No two settlements are identical. But my friend/cousin/neighbor/etc. settled their claim for $$$$ and they were not hurt as bad as I was. We hear this all the time when it comes to personal injury settlements. Unfortunately, all I can say in response is “Good for your friend/cousin/neighbor/etc.” Even within the same vehicle in an accident, there can be different settlement results among the claimants. That’s because no two people are identical (except identical twins! And even they are going to have some differences—just ask their Mom).
Think about it. Even in a rear-end collision, the occupants of the vehicle are going to be affected differently. * Those in the back seat may be impacted greater than those in the front seat since they are physically closer to the impact. Or maybe not. Maybe the backseat passengers are children who are secured in proper car seats and are more insulated from the impact and were not injured at all, and yet the parents in the front seat sustained soft tissue injuries to their neck and back, or a knee injury from striking the dashboard, or a head injury from striking the steering wheel. Each of those injuries, or lack thereof, is going to merit a different settlement value.