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A Baltimore Injury Lawyer Discusses the Most Overrated Car Accident Cases.

I agree it’s not appropriate to label any type of Baltimore car accident claim as “overrated” in a specific sense, as the value and validity of a claim depend on the specific circumstances surrounding the accident and the injuries sustained. Moreover, someone hurt in such an accident may feel their claim is marginalized or trivialized. Having said that, as a Baltimore injury and accident lawyer with 30 years of experience, I can offer some general observations about factors that play into the perception of claims. An injured Plaintiff will no doubt view the case one way, the claims adjuster another. A third player may also offer an assessment- the jury that hears the case. Car accident insurance claims are typically properly evaluated based on factors such as liability, the extent of injuries, property damage, and the impact on the claimant’s life. However, external factors can play a role.

The topics discussed here concern legitimate, meritorious claims for personal injury caused by the negligence of another person.  It comes as no surprise, some individuals or entities might engage in fraudulent or exaggerated insurance claims, which are illegal and unethical. Not surprisingly, those engaging in such conduct resort to unacceptable methods to create the perception of seriousness. In the personal injury arena, seriousness is can be the rough equivalent of case “value”

I can suggest some general thoughts about criteria that play into the perception of claims. Car accident claims may become overrated or garner more attention for several reasons, although it’s important to note that not all Baltimore car accident claims fall into each, or any category, and I believe most would not. Nevertheless, in  an appropriate case, these factors may deserve consideration.  Some factors that can contribute to desired or alleged overrating or exaggerated nature of certain car accident claims include:

    • Media Sensationalism: Media outlets may choose to focus on certain car accident cases, particularly if they involve high-profile individuals or dramatic circumstances. This media attention can lead to the perception that these cases are more significant than others.
    • Social Media and Viral Content: The prevalence of social media allows information about car accidents to spread quickly, sometimes resulting in sensationalized or exaggerated accounts of the events. Viral videos and posts can create a skewed perception of the accident’s severity. Social media posts inconsistent with testimony have been known to sabotage even the meritorious claims of the  injured.
    • High Financial Stakes: Cases involving substantial damages, such as multi-million-dollar settlements or verdicts, often receive more attention due to the significant financial implications.
    • Controversial Elements: Car accident claims that involve elements of controversy, such as allegations of negligence, reckless driving, or drunk driving, can attract more attention and public interest.
    • Legal Drama: If a car accident case goes to trial and involves intense courtroom drama, it may receive more media coverage and be perceived as more significant than cases settled out of court.

  • Emotional Impact: Cases that involve tragic outcomes, such as fatalities or severe injuries, tend to elicit strong emotional responses from the public and the media, leading to increased attention. Some of these factors can combine in an almost catalytic effect of drama leading to sensationalism leading to greater awareness creating more drama and so on.
  • Legal Precedent: Car accident cases that set legal precedents or involve complex legal issues may attract more attention from the legal community and media that caters to those in the personal injury field.
  • Celebrity Involvement: Car accidents involving celebrities or public figures often receive extensive media coverage due to public interest in their lives.
  • Dramatic Witness Accounts: Witness statements or testimonies that describe the accident in a dramatic or shocking manner can contribute to the overrating of a car accident case.
  • It’s important to remember that the media’s portrayal of a car accident case may not always accurately reflect the legal merits or the actual impact of the accident. It is also vital to understand that what might make a case more interest-provoking is quite likely to vary greatly between insurance claims adjuster, injured plaintiff, defendant and juror. While some cases receive more attention than others, each case should be evaluated on its own merits and legal factors, including liability, injuries, property damage, and insurance coverage. Personal injury claims should be handled based on the specific facts and circumstances involved rather than perceptions of popularity or notoriety.

As mentioned at the outset, the exceptional factors set out above may influence the perception of a meritorious, legitimate personal injury case. There are, of course, claims that are not meritorious. The fact that these incidents are known to occur can likewise influence the perceptions regarding legitimate cases of those who will place value on the case, like insurance claims adjusters and Baltimore City judges and jurors. Some of these nefarious types include:

Staged Accidents: Some individuals intentionally cause accidents or collaborate with others to create collisions with the goal of making an insurance claim. These claims are fraudulent and can and should lead to criminal charges.

Exaggerated Injuries: In some cases, claimants may exaggerate the extent of their injuries or provide false medical documentation to inflate their insurance settlement. This is also considered fraud and can have legal consequences.

Phantom Vehicle Claims: Phantom vehicle claims involve a claimant alleging that another vehicle was involved in the accident when it was not. This can be an attempt to shift blame or increase the value of the claim falsely.

Hit-and-Run Claims: Some individuals may falsely claim that a hit-and-run accident occurred when they were responsible for the accident or when no accident happened at all.

Of course, it goes without saying, that I pursue only meritorious claims for those legitimately injured by the fault of others. As set out in this article, a variety of factors can influence how decision-makers – claims adjusters and jurors or judges- view Baltimore personal injury cases. A thorough knowledge of the facts and law can help sway those who make the ultimate decision: the amount of compensation you are entitled to collect.