Trucking companies are required to purchase liability insurance in case a driver in their employ causes a collision. The minimum amount of liability insurance that a trucking company must purchase is $750,000 for interstate general freight motor carriers. For hazardous-material haulers, the minimum is between $1 million and $5 million. While this may seem like a lot of money, truck accidents can cause permanent injuries and deaths to drivers in Denver, Steamboat Springs, Greenwood Village and surrounding areas. Financial recovery options for truck accident victims

A truck accident lawyer knows damages from a serious injury or fatality can quickly exceed the minimum amount of insurance coverage that a commercial trucking company is required to purchase. These minimum limits have not been adjusted since 1985 and have not nearly kept pace with inflation and rising costs.

Finally, however, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering changing the minimum limits. Although the FMCSA has launched rulemaking related to raising minimum insurance requirements, an actual change to regulations is far from guaranteed. The FMCSA is asking for public comments and any new requirements will not be passed and or go into effect in the foreseeable future.

Could Trucking Companies Be Required to Buy More Insurance

The FMCSA’s  proposed rulemaking does not actually propose new minimum levels of insurance coverage that truckers would need to buy. Instead, the FMCSA has asked for responses to 26 different questions related to insurance premium rates; the insufficiency of current information on the minimum coverage requirements; and the impact of increasing minimum coverage.

The FMCSA is acting because the agency believes that the current limits do not adequately cover the costs of “severe and critical injuries that are common in catastrophic truck crashes.” The Trucking Alliance conducted a study about claim settlements in 9,000 different accidents and discovered that around 42 percent of the settlements were above the current $750,000 threshold. This supports the FMCSA data.

As the JOC Group, Inc. indicates, the current insurance minimums have also not kept place with inflation. Between 1985 and 2013, the consumer price index rose an 2.8 percent on average. Meanwhile, the insurance minimum coverage limits have not moved upwards at all.

Since the potential damages are so high, 83 percent of trucking insurance policies are already written to provide for more than minimum coverage. This means many companies won’t even be affected by a change. However, until the FMCSA alters the coverage rules, not all trucking companies will be responsible enough to buy more than the bare minimum. When a victim is involved with a trucking company that has chosen to do the minimum and is thus effectively underinsured, this victim may have added challenges being fully compensated for losses.

The FMCSA, which is part of the Department of Transportation, is also considering establishing insurance requirements for freight forwards and freight brokers as well as modifying rules regarding self insurance and governing trip insurance.

Victims of truck collisions will benefit if increases in minimum coverage limits go through, as there will no longer be concern about whether enough money is available to provide full compensation for loss.

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CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
Outcome: $1,600,000

CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
Outcome: $2,300,000

CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between brain scan and neuropsychological test results.
Outcome: $950,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a dump truck, was then knocked forward and hit another vehicle. Client had a concussion with traumatic brain injury. Client underwent a brain scan which showed hypoperfusion, correlated with her concussion symptoms. Client suffered neck injuries and injuries to her low back.
Outcome: $650,000

CASE: Client was rear-ended. The mechanism of injury from the forces in the collision caused her neck injury and at the same time, damaged her organs inside her throat. Client had swallowing and choking issues.
Outcome: $1,250,000

CASE: Client was in a motor vehicle accident. Both injections in the neck rendered some temporary relief. The Injections were transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Surgery was recommended on the lumbar (low back). The low back was injured by the forces in the collisions.
Outcome: $933,000

CASE: The client was driving in her car and was rear-ended thereby causing injuries to her lower back and neck. Client also suffered a concussion. Client had to undergo facet injections multiple times, through multiple procedures. Client also had cognitive issues which required cognitive training and therapy.
Outcome: $400,000

CASE: Client was entering a highway from an on ramp and was rear-ended by a commercial van. Client tested positive for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and failed conservative treatment. Client underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgey, which involved removal of the first rib to attempt to relieve pressure in the thoracic outlet. Client also suffered a back injury.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver, who crossed the center line of the road. Client underwent multiple surgeries and could not work. Client was late 40s and needed a modified life care plan.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a tow truck driver who was a diabetic. The diabetic at fault party was a non-compliant diabetic and claimed he had a syncope episode, and was “blacked out”. Client had a preexisting back condition known and the forces from the collision aggravated, or made worse, the preexisting back condition in addition to, causing neck injuries.
Outcome: $350,000

CASE: Client was a passenger in a car where the driver fell asleep on a country road in the early morning hours. The car rolled multiple times. Client had eye injuries, facial injuries and neck and knee injuries.
Outcome: $850,000

CASE: Client was on the job, driving her own car, when she was rear-ended. She suffered a concussion with traumatic brain injury and pursued Workers Compensation Claim.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice in Central City. He suffered back injuries, that did not require injections.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice on a sidewalk in front of a business. She had to have knee surgery and multiple injections in her back.
Outcome: $175,000

CASE: Client was visiting a friend who was renting a house. Client tripped on untreated, dangerous section of deck and injured his back.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE:Client was rear ended and needed fusion spinal surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE:Client was rear-ended and had to have rotator cuff surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Settled for $65,000

CASE:Client was at Denver International Aiport traveling through Denver, slipped and fell and broke her ankle.
Settled for $118,750

CASE:Client was exposed to mold in a multi-family dwelling that was caused by leaking water.
Settled for $125,000

CASE:Motorcycle accident, reconstructive surgery, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurological injuries
Settled for $1,275,000

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