Having adopted the motto, “Growth, Unity and Progress,” the city of Bowie has lived those words over the past 130 years since its incorporation in 1882. Located in the county of Prince George’s, Bowie has expanded from a modest railroad stop along the Baltimore & Potomac Railway line to the largest municipality in the county. With more than 54,000 residents living throughout its 16 square miles, Bowie is the largest city in the county — also the fifth most populous in the state of Maryland and third largest by square area.
Originally named Huntington City, Bowie’s history as a growing commercial and residential community was marked by the 1853 charter granted to Col. William Duckett Bowie by the Maryland legislature for construction of a railroad line from Baltimore down into the southern portion of the state and terminating at Pope's Creek. By 1869, the area surrounding what is now Bowie, MD, was already populated by a number of small farms and larger tobacco-producing plantations.
Renamed in honor of the Col. Duckett’s son, Oden Bowie, what was then only a town was rechartered in 1880. Having been subdivided early on into approximately 500 residential lots, the town would soon become a larger stop in the early 1900s when the Pennsylvania Railroad bought the Baltimore & Potomac RR and its rail line to Washington, D.C. As one of the largest cities in the state, Bowie now has nearly 20,000 households representing a mix of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
With more than 50,000 residents and many additional people traveling through, doing business and carrying on various types of commerce, it’s not surprising that Bowie has its share of traffic-related accidents and associated personal injury claims. As Maryland automobile and trucking-related accident attorneys, Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, represents victims of car, commercial truck, city bus and motorcycle collisions who have been seriously hurt as a result of another person’s negligent actions.
Injured parties may file personal injury lawsuits in local courthouses, such as that located at 14735 Main Street in Upper Marlboro. Serving individuals in Prince George’s County, Maryland, these district and circuit courts are the venue for a variety of criminal, civil and appeals cases, such as automobile injury lawsuits, medical malpractice claims, divorce hearings and other family law cases. With such a diverse population, Bowie has been the site of numerous motorcycle injury accidents over the years.
As personal injury lawyers, the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen understands how the rising popularity of motorcycles and scooters means more potential two-wheeled vehicle crashes with passenger cars and commercial motor vehicles. Our legal staff recognizes how our clients’ love of the open road can also lead to unexpected and potentially life-altering roadway collisions. Especially in the case of motorcycles, riders are five times more likely to be seriously hurt in a traffic wreck; and a staggering 25 times more likely to be killed than other people riding in larger passenger vehicles under similar conditions.
The injuries sustained by motorcycle riders are many times quite severe. Already exposed to the elements and riding near other larger and heavier motor vehicles, bikers can easily be injured by contact with another car, truck or SUV; or by the roadway itself after being thrown from their motorcycle during a collision. Even though bike riders are required by law to wear helmets when operating their motorbikes in Maryland, a helmet can only protect an individual so much.
Head and spine injuries — such as concussions, fractured skulls, closed-head, neck- and back-related trauma are some of the more serious and life-threatening injuries. Similarly, motorcyclists can frequently suffer broken bones, compound fractures, deep lacerations and severe skin abrasions (also referred to as road rash) when involved in a highway or urban traffic-related crash.
In some instances, a rider may suffer from paralysis following a motorcycle crash that inflicts a spinal cord injury. This can many times lead to a life-changing permanent disability since in most cases the delicate nerve fibers found in the spinal cord can be damaged to the extent that the victim is left unable to walk, move, or control certain bodily processes. The degree to which any particular individual is affected by a spinal cord injury depends on the location of injury as well as the extent to which the spinal column has been affected.
Individuals with spinal cord injuries that have caused paraplegia and quadriplegia face serious and complicated cases, not only medically and psychologically, but also from a legal standpoint. The attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen are ready to help those victims hurt by the thoughtless, careless or outright negligent actions of another person. Our main goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for each and every one of our clients. Whether the injury is caused by a car accident, a doctor’s or hospital’s medical mistake, pharmacy misfill, or an injury at a nursing home, we strive to provide full and utmost attention to every case.
Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, is located in Owings Mills, Maryland, approx. 16 miles from Baltimore City. Our main offices are situated at 10 Crossroads Drive, Suite 105, Owings Mills, MD, 21117, and can be found by taking the Jones Falls Expressway to Interstate 695 West. (Merge onto I-695 West/ Baltimore Beltway Outer Loop towards Pikesville and then go 4.4 miles to the MD-140 North exit (Exit 20) toward Garrison.) Taking Reisterstown Road/MD-140 West, go about 1.3 miles to Crossroads Drive and make a left-hand turn; take the first right onto Park Center Court. Make a left at the first available street and into the parking lot closest to our law offices. We are conveniently located on the first floor in Suite 105.