Pedestrian Accident Settlement Calculator - Estimate Your Claim Value

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Use this pedestrian accident settlement calculator to estimate your claim’s value, and understand the variables that impact how much your claim may be worth. This includes severity of the injuries, the extent of medical treatment and expenses, the degree of fault attributed to each party, any long-term disability or loss of earnings, and claim’s of pain and suffering.

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Enter the estimated total of your past and any outstanding medical bills. Include the estimated future medical expenses.

Enter the estimated value of past and future lost wages due to hospital stays, physical therapy, doctor appointments, and vacation/sick days related to recovery.

Enter the expected value for any property that was damaged as a result of the accident.

This calculator uses the multiplier method, which uses a multiplier (between 1 and 5) to calculate total economic damages. You can use these guidelines for a rough estimate:

  • 1.5x multiplier: For minor injuries like lacerations and bruising.
  • 3x multiplier: For moderate injuries like broken or fractured bones.
  • 4.5x multiplier: For long-lasting severe injuries such as organ damages, permanent disfigurement, PTSD, and nerve damage.

Note: Calculations should not be interpreted as a guaranteed settlement amount. Our calculators are intended to provide a general idea of how much your pedestrian accident claim may be worth. For an accurate estimate, consult a pedestrian accident attorney.

Average Pedestrian Accident Settlement Amount & Settlement Examples

Average pedestrian accident settlement amount chart (2024)
Average pedestrian accident settlement amount chart (2024)

The average pedestrian accident settlement amount in the United States is $277,250, which is based on data from nearly 1,000 pedestrian accident cases recorded by Thomson Reuters in the last 5 years (between 2019 and 2024).

Additional settlement data is as follows:

  • Lowest settlement amount: $3,000 – An individual reportedly suffered a leg injury after a vehicle in a parking lot struck a curb, and then hit the individual who was standing on the sidewalk. The individual who was hit by the car argued that the driver failed to give full attention to driving, drove with impairments, parked improperly, and negligently left the roadway. Liability was admitted by the driver, but the extent and nature of the claimed injuries and damages were contested.
  • Highest settlement amount: $10,000,000 – An individual suffered a severe foot injury resulting in an amputation above the ankle after being struck and knocked to the ground by a concrete truck. The individual asserted they were removing tools and equipment in the truck’s path when the truck moved forward and struck them without prior communication.
  • Median settlement amount: $50,000 – The median is used in statistical studies to measure the center of a dataset. In pedestrian accident cases, the median settlement amount can be more helpful than the average because it is less influenced by extreme values, such as very high or low settlements, providing a more typical figure of what most claimants receive. The average can be skewed by a few large settlements, which might not accurately represent the typical compensation most individuals would expect.

Note: This settlement amount data is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as a guaranteed settlement value for your pedestrian accident claim. If you are eligible to recover compensation, your settlement may be higher or lower than the amounts provided above depending on the unique circumstances of your case.

How Pedestrian Accident Settlements Are Calculated

Like all personal injury settlement calculations, pedestrian accident settlements are calculated based on a variety of case factors and variables, including the severity of the injuries, the extent of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Below are some of the key variables that affect how much a pedestrian accident settlement be be worth:

Medical Expenses: Any medical expenses related to recovery from the pedestrian accident, including hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and ongoing therapies. If you’ve been hit by a car and injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for all medical bills (past and future).

Example: If a pedestrian is hit by a car and incurs $20,000 in medical bills for immediate treatment and is expected to need an additional $10,000 in future medical care, the total medical expenses would be $30,000.

Lost Wages: Lost income is calculated to compensate the injured party for any income that was lost due to an inability to work as a result of their injuries. This is calculated using the average weekly wage multiplied by the number of weeks unable to work. Individuals may also be eligible to recover damages for future lost wages if they suffer long-term or permanent disabilities due to the accident.

Example: If the injured pedestrian earns $1,000 per week and is unable to work for 8 weeks due to injuries, the total lost wages would be $8,000. If the pedestrian earns $50,000 per year and is expected to be unable to work for 2 years due to long-term injuries, the future earnings loss would be $100,000.

Pain & Suffering: Compensation for physical or emotional pain and suffering distress caused by the injury. This is often determined by the severity of the injury and the overall impact on the victim’s life (such as pain and suffering following a wrongful death claim).

Example: If the pedestrian’s injuries are severe and have a significant impact on their quality of life, a multiplier of 3 might be used. If the total medical expenses are $30,000, the pain and suffering compensation could be $90,000 ($30,000 x 3).

Other Damages: Other damages may include compensation for property damage, transportation costs to medical appointments, and any other out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of the accident.

Example: If the pedestrian’s phone was destroyed in the accident ($500) and they had to spend $200 on transportation to medical appointments, the other damages would be $700.

Each of these variables can have a significant impact on the amount you may receive from your pedestrian accident settlement. If you or a loved one was hit by a car and injured in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to consult with a pedestrian accident attorney to understand your legal options. An attorney can help answer any questions you may have, determine if you are edible to recover compensation, and help you build a strong claim to ensure you receive fair compensation for damages.

It’s important to recognize that each pedestrian accident claim is unique, and the method used to calculate the settlement will depend on the various case factors and the unique circumstances of the case. Consulting with a pedestrian accident attorney can help ensure that you receive a fair settlement.

Getting started with your pedestrian accident case is easy. Just request a free case evaluation online, and a legal team in our network will reach out to you regarding your case. Our network of attorneys includes a team of over 250+ legal professionals throughout the United States with over $1 billion recovered for clients, including those who have suffered injuries as a result of a pedestrian accident.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average payout for a pedestrian accident settlement?

The average payout for a pedestrian accident settlement can vary widely depending on the severity of the injuries, the circumstances of the accident, and the jurisdiction in which the claim is filed. However, as a general range, settlements can be anywhere from a few thousand dollars for minor injuries to several hundred thousand dollars or even millions for more severe or catastrophic injuries. It’s important to note that the severity of the injuries often leads to higher payouts, as more serious injuries typically result in greater medical expenses, longer recovery times, and potentially life-altering consequences for the victim.

How long does a pedestrian accident settlement take?

The timeline for a pedestrian accident settlement can vary widely depending on several factors. On average, cases may take anywhere from a few months to several years to reach a settlement. Typically, a straightforward case with clear liability and minor injuries might be resolved in 3 to 6 months. However, if the case involves severe injuries, a lengthy medical recovery, or disputes over liability, it could take a year or more to settle.

Cases may take more or less time depending on various factors such as the severity of injuries, length of medical recovery, the complexity of the case, the number of parties involved in the accident, and the willingness of both sides to reach a settlement. In some instances, if a case goes to trial, the process can extend even longer. It’s important to work closely with a personal injury attorney who can provide guidance on the expected timeline for your specific case.

How long do I have to file a pedestrian accident claim?

The time you have to file a pedestrian accident claim, known as the statute of limitations, varies from state to state. Generally, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including pedestrian accidents, ranges from 1 to 6 years, with 2 years being a common timeframe in many states.

It’s important to be aware of the specific statute of limitations in your state, as failing to file a claim within this period typically bars you from seeking compensation for your injuries. Since these time limits can vary and there may be exceptions or special circumstances that apply, it’s advisable to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident to ensure your rights are protected.

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