Truck accidents tend to cause extensive—and oftentimes catastrophic—damage. In fact, it’s not uncommon for victims to incur tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost income, property repairs, and other unexpected costs. Unfortunately, insurers use all kinds of strategies to deny or at least devalue such claims. One of the most common defenses asserted by insurance companies is to argue that the claimant has failed to mitigate their damages.
Defendants in these cases are only responsible for covering the losses for which they are liable. If a claimant’s own negligence exacerbates their injuries and increases their damages, the insurance company might refuse to pay for 100 percent of their losses.
If you were hurt in a large truck crash, here are a few steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of facing a dispute over the mitigation of damages: