Bowie lawyer, Maria Patterson, has defended numerous individuals accused of negligent driving and reckless driving.

Bowie lawyer, Maria Patterson, began her legal career as an insurance defense attorney defending people who were sued for injuring others in car accidents. Most of her trial work took place when Maria Patterson was a trial attorney at Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher located in Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, Maryland and at the Law Offices of Timothy S. Smith & Associates located in Greenbelt, Maryland. Lawyer Maria Patterson tried over 100 civil jury trials and repeatedly obtained favorable verdicts for those who were alleged to have caused serious injuries as a result of negligent or reckless driving. 

Often criminal charges for serious driving offenses involve accidents with serious injuries. Personal injury attorneys will often monitor these criminal cases for admissions against interest. What may appear to be a harmless apology or admission in a criminal case may expose the defendant to a significant personal liability. Bowie lawyer, Maria Patterson's, extensive experience as a personal injury attorney for plaintiffs and defendants means that she is well suited to protect a criminal defendant from civil liability. 

If you have been charged with a serious traffic offense, like reckless driving or negligent driving, please call attorney, Maria Patterson, who handles reckless driving cases, at

301-383-1525 to schedule a consultation at the Bowie office of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott in Prince George's County. Maria Patterson handles serious traffic cases in Upper Marlboro, Annapolis, Silver Spring, La Plata, Glen Burnie and Prince Frederick.  Attorney Patterson has handled everything from tickets in traffic court to wrongful death automobile accident cases. 

If you have questions about a potential personal injury claim from a car accident involving reckless driving or negligent driving, please click here. Maria Patterson has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and honored as a top one percent car accident lawyer due, in part, to her impressive record of favorable jury verdicts. If you or a loved one were injured as a result of car accident, please visit Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott's Prince George's Injury lawyers' website. Passengers in car accidents where reckless driving was involved are usually entitled to compensation for their injuries. Insurance companies will frequently deny these claims if they believe that the passenger was a participant in a drag race or a willing participant in the reckless driving.

The selection process is described by as "In making selections for 2012's 'Top 1% Car Accident Lawyer' Award, staff utilized a multi-staged selection process that included third-party surveys, and a heavy emphasis on objective trial performance as memorialized through public record verdict summaries over the preceding two years. In sum, this award, which cannot be solicited, and for which a professional has no role in the nomination or selection process, represents the most objective rating system in existence, to recognize leading professionals in their state for handling car accident litigation."

Traffic Offenses: Reckless Driving

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Under Maryland law, a person is guilty of reckless driving if he or she drives in wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property.

Speed, erratic driving, disregarding a red light, and the force of an impact can be taken into account when considering if a driver is guilty of reckless driving as defined by Maryland law. 


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