What does An Maine 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer Do?

What Does A Maine 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer Do? 

Trucking accidents tend to be some of the most serious motor vehicle accidents. So if you were injured in an 18-wheeler accident, you may understandably be struggling physically, emotionally, and financially. 

However, it may be comforting to know that an 18-wheeler accident lawyer can help you take control of your situation and can help you get you the justice and compensation that you deserve. 

At Mann Law, we have experienced trucking accident attorneys who are ready to advocate on your behalf. Our award-winning firm has over 20 years of experience in the field, and we are here to help you. 

Below, this post will discuss some basics about trucking accidents and explain what a trucking accident lawyer does. This way, you can be more fully informed before proceeding with your legal claim. 

What Is a Trucking Accident Lawsuit in Maine Like? 

A trucking accident lawsuit allows you to seek justice and compensation for any injuries you incurred in the trucking accident. With the help of a lawyer, you can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party and seek damages. Damages are monetary amounts that are intended to compensate you for any losses you incurred due to the accident. 

Litigating Tractor Trailer Accident Lawsuits 

Because trucking accidents tend to be more severe than regular vehicle accidents, the legal cases that arise from trucking accidents tend to be more complex. If you were involved in a trucking accident, you will want an attorney who has experience litigating trucking accident cases because they will have the tools and expertise necessary to win your case. 

At Mann Law, our accident attorneys are recognized as some of the best in the state. Further, we have what it takes to win complex truck accident cases given our experience with these types of cases. 

What Damages Can I Recover in a Truck Accident Case? 

You may be wondering what damages can I recover in a truck accident case. Generally, there are two types of damages that you can recover in a truck accident case: economic damages and noneconomic damages. The first type of damages, economic damages, stem from losses that are relatively easy to calculate in terms of monetary value. Some examples of losses that lead to economic damages include: 

  • Ambulance costs, 
  • Doctor bills, 
  • Medication costs, 
  • Hospital bills, 
  • Lost wages, and 
  • Property damage costs. 

On the other hand, people can also usually recover noneconomic damages after a trucking accident. Noneconomic damages stem from losses that are a bit harder to quantify in terms of monetary value. Some examples of noneconomic damages include: 

  • Pain and suffering, 
  • Emotional distress, 
  • Loss of consortium, 
  • Permanent or temporary disfigurement, and 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life. 

A trucking accident lawyer can help you recover both economic and noneconomic damages. 

Who May Be Sued in a Trucking Accident Case? 

Who may be sued in a trucking accident case? There are a few different parties that you may be able to sue after you were involved in a trucking accident. Firstly, you can sue the driver of the truck if the accident was caused by the driver’s own negligent behavior. For example, if the truck driver was driving while distracted or operating the vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is likely that you can sue the driver personally. 

Secondly, you may also be able to sue the truck driver’s employer, as an employer is typically responsible for the actions of their employees. Sometimes, trucking companies fail to comply with state and federal laws that help ensure the safety of their drivers. For example, there are laws that regulate how long a driver can be on the road in a single trip. When a company allows a driver to drive for too long, they may be held liable for their negligence. 

Another party who may be sued in a trucking accident case is the manufacturer of the truck. You can sue the truck’s manufacturer if a faulty part was the cause of the accident. A lawyer will be able to help you investigate to see if you have a product liability claim. 

Truck Accident Lawsuit Settlements 

In the majority of trucking accidents cases, the parties will choose to settle outside of court. If you are wondering how much your settlement may be worth, a lawyer will be able to give you an estimate after you explain to them the details of your case. 

However, there are some general factors that go into determining a truck accident lawsuit settlements amount. These factors include: 

  • Who is at fault in the accident, 
  • Insurance limits, 
  • The severity of the injuries, 
  • The costs of treatment, and
  • The amount of property damage involved. 

Depending on the unique circumstances of your case, there may be some more factors to consider. Your attorney will be able to explain those to you in more detail. 

Common Trucking Accident Injuries 

As mentioned previously, trucking accidents often lead to severe injuries. Some of the most common injuries from truck accidents include: 

  • Head and brain injuries, 
  • Neck and back injuries, 
  • Lacerations, 
  • Broken bones and orthopedic injuries, 
  • Spinal cord injuries, and
  • Burns. 

If you suffered one of the above or another type of injury in a truck accident, we recommend that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. 

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents 

Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents include: 

  • Severe weather conditions, like ice or snow; 
  • Faulty mechanical parts;
  • Negligent maintenance of the truck;
  • Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Drivers who are distracted; 
  • Reckless driving, including speeding and unsafe lane changes; 
  • Improper training of truck drivers; 
  • Negligent hiring of truck drivers; and 
  • Failure to enforce mandatory breaks for drivers. 

These are just some of the most common causes of truck accidents, but a truck accident can occur due to a number of different reasons. 

Call Maine’s Top Rated Truck Accident Lawyer Today

If you were injured in a trucking accident, Mann Law can help you hold the at-fault parties responsible. At Mann Law, we will be with you every step of the way and help ensure that you get the most compensation possible for your injuries. 

At Mann Law, we work on a contingent basis, which means that you have to pay us only if we win your case. In addition, we offer free consultations to all our clients. To contact our office, you can reach out to us online or by phone at 207-560-8861

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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.