While you do not need an accident lawyer to settle your car crash injury claim, you should be aware of many serious mistakes that you can make without an experienced attorney on your side. First, the insurance adjuster may not disclose all of the potential insurance policies or limits that might apply to your claim. You may also not know the real value of your case and this could result in you settling for substantially less money than you could receive otherwise.

Furthermore, there are potential liens that you might be responsible for paying back out of your Michigan car accident settlement that you are unaware of, but will still have to pay back at a later date. Additionally, you could be jeopardizing your no-fault insurance benefits by signing a Release when you settle your liability claim. This could have devastating consequences.

Insurance studies have shown that injury victims actually receive substantially larger settlements when they hire a lawyer for their case, even after paying the attorney fees. This is because insurance companies know that they cannot get “low ball” settlements with experienced attorneys who know and understand the value of an injury. One study showed that a majority of accident victims who hired a lawyer believed that they received a much greater settlement than if they tried to settle their own case.

Determining the Amount of an Accident Settlement

There is no calculator or written schedule to determine the proper Michigan car accident settlement amount for a case. While a person may come across some methods online for estimating a settlement, these are most likely outdated and no longer used by law firms or insurance adjusters. Furthermore, these formulas were more than likely never used for accidents in Michigan because of the state’s unique No-Fault insurance system.

Factors used to determine the amount of a car crash settlement in Michigan include the seriousness and permanence of the injuries, as well as the effect of the injuries on the victim’s life. Other factors include the length of medical treatment, the amount of lost income, and the insurance policy coverage available for the accident—such as the policy limits for the negligent driver and whether other types of coverage, like uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist coverage, existed at the time of the accident. Additional questions to consider include:

  • Who was at fault for a car accident?
  • Did the claimant miss time from work due to their injuries?
  • What type of auto insurance did the negligent driver have at the time of the crash?
  • Did the owner of the car involved in the wreck have an insurance policy?
  • Who is the lawyer representing a claimant in their case?

How Much Are Michigan Car Accident Settlements Worth?

Our accident injury attorneys rely on our skills and experience to try to win our clients the highest possible settlements. We settle a majority of our cases for the maximum amount before they go to court. Below are examples of car injury cases handled by our law firm:
  • $1,800,000 Settlement

    Lansing area woman who suffered a brain injury in an accident on I-96.

  • $1,500,000  Settlement

    In a Shiawassee County fatal accident involving a car driven by a car dealership employee.

  • $1,375,000 Settlement

    Woman who suffered spinal cord injury in a Detroit car accident that caused paralysis.

  • $1,000,000 Judgment

    Against a negligent driver for hitting a bicyclist in a Detroit suburb.

  • $900,000 Settlement

    In an Eaton County, Michigan wrongful death settlement.

  • $950,000 Settlement

    In St. Clair County for a woman who suffered serious injuries in a car accident.

  • $700,000 Settlement

    For an I-94 auto accident near Ann Arbor.

  • $525,000  Settlement

    For a Detroit man who suffered a fractured pelvis from in a highway shoulder accident.

Other Settlements for Auto Accidents in Michigan

How Long Does it Take to Get a Settlement From a Car Crash?

Of course, the length of time that it takes to get paid a car injury settlement is different in every case. Some cases, for example, may settle quickly because the injuries are substantial and the insurance policy limit is low. Therefore, the adjuster simply pays the entire policy right away. However, many cases could take up to a year or more to get a settlement check after an accident because the victim is still recovering and the future effect of the injuries are unknown.

In most cases, a person should receive their settlement check within thirty days of signing the Settlement Release Agreement and sending it back to the insurance adjuster or defense attorney. Cases involving minor children or wrongful death may take slightly longer because a court hearing must be held to have the settlement approved by the judge.

How an Attorney Might Help with a Michigan Car Accident Settlement

Winning a settlement for your Michigan car accident injuries is a job for a tenacious and well-versed attorney. After a wreck, you may be entitled to several different types of compensation under Michigan’s car crash laws, which may include your right to No-Fault Insurance benefits, as well as a settlement for your personal injury damages against the driver that caused the collision.

Under many circumstances, you may be able to get compensated for the lost wages you suffered from missed work, as well as payment for medical expenses, attendant care services, and household services benefits. At Buckfire & Buckfire, our team of compassionate and seasoned attorneys could work tirelessly to get you the Michigan car accident settlement you need. Call today to discuss your legal options and proceed with a claim.

$1.6 Million
$1,600,000 – Michigan Wrongful death car accident
$1.375 Million
$1,375,000 – Spinal Cord Injury – Detroit Paralyzed Woman
$1.3 Million
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$1 Million
$1,000,000 Michigan Bicycle Accident Judgement
$925 Thousand
St. Clair County Rear End Car Crash
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$525 Thousand
Motorist Struck On Highway Shoulder
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$485,000 – Midland Car Accident Settlement
$433 Thousand
$433,000 Lansing Michigan Car Accident Closed Head Injury
$425 Thousand
$425,000 Livingston County Fatal Car Accident Settlement
$385 Thousand
$385,000 – Dearborn Car Accident Arbitration Award
$375 Thousand
$375,000.00 Wayne, Michigan Auto Accident Settlement
$370 Thousand
$370,000 Ann Arbor Car Accident Underinsurance Award