What You Should and Should Not Do After a Car Crash

The actions a plaintiff takes immediately after a car crash can have a massive impact on the outcome of their personal injury claim. Here, the personal injury attorneys at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz detail some of the most important actions you should and should not take when filing a personal injury claim. Do Seek Immediate Medical Attention If you have been involved in a crash, you should consider seeking…

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What to Do if You Are the Victim of a Hit & Run

A “hit-and-run” accident refers to a situation where a driver who was involved in a motor vehicle collision flees the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, this leaves you, the victim, with the burden of proving what happened. Here, the auto collision attorneys at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz provide information on what to do if you have been the victim of a hit-and-run. A hit-and-run accident includes hitting another driver…

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What Car Accident Victims Need to Know About Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Personal injury protection, also known as PIP insurance, can be extraordinarily valuable after an auto accident—unfortunately, many policyholders have not been adequately informed by their insurance companies about this vital protection. Here, the auto accident attorneys at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz detail the necessity of PIP insurance. Brief History of PIP Insurance Before PIP insurance coverage was mandated in Maryland, there was concern by legislators and attorneys of the…

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Woman Charged with DUI and Vehicular Homicide after Baltimore County Crash that Killed a 5-Year-Old and Her Grandmother

A Timonium woman, 22-year-old Callie Noble Schwarzman, was charged on July 25th with driving while impaired by alcohol and other controlled substances, negligent manslaughter by automobile and vehicular homicide in the recent auto crash that killed 5-year-old Delaney Gaddis and 60-year-old Deborah Limmer, Gaddis’ grandmother. On Monday, July 23rd at approximately 6:50 a.m., Limmer was pushing Gaddis in a stroller on the sidewalk along Girdwood Road when Schwarzman allegedly lost…

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Gas Station Fire Safety

Service stations are fire-prone areas. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) there are on average more than 5,000 service station fires in the US each year. Here, the fire loss attorneys at AFSL detail steps to take when practicing gas station fire safety. Structure fires and other outdoor fires at service stations have decreased 70 percent between 1980 and 2008. However, vehicle fires at service stations rose steadily…

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Davis Family, Represented by Lipowitz, Solter and Azrael, Announce Lawsuit Against Baltimore Police Department

Six adult children of Elbert Davis, an 86-year-old man killed in April 2010 when a driver fleeing Baltimore police crashed into Davis’ vehicle, have filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), seeking $25 million in damages. Davis’ children assert that, instead of calling an ambulance or providing medical treatment, Baltimore City police focused on planting drugs in the vehicle that crashed in order to justify their pursuit. The…

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Two Teens Killed in Single Vehicle Crash on I-695

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. this morning, a 2000 Honda Accord struck the right shoulder guardrail on the outer loop of I-695 at Providence Road in Baltimore, continuing across the roadway until it came to rest in the center lane. The backseat passengers, two Reisterstown teens, were identified as Matthias Listwan, 18, and Hannah Goodman, 15. Listwan was pronounced dead at the scene. Goodman was transported to Greater Baltimore Medical Center,…

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Three-Year-Old Girl Injured in Hit-and-Run in Middle River, Maryland

On August 5th at approximately 6:10 p.m., a man driving a white Hyundai Elantra in the unit block of Right Wing Drive in Middle River struck a three-year-old girl, who allegedly ran into the road from between parked cars. Witnesses stated that the driver, who was described as white and in his 30s, initially stopped, claimed he hadn’t seen the girl and then fled the scene shortly thereafter. Police located…

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Car Fire Insurance Claims

Here, the fire loss attorneys at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz provide key information on car fire insurance claims. Car Fires in the United States Today According to the latest data made available by the National Fire Protection Association, in 2017 there were approximately 174,000 car related fires causing 445 civilian deaths 1,550 not life-threatening injuries resulting in $1.2 billion in direct property damages. Fires can be devastating. Seeking compensation…

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Don’t Ignore Maryland’s Inheritance Tax in Estate Planning

Maryland is one of a small number of states that imposes separate inheritance and estate taxes. Unlike the estate tax that is charged on taxable estates above a high threshold, Maryland’s 10% inheritance tax can apply to friends, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other family members receiving property having a value in excess of $1,000.00. Transfers Subject to Maryland Inheritance Tax The inheritance tax is assessed against property passing to…

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