If you don’t ask, the answer is always “no”. So ask. Some people are better at this than others, but everyone can learn. If someone gives you a form contract to sign, and parts of it are offensive, ask to have them removed. They may say no . . . but they may say yes. It is like turning your turn signal on while driving on the highway: sometimes someone will let you in. Sometimes that isn’t enough, and you have take even more assertive steps; but the first step is to make the request.
One way this comes up a lot is when you get a form contract or are otherwise starting from the other party’s contract. It is especially true when the other party sends a PDF of the agreement, which is one of my personal pet peeves — the implied assumption being that you will have no need to edit it. Ask for a Word document, and make the changes you need in track-changes mode.
Laborghini “taxi” photo by Damian Morys, cc-by.