Because of the sheer size and weight of a truck compared to other vehicles, truck accidents can cause devastating injuries. According to the National Safety Council, 5,005 trucks were involved in fatal accidents, and 118,000 were involved in accidents resulting in injury in 2019. Having one of the best truck accident lawyers in Portland on your side can help you receive maximum compensation for your claim while alleviating much of the frustration and aggravation of handling the insurance claim and legal process on your own.
Finding the right attorney to fit your needs can be a daunting task, and in the wake of a devastating accident, you already have plenty to do. We hope you find this list of Portland truck accident lawyers helpful.
As with most personal injury claims, in order to have a case against the defendant, you must be able to prove that their negligent action or inaction caused the accident. Truck accidents are often more complex than other types of vehicle accidents because they generally involve multiple defendants, higher insurance policies, and greater damages. Unlike standard passenger vehicle drivers, a commercial truck driver may not own the vehicle, or be responsible for business policies, truck maintenance, cargo loads, and other factors that could contribute to causing a truck accident. Any number of people may share liability, including:
It is important to understand who is responsible for the accident. Your financial recovery may be limited by the defendant’s insurance policy, which means you may benefit from pursuing a claim against multiple responsible parties.
Because some of these parties may hold large policies, insurance companies have more to lose when paying out settlements for severe and costly injuries. They may be looking for reasons to undervalue or deny your claim. Once you accept a settlement, you cannot go back and ask for more. A Portland truck accident attorney can help ensure you understand your options.
Experienced truck accident lawyers in Portland, Maine, can help you calculate the true value of your claim given the circumstances of your accident, the severity of your injuries, and the cost associated with care. This is one of the first steps toward ensuring you receive fair compensation.
An attorney can conduct an independent investigation into the facts of your claim to determine who is at fault and whom you should file your claim against. They can also negotiate with insurance companies to achieve a fair settlement and recommend litigation if one cannot be reached. You are much more likely to achieve maximum compensation with significantly less stress when you have skilled legal representation.
Most people don’t have a truck accident lawyer on speed dial, so if you are in a truck accident, it may take some effort to find the right attorney. Many people opt to conduct a quick internet search, which is not a bad place to start, but it is important to take a critical look at the results you receive.
Generally, the first few attorneys on the results page will be sponsored posts, which means they paid to be at the top of the search results. Though there is nothing wrong with advertising, it is just good to know that those are not organic results. You may also find some pages with the best truck accident lawyers in Portland ranked. Many of those lists are not vetted and are also organized by how much is paid to be at the top of the list.
You are already dealing with enough stress. To help take a little of the work off your plate, we have provided a vetted list of truck accident attorneys that we feel could provide quality legal representation.
Christiana Mann, founder of Mann Law, has specialized in civil litigation for nearly two decades and has years of valuable experience litigating insurance defense cases. This experience gives her the benefit of added insight into the legal strategies and internal operations of insurance companies. She understands how to negotiate for maximum compensation and will not settle for less than what you deserve. These skills are especially important in truck accident cases. She focuses her practice on personal injury and is passionate about helping those who have been injured by no fault of their own.
Early in her career, she was one of a few attorneys in the State of Maine to be designated by New England Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the field of personal injury law. Since then, she has received multiple additional accolades and has built a reputation for compassionate, zealous representation.
Christian Lewis of Hardy Wolf & Downing has helped victims of serious accidents for over 16 years. Chris attributes much of his success to his belief in being mindful of client concerns and developing a professional relationship of mutual trust and respect with the people he serves.
Chris is a past Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) president. He is also the President of the Board for the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project, and is a member of the Town of Cumberland Board of Adjustment and Appeals as well as the Maine Bar Association.
Craig A. Bramley utilizes his strong skills in medical and legal research, writing, and persuasion to develop and present cases from beginning to end. Since joining Berman & Simmons law firm in 1996, Craig A. Bramley has earned an impressive reputation for representing personal injury and medical malpractice victims against large corporations and other powerful defendants. He is also the firm’s managing director and always looks for new ways to achieve the best possible client results.
As a Maine native, Benjamin Gideon proudly serves the legal needs of medical malpractice and personal injury victims in Portland, along with surrounding areas and multiple states. He has received more than $130 million on behalf of his clients. Ben has been named in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013 and was named “Lawyer of the Year” for the State of Maine twice. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers every year since 2013.
For more than 40 years, Terry Garmey has fought on behalf of injury victims in Maine and has earned more 7-figure verdicts than any other attorney in the state. He was the first lawyer from Maine to be invited to the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization of the top 100 plaintiff lawyers in the U.S. Terry thrives on taking complex problems and breaking them down into simple ones with solutions.
For over 20 years, Peter Thompson has been fighting for victims of serious accidents in Portland and surrounding areas and has successfully resolved thousands of cases. The firm of Peter Thompson & Associates has several nationally reported victories and precedent-setting court decisions. Peter has been featured in New England Super Lawyers magazine and is “AV Preeminent” rated by Lawyers.com, a well-respected peer review organization that rates lawyers based on input from judges and other members of the legal community.
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, you may be entitled to compensation. At Mann Law, we would love to help you, but if we cannot, we hope one of these qualified attorneys can.