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Michigan Car Accident Settlements From Michigan Auto Law

Our winning record of notable and top-reported Michigan car accident settlements and verdicts for car, truck, motorcycle and personal injury cases speaks for the fact that our attorneys fight hard for our clients – consistently breaking records and setting higher standards for car accident litigation.

Michigan Auto Law has over 50 separate trial verdicts or arbitration judgments of $1 million or more.

Specialization and subject matter expertise pay off for the people we are honored to represent and help.

Our trial record allows our attorneys to settle cases faster and for significantly more money than other personal injury lawyers and law firms who do not have this proven record of success protecting auto accident victims. 

In fact, Attorney At Law Magazine duly noted:

“Michigan Auto Law has been listed for 17 consecutive years with the top reported injury settlements and trial verdicts in Michigan … This remarkable record eclipses every other law firm in Michigan …”

Highest Auto Accident Settlement by any Michigan Law Firm or Lawyer

Steve Gursten recovered a $34 million settlement for a truck accident, the highest in the United States for that year. It remains the highest auto or truck accident settlement ever by a Michigan lawyer.

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Michigan Car Accident Settlements and Verdicts

$7 Million Wrongful Death Settlement

The victim’s parents sued the speeding driver in an Oakland County lawsuit for the conscious pain and suffering their son endured before passing away. This was the top reported Michigan car accident settlement in 2015. This $7 million wrongful death auto accident settlement also involved a $3 million in personal assets contribution over the insurance policy limits.

$5.65 Million Traumatic Brain Injury Verdict

A Macomb County jury awarded damages to a man who was driven over, suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury, broken jaw and separated shoulder, which prevented him from returning to work. The maximum Michigan car accident settlement offer by the at-fault driver was $600,000. This was largest reported car accident verdict in Michigan and the second largest reported verdict in all of Michigan for the year.

$5.1 Million Rear-end Wrongful Death Settlement

This was the largest reported wrongful death settlement in Washtenaw County and the largest reported motor vehicle wrongful death settlement in Michigan for an individual killed in a car accident in 2018. (Based on confirmed/disclosed Washtenaw County case dispositions reported to VerdictSearch and based Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s year-end compilation of settlements and verdicts.)

$5 Million Judgment for Wrongful Death Car Accident

Victim was struck and killed by a negligently driven car as she attempted to provide aid to the driver and passengers of an overturned vehicle on an interstate highway.

$5 Million Judgment for Car Accident

The victim was struck by a car while she was inspecting vehicle damage that was caused by a previous rear-end collision, resulting in facial fractures requiring reconstruction along with other orthopedic injuries from being struck as a pedestrian

$4.25 Million Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Jury Verdict

After the defense offered only $100,000 to settle, an Oakland County jury returned a verdict in favor of a car accident victim who suffered a traumatic brain injury and depression in a head-on crash when a driver crossed the centerline.

$3.5 Million Michigan Car Accident Settlement for Concussion

A tire that separated from a truck on the highway hit the victim who was riding in a passing vehicle, causing the victim to suffer a traumatic brain injury with cognitive impairment and facial fractures. This was the top-reported personal injury settlement in a wheel separation auto accident crash in Michigan in 2017.

$2.5 Million Michigan Car Accident Settlement for Back and Neck Injury

In this confidential case the victim had to undergo spinal surgery for the neck and back injuries.

$2.1 Million Michigan Car Accident for Head Injury

This Macomb County settlement for serious head injury, headaches and traumatic optic neuropathy suffered by the victim was the top reported car accident settlement in Michigan in 2009.

$2.1 Million Brain Injury Jury Verdict

This verdict arose from a Washtenaw County rear-end car accident. The insurance company offer before trial was only $30,000.

$2 Million Concussion Injury Verdict

The car accident victim’s concussion injury was not accompanied by any loss of consciousness. There was also no visible damage to the victim’s vehicle. State Farm Insurance took a hard-line and made no offers to settle. This $0 offer continued throughout the trial.

$2 Million Car Accident Head Injury Arbitration Award

The victim in this Detroit, Wayne County car accident suffered a head injury that resulted in a binding $2 Million arbitration award.

$2 Million Lower back Injury Distracted Driving Settlement

In this Bay County rear-end auto accident case, the at-fault driver was driving distracted and failed to see that traffic had stopped due to road construction.

$2 Million Michigan Car Accident Settlement For Broken Leg

A texting driver caused this head-on collision, which resulted in an elderly woman’s broken leg that required surgery.

$1.8 Million Michigan Car Accident Settlement For Head Injury

The injuries suffered by the husband and wife car accident victims in this case included brain injury and various orthopedic injuries requiring surgery.

$1.5 Million Michigan Car Accident Settlement for Loss of Eye

The victim in this Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County motor vehicle accident suffered a loss of his left eye.

$1.5 Million Michigan Car Accident Settlement Against Drunk Driver

This Wayne County rear‐end car accident resulting in injuries to the victim was caused by a drunk driver.

$1.5 Million Wrongful Death Car Accident Settlement

This confidential wrongful death settlement resulted from a fatal car accident in Calhoun County 

$1.485 Million Low Vehicle Damage Disc Herniation Jury Verdict

This rear-end, low-vehicle damage car accident in Macomb County caused injuries that included a back injury and disc herniation requiring surgery. The jury’s verdict came after the defense’s $0 settlement offer. This was the top-reported car accident verdict in Michigan in 2012.

$1.4 Million Wrongful Death Car Accident Settlement

This wrongful death car accident, involving the Estate of Michael Brown, was settled pre-lawsuit despite a defense claim of comparative negligence.

$1.4 Million Traumatic Brain Injury Settlement

This crash resulted in a traumatic brain injury. The settlement shows how important it is to find all available insurance after a car accident. In this case, an additional $1 Million umbrella policy for the defendant was found after being denied by the defendant.

$1.4 Million Traumatic Brain Injury Verdict

This Wayne County verdict for a traumatic brain injury case came after turning down an $85,000 settlement offer by Auto-Owners Insurance Company.

$1.35 Million Head-On Car Accident Settlement

The victim suffered a left foot injury and broken right hip after his vehicle was struck head-on by the defendant who had crossed the center line of M-117 in Alpena County in a snowstorm in order to pass a slower-moving vehicle.

$1.25 Million Wrongful Death Car Accident Settlement

This settlement resulted from a fatal car accident in Hillsdale County

$1.25 Million Car Accident Settlement for Head-On Collision

The victim in this head-on car crash suffered a hip dislocation and hip labral tear requiring ORIF as well as multiple fractures. She will undergo hip and knee arthroplasty. 

$1.25 Million Michigan Car Accident Settlement for Leg Fracture

Quendnau v. Everest Inc. – The car crash victim’s leg fracture required surgery.

$1.25 Million Tinnitus Injury Verdict

After an $80,000 settlement offer from American Alternative Insurance Group was refused, a Wayne County jury returned this verdict for an auto accident victim who suffered from tinnitus and a brain injury.

$1.15 Million Ingram County Vertigo, Tinnitus and Depression Settlement

This Ingham County auto accident settlement was for vertigo and tinnitus, depression, headaches and a low back injury.

$1.15 Million Michigan Car Accident Settlement For Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

In this confidential case the victim suffered a mile traumatic brain injury in a contested liability automobile accident.

$1.1 Million Herniated Disc from Car Accident Verdict

In this Oakland County car accident case, the victim suffered a herniated cervical disc only and no surgery. Allstate Insurance Company’s settlement offer – which was refused – was only $10,000. The case settled for five times the insurance policy limits.

$1.1 million Michigan Car Accident Settlement for Broken Spinal Cord Injury

In Monroe County, a victim who suffered a broken neck and spinal cord injury when the pickup truck he was riding in was hit head-on by a scrapped truck that was being towed.

$1.1 Million Back Injury Verdict

After refusing a $90,000 settlement offer from Reliance Insurance Company, this car accident case was tried to a jury who ruled in favor of the victim who underwent back surgery as a result of crash-related injuries.

$1.01 Million Whiplash Verdict

After a negligent driver ran a stop sign and t-boned the car accident victim’s car, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the victim who suffered a “soft tissue” whiplash neck injury.

$1 Million Spinal Fracture Settlement

A distracted teen driver caused this Washtenaw County head-on car accident case, which resulted in a spinal fracture and rib fractures.

$1 Million Disc Herniation Verdict

A Macomb County jury returned this car accident verdict in a case involving a spinal injury/disc herniation on a $0 settlement offer from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

$1 Million Lower Back Injury Verdict

After a $0 settlement offer from State Farm, the jury ruled in favor of the car crash victim who had suffered a lower back injury.

Truck Accident Settlements and Verdicts

$34.5 Million Rear-end Truck Accident Settlement

Attorney Steve Gursten and his team secured the largest-reported tractor-trailer crash settlement in the U.S. that year. It is the largest truck settlement by an attorney in the state of Michigan. The defense’s “final offer” before trial was $14 million. The case settled for $34 million in trial.

$13.5 Million Burn Injury Settlement

Our attorneys settled a case for a victim in a car versus tractor trailer crash who suffered major burn injuries.

$10.5 Million Truck Accident Settlement

Attorney Steven Gursten obtained this recovery for a woman who was seriously injured when a truck crashed into her vehicle.

$9 Million Pain and Suffering Truck Accident Settlement

Attorney Steve Gursten and his team obtained this recovery for a man who lost both of his legs in a rear-end collision. This was the largest pain and suffering trucking settlement of the preceding decade for a rear-end crash in the state. Interestingly, the insurance company for the trucking company attempted to settle this case for $1 million with the client’s previous attorney, who had urged the client to take this offer before Steve got involved in the case.

$6.2 Million Out-of- State Truck Accident Wrongful Death Settlement

This trucking death case was settled by attorney Steve Gursten who was brought in by local counsel to take this case to trial. The defense made a $400,000 “final” offer to the previous attorney before Steve became involved in the case.

$3.9 Million Drowsy Driving Settlement

Gravel hauler crash on I-75 in Macomb County attributed to truck driver drowsiness from taking epilepsy medication for seizure disorder. This was the largest truck accident settlement and the largest reported overall personal injury settlement in Michigan for that year.

$3.6 Million Injury Lawsuit Arbitration Award

Barnes v. Cassens Transport Company: Three plaintiffs suffered mild traumatic brain injury and back, shoulder, elbow and carpal tunnel surgeries from truck accident. The defense’s settlement offer was $300,000. The arbitration panel saw it differently, awarding $3.6 Million in binding arbitration.

$3.5 Million Traumatic Brain Injury Jury Verdict

A Jackson County, Michigan jury ruled in favor of a truck accident victim who suffered a traumatic brain injury, depression and two fractured thoracic vertebrae. This was the top reported truck accident verdict in Michigan in 2010. The highest offer from Zurich to settle the case was $1 Million.

$3.5 Million Orthopedic Injury Settlement

A Macomb County client suffered severe brain injury and multiple orthopedic injuries when a commercial box truck tire detached and hit his vehicle. Discovery of truck maintenance records and experience with truck accident lawsuits enabled our attorneys to reach a successful result.

$3.3 Million Wrongful Death Tire Separation Settlement

On U.S. 23 near Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, a truck’s tire separated and struck the roof and windshield of another vehicle, resulting in the death of a 20-year-old college student. This settlement was the top-reported commercial vehicle wrongful-death accident. It was also the highest settlement involving tire separation in Michigan for the year.

$2.5 Million Verdict in Fatal Bike Accident Caused by Truck

This Macomb County wrongful death truck accident case involved a bicyclist who was lawfully crossing the street. The defense’s settlement offer was $250,000. This was the top-reported truck accident verdict in Michigan for the year.

$2.5 Million Rear End Collision Verdict

After a defense settlement offer of $250,000 was refused, a jury ruled in favor of this truck accident victim who suffered a traumatic brain injury. This was the largest reported Michigan auto verdict for the year.

$2.5 Million Neck and Back Injury Settlement

This Wayne County intersection accident involving a semi-truck and SUV resulted in injuries that required two spinal surgeries, herniated discs in the cervical and lumbar spine. This was one of the highest reported truck accident settlements in Michigan for 2013.

$2.2 Million Wrongful-Death Case

In this confidential case a truck accident victim perished due to the plaintiff’s negligence.

$2 Million Truck Accident Settlement Involving Traumatic Brain Injury

Our attorneys settled this Kent County case for a woman who suffered a catastrophic traumatic brain injury when the vehicle she was riding in as a passenger was broad-sided by a semi-tractor trailer dump truck

$2 Million Truck Crash Settlement

This confidential truck crash case involved a semi-truck and a car resulting in serious injuries.

$2 Million Semi-Tractor Trailer Rear-End Collision Settlement

In this confidential case, the truck accident victims suffered injuries to the head, neck, and back.

$1.9 Million Pre-existing Neck and Back Injury, Aggravated by Truck Accident Settlement

A garbage truck crashed into the victim’s pickup truck in Macomb County, aggravating previous neck and back injuries.

$1.85 Million Truck Accident Settlement

Our client in this Macomb County truck accident suffered serious spine injuries requiring multiple surgeries.

$1.63 Million Van Buren Truck Accident Settlement

This Van Buren County crash was the top-reported truck accident settlement in 2017. It involved multiple semi-tractor trailers in winter weather. Liability was strongly contested by the defendant.

$1.45 Million Detroit Truck Crash Injury Verdict

A jury ruled in favor of the truck accident victim who had suffered a traumatic brain injury and underwent both neck and shoulder surgery. This was the top reported verdict for a truck accident case in Michigan for the year.

$1.375 Million Livingston County Truck Accident Settlement

A woman was involved in a rear-end collision by a commercial semi-truck on the freeway and suffered lower back and neck injuries.

$1.3 Million Wayne County Truck Accident Judgment on a defense offer of $100,000

$1.275 Million TBI Case

In McDowell v. Ford Motor Co. the victim was awarded based on traumatic brain injuries in a contested liability truck accident case.

$1.25 Million Soft Tissue Injury Settlement from Truck Accident

This contested liability truck accident case involved soft-tissue physical injuries – Sterbyci v. Moe’s Transport Trucking.

$1.25 Million Pre-existing Head Injury Truck Accident Settlement

A truck driver rear-ended a pickup truck in a Wayne County highway traffic jam, pushing the pickup into the victim’s minivan. This top-reported truck accident settlement also involved minor vehicle damage and an aggravation of a pre-existing closed head injury in Michigan in 2017.

$1.15 Million Rear-end Collision Settlement

An Oakland County rear-end collision caused by a truck with brake maintenance problems. Client suffered broken arm and other accident injuries.

$1.15 Million Skull Fracture Settlement

This Ingham County truck accident victim’s injuries included a traumatic brain injury, depressed skull fracture, fractured finger and disc herniations.

$1.15 Million Settlement for a Wayne County Commercial Vehicle Collision

$1.1 Million Shoulder Injury Settlement

In Gilmore v. Secrest the victim in this semi-truck accident case suffered shoulder and back injuries. The defendant had only offered $100,000 up to and including first day of trial.

$1 Million Settlement for Serious Personal Injuries from Truck Accident

Heintz v. Shell Settlement was reached in 2007 and was considered one of the highest settlements that year.

$1 Million Neck and Back Injury Settlement

The truck accident victim’s injuries included neck and back injuries requiring surgery and depression. This was one of the top reported auto negligence/truck accident settlements in Michigan in 2004.

$1 Million Truck Accident Lower Back Injury Verdict

A Macomb County jury ruled in favor a truck accident victim who suffered a lower back injury requiring low back fusion surgery.

$1 Million Settlement in a Head-on Truck collision

$1 Million Leg Injury Judgment

State of Michigan’s negligent use of a sign resulted in a car/truck collision on a highway ramp that caused leg injuries to the victim.

Motorcycle Accident Settlements and Verdicts

$6.2 Million Wrongful Death Motorcycle Accident Settlement

This confidential out-of-state wrongful death case involved a commercial motor vehicle causing the death of a motorcyclist.

$1.25 Million Kent County Motorcycle Accident Settlement 

The victim who was lawfully riding his motorcycle suffered severe injuries requiring multiple surgeries on both legs and below the right knee amputation as a result of a collision caused by a motorist who failed to yield the right of way.

$1.1 Million Motorcycle Accident Injury Settlement

In this accident case, the victim desperately needed Michigan attendant care benefits, which the insurance company was refusing to pay.

$1 Million Wayne County Motorcycle Accident Settlement

A motorcyclist suffered a neck fracture requiring surgery; a left knee dislocation with ACL tear, and traumatic brain injury.

Bus Accident Settlements and Verdicts

$850,000 Settlement for a Wayne County Bus Accident Involving Two Buses

$780,000 Arbitration Award

A Wayne County pedestrian/bus accident occurred because a bus driver was driving while distracted and was not watching the road.

Personal Injury Settlements and Verdicts

$6.1 Million Wrongful Death Jury Verdict

Detroit Edison’s negligent installation/maintenance of power lines in Oakland County resulted in wrongful death of 5-year-old. Sanctions and interest brought total award to $10 Million.

$5.5 Million Settlement for Oakland County Swimming Accident

$4.6 Million Traumatic Brain Injury Verdict

Improperly stacked merchandise in a retail pharmacy in Wayne County fell and struck a shopper, causing her to suffer a traumatic brain injury, cognitive limitations and debilitating headaches. This was the top reported brain injury verdict in Michigan in 2015.

$3 Million Settlement in Oakland County for Obstetrical Malpractice

$2.5 Million Head Injury Settlement

When a press shaft fractured, the press operator was hit in the head by a falling piece of metal. Suit was brought in Washtenaw County against the successor to a power press manufacturer and a prior owner/maintainer of the press.

$1.5 Million Product Liability Verdict

A Wayne County jury ruled in favor of a shopper who was injured by a store’s automatic sliding doors.

$1.8 Million Orthopedic injuries

In this confidential case Atlas Copco Tools, Inc. paid out 1.8 Million to a husband and wife for grain injury and various orthopedic injuries and surgeries.

$1.2 Million Wrongful Death Settlement

In this confidential case, the victim was killed by a gas explosion.

$1.1 Million Arbitration Award in Oakland County for Obstetrical Malpractice

$900,000 Workplace Injury Settlement in Macomb County

Top Michigan Car Accident Settlements and Verdicts

Getting top-reported Michigan car accident settlements and verdicts is not something new for Michigan Auto Law. Here’s what we’ve accomplished:

  • 2021: Top-reported truck and auto settlement in Michigan. Our attorneys obtained 7 of the top 24 largest reported auto accident verdicts and/or settlements in the state.
  • 2020: The top two (2) largest reported judgments in Michigan. These $5 million judgments were the largest for all categories, not just car accidents.
  • 2018: Largest pain and suffering verdict ever in Ottawa Co, MI.  Largest auto verdict in West Michigan in 2018
  • 2017: Top-reported personal injury settlement in a wheel separation auto accident crash
  • 2016: Top-reported commercial vehicle wrongful-death accident involving tire separation
  • 2015: Top negligence brain injury verdict; top truck accident settlement
  • 2014: Top truck settlement in U.S.; highest ever by Michigan attorney
  • 2012: Top truck verdict, car verdict and auto settlement
  • 2011: Top truck verdict
  • 2010: Top truck verdict and auto settlement
  • 2009: Top auto verdict and auto settlement
  • 2008: Top auto verdict and auto settlement

(Source: Year-end verdicts and settlements reports by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and VerdictSearch

What’s the average car accident settlement in Michigan?

As for the average car accident settlement in Michigan, there is no public or private entity – at either the state or the national level – that collects, updates, reports and/or publishes that data.

As for the results that we have obtained for our clients, we have many Michigan car accident settlements that exceed the $1 Million mark, including, but not limited to a $7 Million pain and suffering settlement, a $5.65 Million traumatic brain injury verdict and a $2.5 Million settlement for back and neck injuries.

If you want to find out how much your case is worth you can use are car accident settlement calculator or call us for a car accident lawyer free consultation with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys.

How to receive your car accident compensation in Michigan?

There are three ways that auto accident victims in Michigan can receive pain and suffering compensation after having been injured in a car crash:

  • A pre-lawsuit settlement.
  • A settlement after a lawsuit has been filed.
  • A jury returns a verdict in favor of the car accident, directing how much the at-fault driver (as well as his or her auto insurer) must pay to the victim for the pain and suffering his or her negligence has caused.

How long does a car accident settlement take in Michigan?

Unfortunately, there is no average time for how long a car accident settlement can take in Michigan. There are so many variables at work that it’s impossible to predict exactly how long it will take to settle an automobile crash case in Michigan.

However, there are three critical factors in every case that can drastic effects on how quickly a case settles or how long it’s dragged out:

  • The auto insurance company for the at-fault driver.
  • The adjuster from the at-fault driver’s insurer.
  • The defense lawyer assigned to represent the at-fault driver (though the lawyer, in reality, has the insurer’s interests (i.e., avoiding having to pay benefits, boosting profits) as his or her top priority).

How much to expect from a car accident settlement in Michigan?

Many important factors affect how much you can expect from a car accident settlement in Michigan – or how much a jury awards with its verdict in Michigan. However, what those factors are, and which ones are the most important depends on the facts of each case and varies from case to case.

Based on the extensive litigation experience of the car accident lawyers at Michigan Auto Law, we’ve identified the following “Michigan car accident settlement factors” as being frequently among the most important in most cases:

Being represented by a lawyer

Being represented and protected by a lawyer who is experienced in litigating motor vehicle accident cases and has a reputation for being willing to take a case to trial if the Michigan car accident settlement offers are too low greatly increases a car crash victim’s chances of getting the fair settlement or verdict he or she deserves.

Who’s your lawyer?

Insurers are going to take more seriously and make more generous Michigan car accident settlement offers on cases where the victim’s lawyer has a reputation and track record for taking solid cases, for working tirelessly, for never being afraid to go to trial and, most importantly, for winning in front of juries.

State in which your car accident occurs

A car crash victim’s right to sue for pain and suffering compensation – and whether there are any limitations on that right – depends on the laws of the state in which his or her accident occurred and whether it is a No-Fault state or a “pure tort” state.

Liability or fault

Determining who was at-fault in causing the auto accident that injured a victim is a crucial factor in determining the potential Michigan car accident settlement value of a case.


Injury information will include: medical diagnosis of the injury; type of injury; symptoms and duration of symptoms; injury-related impairments and duration; medical treatment for injury.

Diagnostic testing and imaging

Assuming a car accident victim’s injuries can be detected by diagnostic testing and imaging (WARNING: Not all serious injuries can), this evidence is essential for successful Michigan car accident settlements as it used to prove the existence of the injuries that are causing pain, impairment and disability and to ensuring that victims get properly referred to the appropriate medical specialist.

Medical specialists

Insurance company adjusters will want to know the areas of practice of the doctors who are treating the victim, especially when those treaters are specialists, themselves.


How much time has the victim missed from work? Was the victim disabled from work by a treating doctor? Does a victim’s time off-work and/or monthly wages exceed the statutorily prescribed amounts?

Economic damages

Although economic damages such as wage loss are generally covered by No-Fault benefits, in many cases the need for wage loss benefits exceeds either or both the time and dollar-amount limits in the statute and, thus, excess wage loss benefits may be warranted.


In order to sue for pain and suffering under Michigan’s No-Fault law, a car accident victim must prove he or she suffered “an objectively manifested impairment of an important body function that affects the person’s general ability to lead his or her normal life.” Although the No-Fault Law doesn’t specifically define what an “impairment” is, the Michigan Supreme Court in its landmark ruling in McCormick v. Carrier explained that “an impairment generally relates to the effect” of a victim’s injury (i.e., “the actual damage or wound”) on “a particular body function.”

Colossus claims-handling software

Because of Colossus and other insurance company claims software programs, the process of litigating Michigan car accident settlements has been turned on its head: Offers for Michigan car accident settlements now come from a computer, with the adjuster relegated to the task of merely feeding data and information into the computer and with attorneys being shut out of the process completely.

Insurance policy limits

The insurance coverage is the most important factor in determining what the value of Michigan car accident settlements are worth. As such, the relevant policy limits for purposes of determining a case’s potential settlement value include: liability policy limit of the at-fault driver (and owner of the vehicle) who crashed into the victim; UM (uninsured motorist) or UIM (underinsured motorist) policy limits for the car accident victim; liability policy limit for a truck or trucking company (federal law sets the minimum bodily injury liability policy limit at $750,000).