What Is a Reasonable Car Accident Settlement?

By Charissa Mennell
Car accident settlements, legal help
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Numerous accidents take place each year that result in damages. However, a number of cases go unsettled or the victims go without proper compensation. Several things go into determining the appropriate settlement amount.

Settlement Amount

The settlement amount is based on an agreement between the victims and the insurance companies involved in the accident. In cases where a settlement agreement cannot be reached, attorneys and mediators are also involved.

Property Damage

The property damage in a car accident case is the actual amount of damage done to the vehicle from the accident. This includes internal and external damages, and in some cases, the car is irreparable and must be replaced.

Bodily Injury

Bodily injury is determined by the damage done to a person in a car accident. This is determined by hospital and doctor bills and any other expenses directly related to injury.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering includes a variety of things following the accident, including pain from injuries, physical and mental suffering, time lost, wage losses and job impairments.

Legal Help

In most car accident cases, it is advisable to contact a personal injury attorney to help deal with the insurance companies and determine settlement amounts.


About the Author

Charissa Mennell has been a professional writer/editor since 2006, with a background in psychology, medicine and law. She has edited several books, including Cover Girls and Kindred, published by Blade Publishing.