The trucking industry is highly regulated for good reason. The immense, fast-moving payloads pose an inherent risk to life and limb, and a single slip-up — a moment of distracted driving, for instance, or even one second lost to sleep because of truck driver fatigue — can have devastating consequences for innocent victims.
However, even when it’s clear that negligence on the part of a truck driver or trucking company has caused a person’s injuries, victims can run into difficulties in receiving much-needed compensation. Insurance companies do whatever is legally in their power to reduce or deny coverage to people who have suffered injuries. Make no mistake: the insurance industry is a for-profit industry, and the insurance adjuster who calls you is not on your side.
The insurance adjuster’s job is to ask questions and record information in such a way as to limit or even deny compensation to the person filing a claim. Too many people accept the first settlement offer from the insurance company, and consequently their medical treatment and other costs are not fully covered.
Before you accept a settlement, it is important to obtain an accurate assessment of your injuries, including the full cost of medical treatment, lost wages and other damages now and in the future.
While insurance companies can certainly pose obstacles to the full measure of compensation after an accident with only passenger vehicles, victims in semi-truck accidents face the legal and profit-driven resources of the insurance company and the trucking company. At the Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir, P.C., we negotiate for clients who have been injured in trucking accidents.
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