Although insurance companies have skilled attorneys to prevail in court if a plaintiff sues after a car accident, victims of vehicular incidents and their legal counsel have won many cases that have gone to trial once negotiations to settle have collapsed. Most of these legal victories take place in civil court, although on occasion insurance companies try to change venues to circuit courts where the costs of filing a case are higher to coerce plaintiffs into settling before trial.
Though multimillion dollar awards are not as frequent as awards that range between $10,000 to $500,000, car accident attorneys do win cases in which crash victims or their families are awarded compensation which not only includes payments that cover property damage, medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment, but also punitive damages in cases of gross negligence and/or recklessness.
For instance, the insurer of a driver with a defective vehicle won a settlement of $3,750,000 after his car collided with the vehicle of a 39-year-old man who lost the lower half of his left leg as a result of the accident.
A married couple whose car was first hit by a semi-tractor trailer at a high rate of speed and then collided with a sports utility vehicle won an award of $2,560,000. Both suffered injuries which required orthopedic medical treatment, and the man received traumatic brain injuries as well.
A 26-year-old woman who was riding a motorcycle as a passenger and lost her right leg when a drunk driver plowed into the motorcycle was awarded $6,000,000.
A young girl.was a passenger on a vehicle that became involved in a three-vehicle crash and sustained serious brain damage as a result of her injuries. She and her family won a settlement worth $3,500,000 to cover medical expenses and quality-of-life issues.
Keep in mind that awards of this nature only occur in cases that are resolved in court trials and with professional legal counsel. Insurance companies do everything they can to limit compensation payments to plaintiffs in car accident cases, so it is never advisable to take their initial one-time-only offers without first consulting a car accident attorney. As tempting as a defendant’s insurance company representative’s compensation offer may be, it comes with a catch. You will be paid a certain sum based on your existing medical and property damage costs, but in order to accept the upfront settlement you will likely be asked to sign a release that bars you from taking any legal action against the insurance company in the future.
Whether you or your loved ones have been involved in a minor or severe car accident, consider contacting a car accident lawyer that has the experience and knowledge to help you get the financial compensation you are entitled to.