If you’ve been in a car crash caused by another driver’s careless actions, you may have questions about compensation. It is natural to wonder how much you can recover from the other driver in a lawsuit if you were injured or if your car was damaged.

Discover the facts regarding car accident settlements and how a knowledgeable Alabama car accident lawyer from Tyler Mann Injury Law can help you recover damages for your losses.

How Much is a Car Accident Settlement?

The circumstances of every car accident are different, meaning damages and compensation for each case may vary. They range from low-speed fender-benders with only minor property damage to high-speed multi-vehicle accidents causing severe, life-altering injuries.

If a negligent driver caused your accident, the following factors can influence the value of your potential settlement:

  • Current and future medical expenses, including prescriptions, surgery, and rehabilitation
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages and, if applicable, future earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

What Determines Your Car Accident Settlement Amount?

The settlement amount for your car accident depends on more than the types of damages you suffer. Their severity and impact on your life determines the final amount you might receive:

  • Injury Severity: The type, number, nature, and severity of your injuries influence your settlement amount. The more extensive your injuries are, the higher your hospital bills and associated medical costs, which are factored into your compensation.
  • Time to Heal: The recovery time can also influence your settlement amounts. A longer recovery often implies ongoing treatment and rehabilitation costs, increasing your expected damage award.
  • Ability to Work: If your accident injuries have impacted your ability to work, you may also be entitled to compensation for the lost wages. If your injuries are more severe and result in changes to your position or loss of your job, a settlement can also include lost earning capability.
  • Pain and Suffering: Your recovery award can include pain and suffering caused by the accident and your injuries. Your attorney can assess the extent of your pain, distress, discomfort, and suffering and quantify them for a personal injury claim. They can also include the mental or psychological impact of the accident, including depression, anxiety, phobias, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This ensures you are compensated for the full effect on your life.
  • Age and Gender: Certain settlements may also factor in your age or gender, depending on the accident’s circumstances, but especially when involving permanently disfiguring or disabling injuries. For instance, younger people may recover higher settlements since their future losses are expected over a longer period. Women may also receive higher settlements due to their slightly higher life expectancy, or because disfiguring injuries often have a greater impact on the emotional health of women than men.
  • Overall Impact on Life: An auto accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life, including the loss of participation in your favorite hobbies, daily activities, and life tasks due to your injuries.

Real Settlement Examples

Our attorneys at Tyler Mann Injury Law can fight for your rights and get you the highest possible award for your car accident settlement. We’ve helped Alabamans recover more than $30 million in damages for our clients across all case types, including multiple clients injured in car wrecks.

To help you get the damage award you deserve, our legal team takes a strategic approach to your case. We start by listening to your story and gathering evidence for your claim. This includes obtaining the police report, consulting accident reconstructionists, and locating and reviewing photos or videos from the scene.

We will then carefully review your medical records to determine your long-term healthcare needs. We can also speak with experts like psychologists and economists to understand how these injuries can impact your physical and emotional health. With this evidence in mind, we calculate the total cost of your losses.

Contact Tyler Mann Injury Law Today

When you’re injured in a car accident, a fair recovery award can give you the financial support needed to heal and get your life back on track. It can also offer some compensation for the incident’s lasting effect on your life.

Our team at Tyler Mann Injury Law has extensive experience representing car accident victims in Huntsville and North Alabama, with multiple high-dollar settlements in our track record.

We can put our experience to work for you by helping you get a settlement covering all your crash-related losses. Contact our law firm for a free consultation.