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Fight Over Vancouver Truck Accident Hints at Much Bigger Problem

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Mar 17, 2013

A Vancouver mail truck recently crashed into the Coquihalla River, damaging dozens of letters, and setting off a legal brouhaha over liability. According to local reports, a Canada Post truck nearly lost 6,000 pounds of letters into "the drink."

The postal service needed to act fast to save the drowning mail. At first, the government reached out to a local heavy equipment recovery company, Jamie Davis Motor Truck.

Davis asked for $20,000. The Post balked. Getting the trailer out of the river was complicated business, argued Davis, but his pleas for better compensation were ignored.

After Davis walked away from negotiations, the government approached to two other firms—both of which turned down the assignment. Finally, the Post connected with a local outfit, Coquitlam Towing, which agreed to do the job for just $5,000. Davis said his competitors were uninsured. Nonetheless, Coquitlam Towing did manage to drag the trailer out of the muck and save most of the mail.

Who Cares?

This squabble is not particularly noteworthy. Fortunately, the accident did not involve fatalities or even serious injuries. Even most of the mail was successfully recovered!

So why are we talking about this case? Because it comprises the tip of a much bigger iceberg.

In all big truck accident cases, potentially liable parties often go to tremendous lengths to avoid being dinged for damages. In this situation, look at what the Canada Post allegedly did to save money—they hired contractors who may not have had proper insurance, if Davis' account is to be believed.

Unfortunately, while insurers and other liable parties dither and delay over payment, victims often wrack up serious costs. If you got hurt in a truck accident, for instance, you may have already had to pay out of pocket for expenses like emergency surgery, hospitalization, and lost work time.

Ultimately, you may get compensation. Until then, however, you have to deal with your cash flow problem on top of your injuries.

Defend your rights and ensure a fair outcome. Get the facts by downloading our free report entitled The Inside Secrets the ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know! or call a Vancouver truck crash attorney on the McComb Witten team at 604.255.9018 to arrange a free evaluation of your truck accident case.

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