

Whiplash

Whiplash commonly occurs when a car is struck from behind in a rear-end collision. The impact of the crash causes the driver’s (and any passenger’s) head to “whip” quickly back and then forward again.

In low-speed rear-end collisions, a person may appear to have no visible injury, yet he or she will have suffered a whiplash injury. When the head is violently snapped back and forth so quickly, the neck is stretched far beyond its normal capacity.

Whiplash Injuries Can Cause Severe Pain

The whiplash movement’s accelerated force typically damages neck muscles and upper back muscles in the immediate area. The vertebrae can also be injured, causing moderate to severe pain and other symptoms.

People who have suffered whiplash may brush the injury off. They often believe they are just sore after the accident, and that they will soon recover. The accident may well have adrenalized them and they are numb to what is truly going in their body. As a result, it may be days before they finally visit the doctor or chiropractor.

Some whiplash injuries heal within days or weeks, even without treatment. However some whiplash, if left untreated can lead to serious, chronic pain and leave a person vulnerable to serious injury and other problems in the neck and back.

If you have suffered a whiplash injury that needs treatment, it can take time to heal. Generally, people receive chiropractic treatment and physical therapy.

Chiropractic Treatment of Whiplash Neck Pain

Chiropractors are regularly involved in the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash injuries caused by car accidents and other types of accidents. The chiropractor’s work centers on performing gentle, noninvasive spinal treatments so that whiplash neck pain patients will regain a sense of health and wellbeing.

In many cases, a chiropractor’s work helps track the pain back to its source, thus resolving the issue at its roots through carefully administered chiropractic treatments.

Chiropractors also document and track a patient’s progress, records which can be useful in the event that a personal injury claim is filed.

Physical Therapists and Whiplash Injury

Physical therapists work with whiplash injured patients to help reduce spasms in the neck or upper back muscles, increase the circulation, and help with healing the injured area. PT generally includes carefully monitored and appropriate exercise of the injured area. It can also include ice, moist heat, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Columbia, Maryland

If you were injured in an accident caused by another, you may have a right to seek compensation for your whiplash, neck pain, or other types of injuries suffered. To schedule an appointment with an experienced personal injury attorney at the Smith Personal Injury Firm, in Columbia, Maryland, call 410-740-0101 or contact us online.

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.

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.

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