$1M cap sought in Pennsylvania Turnpi...

$1M cap sought in Pennsylvania Turnpike leak

There are 8 comments on the PittsburghLive.com story from Dec 12, 2011, titled $1M cap sought in Pennsylvania Turnpike leak. In it, PittsburghLive.com reports that:

Tony LaRussa is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer and can be reached at 412-320-7987 or via e-mail. Like most fathers, Tony Albrecht was more concerned about how his daughter Anna was doing than with the condition of her car when he learned she was among the hundreds of motorists driving behind a tanker truck leaking asphalt on the ... (more)

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Trucker

United States

#1 Dec 13, 2011
If I did this much damage to so many people I would want a cap as well. I don't think so.......let them pay the ENTIRE bill!!

Since: Oct 11

Dover, DE

#2 Dec 29, 2011
No cap.......Make them pay!
Just Saying

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Dec 31, 2011
Obviously, the "typical amounts" of liability coverage the trucking association guy quoted are NOT adequate. Sometimes those "market forces" the business types talk of realy don't render what most of us would consider is fair compensation for those injured by business operations.

But fer gawd's sake, buck up (and pay up) people; requiring higher, more realistic limits of insurance, why, that'd be a "tax" on job creators, you liberal whiners!
intheknow

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Jan 3, 2012
If you make them pay more, the company will have to pay a much higher premium no matter what company they're insured through, which cause them to have to raise their rates and possibly putting them out of business. Insurance for a tractor trailer is about a grand a month on average, so when you have a few trucks, the cost is really high. The tractor and trailer have to be insured separately.

Just telling them to pay up isn't going to make them do it. The tar can be removed, even from the tires, with the correct solvent and some heat...
you are NOT intheknow

Tarentum, PA

#5 Jan 3, 2012
intheknow wrote:
If you make them pay more, the company will have to pay a much higher premium no matter what company they're insured through, which cause them to have to raise their rates and possibly putting them out of business. Insurance for a tractor trailer is about a grand a month on average, so when you have a few trucks, the cost is really high. The tractor and trailer have to be insured separately.
Just telling them to pay up isn't going to make them do it. The tar can be removed, even from the tires, with the correct solvent and some heat...
Not really; "experience ratings," i.e., number of claims and their severity, vary by company, and have a significant impact on rates. Those that can't operate safely will have the far greater difficulty securing insurance at reasonable rates, and that's as it should be. Hazardous materials limits are five times as high, and insurance is still accessible. I love "capitalists" that want to "privatize" profits, but insist on "socializing" failure!
intheknow

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 Jan 4, 2012
And how long have you insured YOUR tractor trailer for? I slid off of a road due to black ice, repairs weren't bad, no damage to cargo. Just to winch me out they charged me $750, then came about $2k in repairs. And then my insurance, for the only accident I was ever involved in, went from $925 a month to $1,620 a month which is almost what my truck payment was.

So I was going to be paying an extra $8,300 a year for insurance for the next 5 years on an accident that the claim amount was less than $2,000. I paid the winch out myself as I didn't have a company to pay it for me.

It worked, I quit being an owner operator. After the truck payment, insurance, fuel, fluids, and upkeep I was bringing home about $150 a week. It's hell cooking Ramen noodles in a 12 volt coffee pot and raviolis next to the turbocharger...
you are NOT intheknow

Tarentum, PA

#7 Jan 4, 2012
And do you beleive you're making any kind of a point with this unverifiable, purely anecdotal story?
intheknow

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Jan 9, 2012
Exactly, you have no idea what you're talking about and have no experience, so you're just going to dismiss the person that has the knowledge and experience because your small mind cannot fathom the possibility that you're wrong.

Commercial vehicle insurance is a whole different world than 15 minutes on the phone with Geico. When your license says CDL, you're a Professional Driver, which puts you at fault nearly every single time.

When you weight 40 tons and you're over 70 feet long, you have a much higher risk of killing someone. Not including hundreds of thousands of dollars you're carrying that could be lost in an accident.

A 5,000 gallon tanker truck crashes and catches on fire, that insurance company has to pay to replace the fuel, the truck, the trailer, pay for the clean up and disposal, and any repairs needed to the road or guard rails.

It's ok to not know something, it just means you don't know. But not knowing and thinking you know just makes you look stupid. Being proven wrong and just dismissing it because you weren't there just shows that you're a fool. I've driven over a million miles, the incident above is the only insurance claim I've ever had, how about you?

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