Originating from a property owned by a local district attorney, Glen Burnie, MD, was established in the early 1800s when it was selected as the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Laid out in 1812 in the area now known as Brooklyn Park, this site was initially called "Glennsburne," but later changed to "Glennsbourne Farm" and then to "Glenburnie," as the property changed hands through successive heirs.
Ultimately called Glen Burnie, the area became an official state subdivision in 1888 as the family worked to promote development of the town. Today, the nearly 13 square miles that makes up Glen Burnie is home to more than 67,000 people who live in this large suburb of Baltimore City. Glen Burnie is also home to one of Maryland’s District Courts, which handles all manner of civil and criminal cases year round.
With so many individuals and families living and working in the Glen Burnie and Baltimore area, it is not uncommon to see news stories of one or more of these residents being the innocent victims of some kind of traffic accident or other incident leading to bodily injury. As practicing Baltimore-area attorneys, Lebowitz & Mzhen handles a wide range of civil suits involving negligence in the workplace, malpractice by local hospitals and doctors, nursing home abuse and neglect, as well as automobile, motorcycle and commercial trucking accidents.
The frequency of injury accidents on Maryland’s highways and surface streets is such that most anyone who drives, walks, bicycles or commutes on municipal trains, buses and taxis may one day be caught up in an injury-related traffic wreck. Being experienced personal injury lawyers who represent those hurt in Maryland and the District of Columbia, we understand how seemingly simple circumstances can end up causing serious injury and even death to local residents.
Take, for example, injuries resulting from trucking-related roadway collisions. Most people who live and work in the Glen Burnie and Baltimore areas are regularly exposed to the hazards posed by large commercial vehicles plying the streets and expressways of our state. As an unavoidable consequence of our modern age, motorists and passengers alike traveling in the relatively small sedans, SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks must inevitably share the road with much larger, more massive semi tractor-trailers, large box trucks, commercial delivery vehicles, city buses and other heavy-weight motor vehicles.
Because of the close proximity with which passenger cars and trucks must coexist, there is no avoiding the rather frequent trucking-related road accidents that we read of nearly every day. With so many vehicles on our expressways, it is surprising that more people are not injured or killed as a consequence of the mismatch of vehicles on public roads. At Lebowitz & Mzhen we have seen the results of collisions between smaller automobiles and larger 18-wheelers, flatbed haulers, construction dump trucks, cargo-carrying box trucks and even automobile carriers making deliveries to the numerous auto dealers throughout the state. Having worked in this field for many years, our firm knows that many of these commercial truck-related collisions are the result of either trucker error or driver fatigue.
What should be one of the more avoidable causes, driver fatigue continues to be major problem on our nation’s highways. As one of the primary causes of trucking-related accidents, federal regulations have been put in place requiring drivers and trucking operators to adhere to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations regarding hours of service on the road. Unfortunately, because some commercial trucking companies provide incentives to truckers for on-time or early delivery of cargo, numerous drivers eschew safety in favor of monetary reward. If a trucking accident occurs as a result of this kind of activity, it is not unreasonable for both the trucker and the company who employs him to be held accountable for any injuries sustained as a result.
Because commercial truck drivers are held to specific standards, a qualified Maryland personal injury lawyer should be familiar with both state and federal commercial vehicle laws and regulations, violations of which may be sufficient to hold a trucker liable if he or she causes an accident while driving on a public road.
Needless to say, there are a number of important considerations that must be made when investigating commercial trucking wrecks. These days, many of the big rig tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers have so-called "black boxes" integrated into their engine control and vehicle navigation systems. These computer-based data recorders track specific operating parameters while the vehicle is being driven. Similar to those units found in commercial aircraft, these recorders can provide very specific information prior to and during a crash event, which can prove very useful to a plaintiff seeking to recover damages from injuries sustained in a car-truck collision.
If you or someone you love has been hurt or seriously injured in a trucking-related accident, we recommend that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to better understand your situation and your rights under the law. As attorneys who handle tractor-trailer and delivery truck accident cases, Lebowitz & Mzhen is ready to discuss the particulars with anyone who believes their injuries are a result of negligence on the part of a truck driver or his employer.
Our expertise also extends to wrongful death lawsuits, which may be brought following a fatal traffic accident involving an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle. Lebowitz & Mzhen legal experts are also skilled in legal claims involving products liability and defective vehicle equipment; prescription mistakes and pharmacy misfills; medical malpractice and surgical errors; injuries to minors and young children; as well as injuries sustained by seniors in nursing homes and assisted care facilities. We are available for a no-obligation consultation by phone (1-800-654-1949), by e-mail, or by appointment at our legal offices.Driving Directions
The Lebowitz & Mzhen law offices are located in Owings Mills, Maryland, about 16 miles from Baltimore. Our address is 10 Crossroads Drive, Suite 105, Owings Mills, MD, 21117, and we can be reached by taking the Jones Falls Expressway to Interstate 695 West. After you merge onto I-695 West/ Baltimore Beltway Outer Loop towards Pikesville, go another 4.4 miles and take the MD-140 North exit (Exit 20) toward Garrison. Turn right onto Reisterstown Road/MD-140 West, travel approximately 1.3 miles to Crossroads Dr., then turn left. Take the first right onto Park Center Ct. Make a left at the first available street into the parking lot that serves our offices. You will find our offices on the first floor in Suite 105.