Tow Truck Accident Due to Negligence
Tow truck accidents are frequent causes of serious injuries. The experienced attorneys at Isaacs & Isaacs understand the trauma of your accident and are waiting to fight for your right to compensation as we have for other clients across the U.S.A., winning over $700 million in personal injury settlements.
Call Isaacs & Isaacs at 800-800-8888 immediately to schedule your free consultation. We understand this type of accident is often due to driver negligence and will investigate every aspect to prove fault and get the settlement you need. Timeliness is important and will help avoid pitfalls such as:
- Missing the deadline to file
- Lost evidence
- Loss of witnesses to the accident
- Types of Tow Trucks
Tow trucks come in different types, including:
- Hook and chain
- Boom winch
- Wheel lift
The hook and chain type is what people think of as a traditional tow truck and is commonly used when hauling a totaled vehicle. A flatbed tow truck uses a winch and tilting capability of the flatbed to haul the vehicle up. The boom winch is used to haul vehicles up onto the road when they have exited the road during an accident, and the wheel lift uses a metal frame to lift the vehicle, causing less damage than the hook and chain system.
How Do Tow Truck Accidents Occur?
Whenever one vehicle is towing another, there can be a risk of an accident. Pulling too heavy a load, breaking of a chain or other equipment that secures the vehicle and negligence on the part of the tow truck operator can all contribute to accidents.
Negligence can occur when the tow truck operator is impaired, poorly trained or inexperienced or when fatigue is an issue. Drivers and companies that employ them can be held liable in a tow truck accident.
Tow Truck Crashes Can Be Caused By Improper Loading
Even experienced tow truck drivers can cause accidents, due to the difficulty of maneuvering a large truck that is towing another vehicle, and the size of a tow truck can make vision from the cab difficult. Tow trucks weigh an average of 10,000 pounds, which can make it more difficult for the vehicle to stop and take a longer distance to do so because of the momentum. In addition, when towing a vehicle, the truck can swing wide to make a turn or take a curve, which can make them cross the centerline.
Adverse road conditions and lack of brake maintenance can cause jackknifing and a rollover. Lack of caution, training and maintenance when driving can show negligence. Our tow truck attorneys understand what is needed for a truck to operate safety and work hard to get compensation for your injuries.
A Tow Truck Company Has a Responsibility to Train Drivers
Those who are self-employed tow truck owners, as well as companies that operate tow trucks, have the responsibility to adequately train on how to properly maintain and drive tow trucks and use safety standards to avoid accidents. If a tow truck owner or company fails to enforce the proper handling and care of a tow truck, the owner or employer can be liable for injuries and damages caused by an accident.
An individual who has been injured due to the fault of a tow truck operator may suffer severe injuries such as brain trauma, back and neck injuries, internal injuries and broken bones. This can lead to high medical bills, lost wages and a long period of recuperation. Why bear the expenses yourself? The law office of Isaacs & Isaacs has attorneys who can get you the damages you deserve.