Despite changes in the industry and increased oversight from the government, deaths related to trucking accidents have been on the rise. 2019 was the fourth year in a row that fatalities related to truck accidents have increased.
But trucking companies and their insurers aren’t willing to accept the blame for the increased problems. The American Trucking Association (ATA) has basically stated that they believe that the majority of crashes involving large trucks are caused by other people on the road. As they seek to distance themselves from liability and reduce their costs, victims of these accidents may find it harder to get fair settlements.
Here are some of the dirty tricks that you may experience when trying to deal with a truck accident claim:
The adjuster may try to get you to make a recorded statement.
If the insurance adjuster calls shortly after your accident to find out how you’re doing, this isn’t an altruistic act. They’re hoping to get you on record saying something that can damage your case. They know that in the immediate aftermath of a serious accident, you may be confused and unsure what happened — and they hope to capitalize on it.
The evidence involved in the accident can disappear.
Trucking logs (which can prove a driver was fatigued) may suddenly vanish, a drug or alcohol test can be misplaced and entire vehicles can be destroyed and turned into scrap. All of those are ways that evidence of fault can vanish.
Your claim is delayed until the delay proves fatal.
Some insurance companies lead victims along, knowing full well that they intend to drag out the process until the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit has passed. That puts an end to your claim altogether.
If you’ve been in a truck-related accident or your loved one was killed in one, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the insurance company or trucking company will play fair. Find out how you can assert your legal rights and protect your claim from the very start.