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Todd Dills

Citizen to accident lawyers: Lighten up on anti-truck ads

| September 28, 2011

“How many times a day do you hear on TV ads from lawyers making statements such as, ‘big trucks can cause serious injuries?'” So asked a reader, Bill Hughes, of the Tennessean newspaper, based in my home base of Nashville. I know the folks he’s talking about, of course, as I’m sure do you in whatever television market you happen to be.

Despite the real message such ads deliver — that truckers and trucking companies can unfortunately be easy legal targets — Hughes’ letter takes issue with the tarring and feathering the ads give the industry driver community in total by implication. “Truck drivers are by far the safest drivers on the highways, doing a job that all Americans depend on,” he notes. “I think it’s high time that these lawyers lighten up on their ads involving the truckers.”

High time somebody said as much, if you ask me.

If only the ads contained “victim” testimony, notes one commenter on the letter, calling herself “Witch_Doctor”: “… Due to an accident I was involved in, I received $666,000, and my attorney, Mr. A., received his cut of $333,000 for his/her 85 hours of work, most done by his secretary, while not suffering one ounce of pain.”

Read — and comment on — Hughes full letter.