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Car Accident Settlements in Durham

Learn More About the Pros & Cons of Settling Your Claim

After being injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be faced with many new and unfamiliar issues. While litigating a car accident case can be a lengthy, drawn-out process, settling your claim can result in a quicker resolution and, in turn, less time to receive your recovery.

A settlement is a formal, final, and written resolution of a dispute between two or more parties without the use of typical judicial intervention through hearings or a trial. Although this sounds complicated, the reality is that settlements are significantly less complicated than the lengthy and costly alternative of pursuing litigation. There are several pros and cons to settling your claim, which we will discuss in more length below.

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What Is a Settlement?

A “settlement” is a term of art that refers to a formal and final resolution of an actual controversy between two or more parties without judicial intervention through a hearing or trial. While this may sound incredibly complicated, the reality is that settlements are significantly less complicated than the alternative of a lawsuit and legal proceedings.

Settlements are typically considered voluntary, in that the parties mutually agree to resolve a dispute out of court. While a settlement will often involve the defendant agreeing to pay a defined sum of money to the plaintiff, the plaintiff will also be agreeing to sign a release of liability in favor of the defendant. It is worth noting that settlements can happen at any time; however, timing is still very important to both the defendant and the plaintiff. Regardless, both parties to a settlement will naturally seek to reach a settlement that they regard as fair and reasonable in light of the facts and circumstances as they understand them.

Advantages of Settling Out of Court

A significant majority of compensable personal injury claims settle out of court, and there are several good reasons for this fact. However, the basic rationale for why most personal injury claims settle out of court can be reduced to the fact that settlements are faster than trials, less expensive, and significantly less risky. Let’s explore this a little further:

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    The at-fault driver failed to reduce speed and collided with our client's vehicle. Our client passed away shortly after the collision.

  • $900,000 Wrongful Death

    Our client was thrown from his motorcycle and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

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    Vehicle made a left-hand turn, failing to yield the right of way.

  • $104,000 Serious Injuries

    Client was a passenger in a vehicle that was driving through an intersection when another vehicle ran a stop sign and t-boned the vehicle our client was in.

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    We were able to not only receive policy limits for our client but were able to negotiate her medical bills and liens to ensure that she was able to keep a good portion of the settlement.

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    Elderly client was a passenger in a vehicle that was t-boned in an intersection where a driver failed to yield the right of way.