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Car Accident Settlements: Case Value of Auto Injury Cases

As surely as death and taxes, automobile accidents are accepted as a part of life by residents across Illinois who use their streets, highways, and tollways. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, accidents involving injuries have regularly decreased since the early 1990s.

However, their numbers are still significant. In 2018, there were over 293,000 accidents in the state. About one in five of those accidents resulted in injuries, and one in 100 resulted in fatalities. Surprisingly, pedestrians, bikes, and motorcycles accounted for just a small percentage of the overall figure, each totaling in the single digits.

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, our Illinois car accident attorneys have compiled data from across the state to post results at Illinois Car Accident Settlement Center. The information provides insight into some common injuries resulting from car accidents and the settlement amounts or jury awards typically paid.

Like national trends, this site focuses primarily on Illinois litigation and highlights popular county statistics that were relevant and conspicuous.

Here are the specific injuries covered:

Our attorneys currently represent clients throughout the United States and Illinois, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Naperville Schaumburg. Our personal injury lawyers use Illinois law to ensure our clients receive workers' compensation benefits and insurance coverage based on policy limits.

Insurance Companies Role in Illinois Car Accident Cases

In many instances, the defendant that responds to your car accident case will be an insurance company. The insurance carrier might refuse to pay what you are owed entirely or offer to pay only a portion of your damages.

Often, the claims adjuster will attempt to argue that you were actually at fault or that they are not obligated to pay under the terms of the policy. It is crucial to hire legal counsel with the experience to go toe-to-toe with these giant corporations to get you the highest auto accident settlement possible.

We have fought and won many cases against insurance carriers involving car accident, slip and fall cases, premises liability, and medical malpractice, and know how to preserve your monetary recovery.

For more information on insurance companies that might be relevant in your case, visit these pages:

Attorneys Committed to Protecting Your Legal Rights to Financial Compensation Following an Illinois Auto Accident

Following your automobile accident, you must quickly look to find competent counsel to safeguard your recovery for many reasons. First, the statute of limitations will bar your action if you do not bring it within two years. Second, evidence and witnesses will fade before your eyes if you do not quickly investigate and record them. Third, the opposing party will solidify its position before you can find any cracks in the case.

For all these reasons and more, you should seek experienced counsel in this field, and probably a lawyer who focuses exclusively on building a car accident claim. That person should demonstrate a track record of success in maximizing recoveries of prior victims just like you.

Car Accident Injury Settlements FAQs

If you are injured in a car accident in Illinois, your sole remedy will be to recover compensation from the individual or company who caused your collision. While the process may appear to be straightforward, there are many factors that influence the value of your case.

Below are some frequently asked questions related to car accident injury claims. Should you have further questions, we welcome you to contact our attorneys for a free case consultation.

What is the Average Payout for a Car Accident?

If investigators determined that the other driver was at fault for causing your car accident, you are likely entitled to receive financial compensation for your damages. However, the amount of your award or settlement will depend on your case's uniqueness and the severity of your injuries and property damage.

Other factors will determine the value of your case, including the length of your recovery time and any potential long-term disabilities brought on by your injuries. The payout could be as low as a few thousand dollars to well over a million dollars or more.

What is the Average Settlement for a Minor Car Accident?

Minor car accidents with minimal property damage and minor injuries might settle anywhere from $3000-$75,000 or more. However, the extent of your injuries and the length of your recovery time will likely factor into the settlement amount negotiated by your personal injury attorney.

The responding police officer or investigator might determine who is at fault for causing the accident to identify who is liabile.

How do I Prove My Pain-And-Suffering?

Pain, suffering, mental anxiety, and emotional distress are considered non-economic or non-tangible injuries that, although accurate, might be challenging to prove. An attorney working on your behalf can use varying factors and evidence to prove the level or extent of your pain and suffering. These documents could include:

  • Medical bills
  • Your doctor's prognosis
  • The ongoing cost of physical therapy
  • The need for nursing home care
  • Your medical records
  • Testimony from expert witnesses
  • Photographic evidence of the injuries
  • Ongoing psychiatric and psychological (mental health) records

How Much is My Pain-and-Suffering Settlement?

Your pain, suffering, emotional distress, and mental anxiety brought on by a car accident are all contributing factors to the value of your claim. Many pain-and-suffering claims are negotiated for a settlement of $15,000 or more.

Nearly all pain-and-suffering settlements involve minor to severe injuries, which could increase the value of the claim.

How Much Should I Settle for a Back Injury?

Your attorney will have access to a settlement and verdict database to help value the worth of your compensation claim. In Illinois, many back-injury cases will settle through a negotiated agreement for $212,000 or less.

However, jury verdicts tend to award plaintiffs with a back injury caused by a car, truck, or motorcycle accident about $300,000 or more. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you can still seek financial compensation through your insurance policy.

Money paid from uninsured motorist (UIM) insurance coverage will resolve your personal injury claim for your emergency room services, orthopedic care, and medical treatment for your serious injuries. Many hit and run collisions and pedestrian accidents result from drunk drivers, rear-end car crashes, crosswalk accidents, crossing the center line collisions, parking lot crashes, and illegal left turns.

How do Insurance Claims Adjusters Calculate Pain-and-Suffering?

Every insurance company will hire a claims adjuster to handle a car accident injury compensation claim filed against the injured victims. Most insurers will multiply the victim's medical expenses by some number between one and five to determine the case's worth.

The calculation helps determine the value of the victim's pain and suffering. The adjuster will likely use higher multipliers when valuing the claim filed by a victim with permanent severe injuries.

What are the Highest Car Accident Injury Settlements Worth?

The highest-paid settlements involve truck accidents where the truck driver caused a head-on collision or T-bone crash into a passenger vehicle. Many of these cases involved a bicyclist, motorcycle, or pedestrian struck and severely injured by an at-fault driver acted negligently.

Many of these cases are filed under a wrongful death lawsuit that holds old parties responsible, including the truck driver, the trucking company, truck manufacturer, vehicle maintenance crews, and others.

Car Accident Settlements: What is Your Case Worth?

And here are recent Illinois jury awards and settlement amounts for car accident cases:

  • $2,450,000 AWARD (Knee Injury Case)
  • $3,000,000 AWARD (Wrongful Death Case)
  • $15,833,238 AWARD (Brain Damage Case)
  • $1,155,000 AWARD (Herniated Disk Case)
  • $15,700,000 AWARD (Facial Injury Case)

This Center focuses on injuries and recoveries (both jury award and settlement amount) because, after representing hundreds of Illinois car accident victims, our law firm understands that these are the most important questions people have immediately after they have been involved in a crash.

We hope that this information can be instructive as a car accident case settlement calculator. However, if you are an attorney and would like guidance on how best to handle car accident litigation, please visit our Auto Accident Attorney Help Center here.

Our Legal Professional Center will give you all the tools, advice, and forms you need to take a case from intake to trial or settlement.

Hire a Chicago Car Accident Injury Lawyer to Maximize the Value of Your Case

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has many attorneys with a history of protecting the rights of victims of Illinois car accidents and obtaining top auto accident settlements. We can walk you precisely through the compensation process, laws, and statutes and explain how they apply to your circumstances.

We know exactly what it takes to fight large insurance companies and other high-powered defendants to ensure that you not only keep your recovery but receive the maximum amount allowable. If you, a family member, or a loved one, were harmed in a motor vehicle accident, contact us today at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation.

Let us show how we can help you and maximize the value of your car accident settlement.

Related Articles

  • To read about Illinois car accident laws, click here.
  • To read about a potential car accident case's worth, click here.
  • To read a sample demand letter in a car accident case, click here.
  • To read a sample complaint in a car accident case, click here.
  • To visit our Auto Accident Attorney Help Center, click here.
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