18 Wheeler Accident Tragedy
Jeff WeinsteinApril 16, 2012 10:02 PM
Whenever an accident occurs between an 18 wheeler and a car the possibility of horrible injuries or death exists. 18 wheelers and our need for them goes without saying. The drivers who are professionally trained and take their responsibilities seriously are a true credit to their profession. The long story short is that there will be accidents involving 18 wheelers and others - that's part of life.
When the accidents happen, shouldn't we determine the facts and those that are responsible pay for the damages caused?
Our society allows for someone injured by the acts of another to make a claim for monetary damages. I hope everyone agrees this is much better than people challenging one another to a gun duel to claim relief for the loss or injury to a loved one. If you think there is a better way to compensate someone for their injuries, I would certainly be interested in hearing your ideas.
What is interesting is that we all know there is insurance to cover payments for injuries, death and property damage. What's sad is that in Texas jurors are not allowed to know about insurance because it might influence the amount of any judgment. Why do we play hide the ball with the insurance information? To me, it's like leading kids on about Santa Claus. Who is going to pay for the injuries and where the money comes from seems like something we can trust with people we trust enough to make decisions about who is responsible for the collision and how much someone should be awarded for their injuries.
I read recently where an 18 wheeler tractor trailer ran into a dune buggy. The collision caused a death. People responding to the news account immediately blamed the truck driver. Obviously, blaming anyone shouldn't happen until all the facts are known. Even once we know the facts, blame is something that we do unfortunately so we can ask an insurance company to step into the shoes of the person who is found to be responsible.
I have been handling these type of claims for 25 years. Most of my clients only want what is fair. I know some people will read this and say right but that's the truth. Don't you think it's time for all of us to say that insurance should pay what is fairly owed instead of acting like it isn't there?
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Jeff Weinstein, Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer