Average 18-Wheeler Accident Settlements in Maine

average 18 wheeler accident settlement maineLarge trucks can carry huge amounts of cargo, are hard to maneuver, and can cause catastrophic damage if they collide with another vehicle.

Victims in 18-wheeler crashes should be compensated for the physical, mental, and financial devastation that the negligent driver of a large truck caused them.

Many victims receive the compensation they need through a truck accident settlement instead of litigation. 

If you were a victim in a crash with an 18-wheeler or large truck, do not let the at-fault driver’s insurance company convince you that your case is worth less than it is.

Insurance companies tend to swoop in quickly after an accident and offer settlement amounts that do not fully cover a victim’s losses and financial needs.

With the help of the experienced truck accident attorneys at Mann Law, you can hold a negligent trucker accountable for all the damage they have caused you. 

Facts About Large Truck Accidents

Any motor vehicle can be a destructive piece of machinery. However, the sheer size and unwieldiness of a large truck can cause large truck accident victims severe or even life-changing injuries.  

The Definition of a Large Truck

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Fatality Analysis Reporting System defines a large truck as a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating that is greater than 10,000 pounds.

In comparison, the average car weighs approximately 4,000 pounds. This weight difference is one reason why truck accidents can be so devastating. 

The Frequency of Large Truck Accidents

The FMCSA reports that in 2020, there were 4,588 fatal crashes that involved large trucks or buses.

The year 2020 also saw 108,000 large truck and bus crashes that involved injury and 332,000 accidents that caused property damage only. 

What Should You Receive in a Truck Accident Settlement?

So, what are average 18-wheeler settlements in Maine? It depends. Because the facts and circumstances of every accident are different, there is no average 18-wheeler settlement amount.

The best way to determine the value of your truck accident case is to speak to a knowledgeable attorney about your specific circumstances. 

What You Can Recover for a Truck Accident that Causes Injury or Property Damage

The amount of compensation you are legally entitled to receive in a truck accident lawsuit is what you should receive in an accident settlement.

In a civil suit, you can receive compensation for your past, present, and future financial losses. You can also receive compensation for emotional and mental harm, such as pain and suffering.

In some cases, punitive damages might be imposed to punish an at-fault driver who engaged in reprehensible behavior. 

In many cases, a settlement for an 18-wheeler crash will include the following:

  • Reimbursement for medical expenses,  
  • Payment for present and future medical needs, 
  • Compensation to replace or repair damaged property, 
  • Reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses, 
  • Compensation for lost wages
  • Payment for lost earning capacity, and
  • Compensation for pain and suffering

Maine law reduces an accident victim’s compensation by their percentage of fault for the accident.

To help you receive the damages you deserve, you should have a skilled attorney by your side who knows how to push back against the insurance company when it tries to blame you for the accident. 

What You Can Recover for a Truck Accident that Causes the Death of a Loved One

If your loved one died in a truck accident, their personal representative can initiate a wrongful death action to claim damages on behalf of their heirs.

Damages you could receive from a wrongful death claim include the following: 

  • Payment for financial losses;
  • Reimbursement for the deceased’s medical care;
  • Payment for the deceased’s funeral expenses; 
  • Compensation for your loss of comfort, society, and companionship;
  • Compensation for your emotional distress; and 
  • Punitive damages. 

If your loved one’s death was caused by a careless truck driver, speak to an attorney about your legal options.

Mann Law Can Protect You

With nearly 20 years of experience, the attorneys at Mann Law have the knowledge and skills to help you hold the truck driver who injured you accountable.

Our attorneys have previously represented insurance companies and are uniquely qualified to advocate for you at the negotiating table and in the courtroom.

We pride ourselves on giving every client the personal attention and guidance they deserve. Please call us or reach out to us online for a free consultation. 

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Christiana E. Mann Christiana “Chrissy” Mann has specialized in civil litigation for 21+ years as a savvy and creative litigator, and she’s regarded as a fair, compassionate, and zealous advocate on behalf of her clients.