The average dollar amount that a car accident victim receives in compensation can vary greatly depending on the severity of the injuries, the impact on the individual's life, the at-fault party’s insurance coverage and the state in which the accident occurred. In general, the more severe the injuries and the greater the impact on the individual's life, the higher the settlement payout is likely to be. This can range from hundreds of dollars to hundreds of thousands if injuries are permanent. On average, it is not surprising to see settlement values of anywhere from $3,000 to $20,000. It is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer to determine a fair settlement amount in your specific case.