TRUCK INSURERS ARE SOME OF THE STINGIEST OUT THERE
Once I had a client who was traveling in the far right lane. A big rig merged into her car without looking, causing her serious injuries. The Claims Adjuster for the big rig insurer stated that the accident couldn’t have caused her back injuries — she must have gotten them doing “hard labor when she was living in Colombia”. Eventually we got the client what she deserved, but that is a snapshot into the mentality of insurance companies for big rigs.
It is very important to have an experienced personal injury attorney if you were involved in an accident with a big rig. They will try to shirk responsibility, pushing the blame on your for an accident that was clearly the trucker’s fault. A total of 4,102 people died in large truck crashes in 2017. Seventeen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 68 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 14 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 30 percent higher in 2017 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975.
Thirty-one percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes with a large truck in 2017 were in vehicles struck head-on by the truck and another 25 percent were in vehicles that were side-struck. Twenty-two percent involved the front of the passenger vehicle striking the rear of the large truck.
If you have been injured in an accident with a semi-truck or bus, you have rights. Insurance carriers for trucks and buses are notoriously stingy. We can help get what you deserve.