Sometimes you just want to settle a conflict. Even if it costs you more money, sometimes it may be worth it to you personally, professionally, emotionally, or with the right set of circumstances to have a matter settled. A Mediation rather than a Trial may be able to bring you that.
In Mediation, you control the crash. In Mediation, you do not get as much of a winner and a loser, but you do get to settle the matter. Depending on your circumstances and your goals, Mediation may be the right thing for you.
A trial is going to result in a winner and a loser, and a judge is going to decide which is which. In Mediation, however, you have the opportunity to sit down with the other side and hammer out a deal. Then once the deal is made, it is made, and you have settled the issue. It gives both sides more control over the outcome.
There are a number of civil law matters where Mediation can be used, such as divorce and consumer debt defense. Seek competent legal counsel to determine if Mediation is an option in your case, and if it would be beneficial to you.