Most personal injury cases do not go to trial. Instead, the lawyers negotiate a settlement. There are a number of different reasons why most cases settle. In many cases, it is a combination of reasons that people are motivated to resolve their case short of trial.
Settlements Provide Certainty
When cases go to trial, you never know what a jury is going to do. They may award significantly more or significantly less than the parties asked for. Of course, in a trial, there are two lawyers arguing to the jury. One is representing an injured person and is asking for compensation. The other, however, is representing the other party, and is arguing that the injured person should not get any money, or should not get very much money for their injury.