Bethesda, Maryland

Located less than 30 minutes from Washington, D.C., Bethesda takes its name from a local historic church, the Bethesda Meeting House, originally built in 1820 and whose name derives from the Aramaic term, "beth hesda," meaning "house of mercy." Part of Montgomery County, Bethesda has more than 60,000 residents, though the area itself has no defined borders. Home to the main campus of the National Institutes of Health, as well as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda is also host to a variety of corporate headquarters as well as the offices of various government agencies.

The area sits near the old Washington and Rockville Turnpike, which itself grew from a route used by Native Americans in much earlier times. The more modern roadway became a toll road and provided passage for 19th century tobacco commerce and movement of other commodities between the towns of Rockville and Georgetown, and as far north as Frederick, MD. The area that is now Bethesda was initially a much smaller settlement that grew up around a general store and a tollhouse along the original turnpike.

These days, Maryland's Route 355 -- which parallels Interstate 270 -- is the main commercial thoroughfare running through Bethesda and going as far north as Frederick, about 40 minutes away. Known by various names at different points along the way -- such as Rockville Pike, Wisconsin Avenue, North Frederick Road and Urbana Pike -- Route 355 winds its way north through the Bethesda area and up into numerous other communities along the way.

With such a long reach, and being a well-traveled local roadway, Route 355 is constantly in the news with regard to any number of traffic-related accidents and roadway collisions. Because it is a surface street, with a multitude of intersections, access points and pedestrian crosswalks, it is not uncommon to run across stories referring to collisions between automobiles or commercial trucks and persons on foot or those riding bicycles.

With Bethesda's large residential population, it is surprising that auto-pedestrian incidents do not happen with even more frequency than they do. In this regard, the law offices of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, have been helping victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents for years. As experienced trial lawyers and skilled Maryland personal injury attorneys, we know how easily a traffic collision can occur in an area with a great deal of retail and commercial business activity.

For anyone who has lived in this area any length of time, there are often reports of a personal injury accident happening somewhere close by. In the Bethesda area, any number of roadway-related crashes have happened to those individuals who may be walking to or from a retail establishment or office building, or while riding a bicycle or jogging for exercise. In such cases, following a bad injury accident or a fatal traffic collision, the victim or his family may seek the advice of a Maryland personal injury or auto accident lawyer.

Pedestrian accidents are a fairly common occurrence in areas of high population, such as Bethesda and other Maryland cities and towns. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we understand that anyone who chooses to walk to work, jog for health reasons, or ride a bike for fun and enjoyment takes on a certain amount of risk in doing so. Being aware of this risk doesn't necessarily change the fact that even the most cautious pedestrian or bicyclist can find himself in the emergency room following a traffic-related collision.

Looking at statistics from 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that more than, nationwide, 4,000 people died in fatal pedestrian accidents that year, having been struck by either a car or a truck, and sometimes even by a person riding a motorcycle. This tally of fatal accidents was eclipsed by the total number of pedestrian and bicycle injury accidents that same year, in which over 70,000 victims were hurt in a traffic-related crash.

Many accidents involving automobiles and persons on foot can be linked to distracted driving; in fact, this is the most common cause, according to safety experts, of automobile, commercial trucking and motorcycle roadway collisions. Often caused by a driver's inattention to the road because of a cellphone conversation, texting, or simply adjusting the controls of a vehicle's audio system, these types of crashes can be serious to fatal.

In some cases, negligent drivers who have caused an injury-related distracted driving accident were also found to have been eating fast food, applying makeup, and even reading a newspaper while operating their vehicle just before the roadway collision. The attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen are fully aware of the pain and suffering to which the victims of such accidents can be subjected. Anyone who is hurt as a result of another person's mistake or outright negligence should contact a qualified Maryland personal injury lawyer to better understand their legal rights.

Proper case preparation is one of the keys to a successful lawsuit. Here at Lebowitz & Mzhen, we strive to prepare every injury suit as if it were going to trial, although in many instances simply being fully prepared for a trial can result in a pretrial settlement. As experienced trial attorneys, our primary goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for each of our clients. We accomplish this by understanding completely our clients' circumstances, as well as the specifics of their injuries and the particulars of the accident that led to their condition.

Our expertise also extends to claims involving products liability and defective vehicle equipment; prescription errors and pharmacy misfills; medical malpractice and surgical errors; as well as injuries sustained by seniors in nursing homes and assisted care facilities. To schedule a free initial consultation, you can reach us by phone at 1-800-654-1949.

Driving Directions

Our main offices are located in Owings Mills, Maryland, about 16 miles from Baltimore City. The offices of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, are at 10 Crossroads Drive, Suite 105, Owings Mills, MD, 21117. You may find us by taking the Jones Falls Expressway to Interstate 695 West. After merging onto I-695 West/ Baltimore Beltway Outer Loop towards Pikesville, go 4.4 miles and take the MD-140 North exit (Exit 20) toward Garrison. Turning right onto Reisterstown Road/MD-140 West, travel 1.3 miles to Crossroads Drive. Turn left onto Crossroads Drive and take the first next right onto Park Center Court. Make a left at the first available street into the parking lot that serves our offices. You will find us conveniently located on the first floor, Suite 105.