Calculating the settlement value of a car accident claim is not a straightforward process, but it's possible to get a rough estimate of your damages by looking at some key figures in your case. Gather all your claim-related records (medical bills, vehicle damage estimates, and records of time missed at work) and plug your information into this calculator. You'll end up with a very rough estimate of the special and general damages in your case.
Keep in mind that there is no universal formula that can tell you what your car accident case is worth. The value of your case will depend on the figures you input in this calculator and factors like how easy it'll be for you to prove the other driver was at fault for the accident, whether you share blame for the accident, and your negotiating skills and strategy. (Learn more about car accident settlement formulas.)
NOTE: In the fields below, be sure to enter a "0" if a category of damages does not apply to your case. The calculator has trouble with blank fields.
After you enter your data and hit "Calculate," the two dollar figures you see above the "Estimated Total Compensation" field represent the two main types of damages available in most car accident cases: special and general. Special damages (also called "economic damages") are often easy to prove with documentation like receipts and pay stubs. Special damages include medical expenses (past and future), lost wages (past and future), and the cost of getting your car repaired. General damages (also called "non-economic damages") are consequences of an injury that are harder to put a dollar figure on—pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and the emotional impact of the accident and resulting injuries.
Now that you've got a general sense of what your car accident claim might be worth, the next step is to understand the ins and outs of the car accident settlement process.
If you have questions about the settlement process or the value of your claim, talk to a lawyer. An experienced lawyer can give you a reasonable assessment of the value of your claim, negotiate with the insurance adjuster so you don't have to, and file a car accident lawsuit if necessary. Learn more about how a car accident lawyer can help with your case. You can also connect with a lawyer directly from this page for free.