Sample Pedestrian Accident Settlements
Pedestrian accidents often involve severe injuries, so settlements can be enormous in some cases.
Common severe injuries in these cases include:
- Head trauma
- Internal injuries
- Pelvic fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures
- Severe lacerations
- Wrongful death
Below are some sample pedestrian accident settlements. Note that your compensation could be for much more or less. Find an attorney at Lawsuit Info Center to talk about the details of your pedestrian accident case.
$65,000 Pedestrian Accident Settlement
A car hit a man in a crosswalk in California. The victim complained to the first responders of leg pain. The doctor said he had a broken fibula (lower leg bone). The man did not need surgery, and GEICO paid $65,000 to settle the case.
His medical insurance company paid most of his medical bills before the case settled. The good news for the client? The health insurer reduced its liens. He only had to pay $8,000 for medical bills and received $57,000 for pain and suffering.
A skilled personal injury attorney can negotiate with your healthcare providers and sometimes reduce their liens on your settlement.
$70,000 Pedestrian Accident Settlement
A car hit a pedestrian in the middle of a road. She had a sacrum fracture, which is the bone at the bottom of the spine. Also, she had a tibial plateau fracture in her leg and four bulging discs.
USAA paid $70,000, most of it for pain and suffering.
$110,000 Pedestrian Accident Settlement
A driver hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk Miami-Dade County, Florida. The victim suffered an orbital fracture, which is the bone adjacent to the eye. A surgeon inserted a plate in her face to fix the broken bone.
The liability was clear. The driver’s BI liability coverage paid $10,000. However, the victim’s husband had uninsured motorist coverage through Progressive. Progressive paid $100,000, so the total settlement was $110,000.
In many states, buying uninsured motorist coverage is optional. It is always good to purchase this coverage because it pays when the at-fault driver’s coverage is inadequate. In most cases, uninsured motorist protection costs only $10 or $15 per month.
$325,000 Pedestrian Accident Settlement
A man in Miami rented a car. He drove it to a parking lot and was putting a parking ticket on the dashboard. Another driver hit his vehicle and crushed the man’s lower leg in the car door.
The at-fault driver’s insurance company quickly paid $100,000 in bodily injury coverage. They paid fast because surgery boosts the settlement value of a personal injury case. The settlement value for a broken leg with surgery is much more than $100,000. That is why the company paid so fast.
However, when the client rented his car, he bought the extended protection coverage. He also was entitled to $100,000 in additional uninsured motorist coverage. The insurance company tried to argue that the uninsured car did not hit the man.
The other driver was working for United States Customs when the crash happened. It took six months, but the US government eventually paid an additional $125,000 for the man’s injuries.
This case shows two things: the value of having an excellent attorney, and how important it can be to purchase extra coverage when you rent a car.
Next, you should talk to the police and obtain a copy of the police report. If the police report indicates that a driver or drivers are likely responsible for the accident, this will bolster your injury claim. Also, speak to any witnesses if you can. Get their contact information as direct witness testimony will strengthen your injury claim.