Settling vs. Going to Trial: What's Best for Your Car Accident Case?

Victims of car accident injuries have two main options when seeking compensation:

Accept a settlement

If the settlement doesn’t suffice, victims may take the at-fault party to court.

Here’s everything you need to know.

A settlement happens when the at-fault party (defendant) agrees to a compensation package to cover the damages incurred by the victim. Settlements typically cover medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering, and more.

What Does it Mean to “Settle”

The decision to settle a car accident injury case is significant – and there are many advantages (and disadvantages) to doing so.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Settlements

Pros of Settling Car Accident Cases

Faster resolution

Clarity in compensation


Peace of mind

Cons of Settling Car Accident Cases

Potential for less compensation

You don’t get your “day in court”

Less recourse after a settlement is reached

You may need to compromise

Exploring the Personal Injury Trial Process

If a settlement cannot be reached, victims may file a lawsuit against the at-fault party specifying the negligence that caused the accident – and subsequent damages suffered. The courts will decide on a compensation amount. Only around 4% of car accident injury cases go to court.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Personal Injury Trial

There are many pros and cons to taking a personal injury case to court.

Pros of a Personal Injury Trial

Potential for higher compensation


Set legal precedents

Get the complete legal process

Cons of a Personal Injury Trial

Court cases can take a long time

Court costs are expensive

There are no guarantees of favorable results

Lots of added stress

The decision to settle or take the case to court involves many factors, including:

Should You Settle or Go to Personal Injury Trial?

The settlement offer from the at-fault party (does it cover damages?)

The strength of the case

The evidence collected

Compensation potential

The other party’s liability

A car accident lawyer knows all the nuances of personal injury law to evaluate your case, provide a projected value, and advise on the best way to achieve the goal of earning fair compensation.

Consulting with an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

Read the full post to learn more about settling a car accident injury case or going to court.

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