Calculating the settlement value of a car accident claim is not a straightforward process, but it's possible to arrive at a rough estimate of compensable damages by examining the numbers in your case. Gather all your claim-related records together (including medical bills, vehicle damage estimates, and records of time missed at work) and plug your information into this calculator. What you'll end up with is a very rough estimate of the economic and non-economic damages that might be involved in your case.
Keep in mind that there is no universal, foolproof formula that can tell you what your car accident case is worth (learn more about various car accident settlement formulas). Settlement of any injury claim usually depends more on mastering the art of negotiation than on breaking down numbers. This calculator is intended to provide a rough starting estimate of compensable damages in a car accident claim, and is not a substitute for legal advice.
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 that are possible in most car accident cases: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are fairly easy to calculate (and to prove through documentation), including things like medical expenses (past and future), lost income (past and future), and the cost of getting your car repaired. Non-economic damages are consequences of an injury that are harder to put a dollar figure on -- things like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life pursuits, and the emotional impact of the accident and resulting injuries.
Now that you've got a (very) general sense of what your car accident claim might be worth, the next step is to understand the ins and outs of the settlement process, and what to expect in your case -- whether you're settling your claim on your own or working with an experienced personal injury attorney. To get started, check out all the user-friendly articles in our Car Accident Settlements section.