With a population of about 30,000 local residents living on less than 10 square miles of land area, Owings Mills, MD, is a one of Maryland’s many unincorporated communities. Ranked squarely in the middle of a 100-strong list of communities named by CNNMoney.com as the "100 Best Places to Live and Launch," Owings Mills is comprised of a half dozen separate and distinct neighborhoods, including Belltown, Delight, Owings Mills New Town, Tollgate, Gwynnbrook and Worthington.
These six areas represent a total of 12,500 households, a third of which have children under 18 years old and about eight percent which have a family member 65 years or older. With more than half the residential population of Owings Mills in the age range of 25 to 64 years old, many of the people who make these communities their home also work in or around the area; many likely have jobs in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area as well. It is likely that most of these individuals commute to work either by personal vehicle, car pool, or via some kind of public transportation.
Some of the younger residents either travel by car or bus to the local schools in the Baltimore County Public Schools system, or to one of the nearby institutions of higher education, such as the Community College of Baltimore County, ITT Technical Institute, or the Owings Mills campus of Stevenson University. Being part of the greater Baltimore area, residents may frequently find themselves on any number of local roadways, including MD-129, MD-519, MD-130, MD-140 or Interstate 795.
Civil, criminal and other legal proceedings affecting events within Owings Mills will likely find themselves on the dockets at the Baltimore County Courts Building located at 401 Bosley Avenue in Towson, Maryland, about 10 miles away. Because the Circuit Court for Baltimore County is of the general jurisdiction type, the court has full common law and equity powers in adjudicating criminal, civil, family law and juvenile cases. The court is also the only one in the county with the authority to carry on trials by jury.
Not only does the Circuit Court handle civil cases, including lawsuits brought by one party against another — such as automobile injury, medical malpractice, pharmacy errors and wrongful death claims — the court also has the power to decide appeals from the District court as well as certain administrative agencies. In regard to civil cases, the Circuit Court is the exclusive arbiter of claims exceeding $20,000. District Court handles all traffic-related matters, criminal misdemeanors, and those civil cases in which the disputed amount is less than $10,000.
Many personal injury lawsuits taken up by Maryland courts involve traffic accidents that have resulted in the injury or death of a driver, passenger or pedestrian. In some instances, a roadway-related collision may involve a municipal bus, school bus or other type of mass transit conveyance that carries one or more paying passengers. Because many large commuter and touring buses are designed with a tall overall height (high center of gravity), they can be difficult to control during emergency maneuvers; sometimes resulting in a serious rollover type of crash. The tragic consequences of a bus accident can be compounded by the potentially large number of injured victims that naturally occur due to the greater passenger capacity of these vehicles.
In addition to traffic collisions involving buses, passenger cars and motorcycles, all of which carry commuters to and from their jobs in the Owings Mills and Baltimore County area, commuters on foot walking from their vehicle, a bus stop or a train station can often times become victims of a traffic-related injury accident. The legal team at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, knows that nobody expects to become a roadway accident statistic when they leave their home in the morning, which is why we place great importance on helping these individuals and their families recover damages following a serious injury accident.
In the case of pedestrian accidents, the most frequent cause is usually some kind of driver distraction. With the multiple devices fighting for people’s attention in cars these days, it is not surprising that one or more distractions can be factors in a serious car-pedestrian collision. Talking or texting on a cellphone, fiddling with car audio controls, paying too much attention to a GPS navigation and not enough on the road — even eating food or applying makeup — can pull a motorist’s attention away from the task at hand just long enough to cause a bad crash.
In addition to distracted driving, pedestrians can end up as victims of a dangerous intersection. There have been instances where a person on foot has been hurt in a collision with a passenger car, commercial truck or motorcycle due to something as simple as poorly placed traffic signage or lack of a merging lane, either of which can present a potentially lethal situation for any pedestrian. Incorrectly set traffic signal timing can also be a danger to persons crossing a roadway; not allowing pedestrians sufficient time to get out of the roadway in time has been known to result in serious bodily injury or even death.
The law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen is ready to help with all manner of personal injury cases. As experienced trial lawyers, our attorneys know how a properly prepared legal case can many times result in a pretrial settlement — essentially avoiding the extra time and expense of a possibly lengthy courtroom trial. At the same time, our legal team is always ready to take every case to trial, since many lawsuits do eventually end up in front of a judge or jury.
Whatever the course, our primary goal is to obtain the best possible outcome for each of our valued clients. Whether the claim is based on a negligent motorist or commercial truck driver, a poorly-trained physician or medical professional, negligent nursing home staff, or a medication error from a pharmacy chain, we strive to give every client our full attention. Please call us at 1-800-654-1949 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Getting to our main offices is straightforward. The law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen is located in Owings Mills, MD, about 16 miles from Baltimore and situated at 10 Crossroads Drive, Suite 105, Owings Mills, MD, 21117. If driving, one can find our offices by taking the Jones Falls Expressway to Interstate 695 West. Merging onto I-695 West/ Baltimore Beltway Outer Loop and go toward Pikesville. After traveling about 4.4 miles, take the MD-140 North exit (Exit 20) toward Garrison. Turn right onto Reisterstown Road/MD-140 West and go another 1.3 miles to Crossroads Dr. Turn left onto Crossroads Dr. and take the next right onto Park Center Court. Make a left at the first available street and go into the parking lot that serves our offices. Our offices are conveniently located on the first floor, Suite 105.