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Is the trucking industry lobbying for license to crash?

Sometimes an accident is just an accident — but sometimes it is something more. In the case of fatalities or severe injuries during truck accidents, you probably want to make sure exactly who is responsible.

Unfortunately, this is not a simple question. When it comes down to your life versus someone else’s livelihood, the decision should be easy — but that is not always the case.

An uphill battle

If you file a wrongful death or injury claim, few trucking companies or insurers would be willing to step up to take full responsibility. In fact, according to CNBC, the industry as a whole is actively lobbying at multiple levels of government to cap financial recovery and limit your options for filing lawsuits.

Lobbying is not cheap, as you might know. Perhaps that money could find better use in disbursement to accident victims?

A dubious complaint

The arguments coming from businesses could very easily seem insulting to you. For example, the CNBC article quotes an insurance company that cites litigation financing as a reason for higher jury rewards.

This would imply that plaintiffs can get larger rewards because they can hire legal teams that stand up to big business. In other words, they are leveling the playing field.

A dangerous business

It is hard to feel sympathy for an industry that seems to be in more crashes every year. It is hard to understand why businesses that kill people or contribute significantly to their deaths should receive special legal protections. The arguments for the trucking companies seem all too similar to those of the insurance companies — it is all about the bottom line.

For families like yours who these crashes decimate, there is much more at stake than just money. Despite the aggressive lobbying of insurers and logistics companies, juries are still seeing that truth.