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What's the average settlement for a pedestrian who was hit by a car?
We get questions like this one a lot, and not just in the
context of car-versus-pedestrian
accidents. We see it across all kinds of personal injury cases, and it’s
only human nature for this kind of concern to crop up. If you’re filing a claim
and asking for compensation for an injury, you want to at least get a ballpark
idea of what kind of settlement to expect.
Unfortunately, injury settlements are typically kept
confidential, so this kind of information isn’t available, at least not on any
scale that would provide a decent sample size.
In any case, if you were hit by a car as a pedestrian and
you think you have a valid injury claim, the only settlement you need to be
concerned with is your own. Every case is different, with as many different
variables as you can imagine -- from degrees of fault for the accident to the seriousness
of the claimant’s injury, and everything in between.
One thing that tends to be true in car-versus-pedestrian
settlements is that they almost always involve significant (meaning, more than
minor) injuries. That means the claimant has probably made at least a few doctor
visits and has likely incurred a fair amount of medical bills. And, if the
adjuster is using some kind of settlement
formula, bills for medical treatment often form the starting point for
claim value. So that means you’re probably more likely to receive a larger
settlement in this kind of case than you would if you were driving a car that
was in a minor “fender bender.”
And finally, one note of caution: Some people assume that if
they were hit by a car, the driver’s insurance company will just cut a quick
check in an amount that’s accompanied by a lot of zeroes. While it’s true that
many pedestrian accidents are the clear fault of the vehicle driver, it’s not
always cut and dried. A pedestrian can share some (even most) of the blame for
causing an accident. Learn more: Can
a Pedestrian Be At Fault for a Car-Pedestrian Accident?
by: David Goguen, J.D.
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