Car accidents of any type can be serious or deadly. However, these risks of danger are heightened when a tow truck is involved. Tow truck accidents are so dangerous due to the size and weight of these vehicles. Furthermore, tow truck drivers must adhere to a higher level of safety due to the fact that they are hauling another vehicle. Improper maintenance, negligent driving, or a faulty tow truck can lead to serious and deadly consequences for surrounding vehicles.
Our tow truck accident attorney are skilled at handling personal injury cases. Insurance companies will take advantage of individuals who have suffered after an accident, and it is our job to make sure you receive the maximum level of compensation for your damages. Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group for to speak immediately to a lawyer about your case.
Unlike other vehicles, tow trucks pose a far greater risk of safety for a variety of reasons. Tow truck companies should understand the many different ways that an accident can occur, but often times fail to follow safety procedures. Below are some of the more common types of car accidents from tow trucks.
The vehicle being towed disconnects from the tow truck
A car that is strapped to a tow truck should be firmly strapped. However, sometimes the tow cables can break loose, or the car can fall off the bed of a truck. Cars driving directly behind the tow truck only have mere seconds to respond to a detached vehicle. Sometimes, an accident occurs directly with the detached vehicle, and sometimes a car accident can occur from a drivers attempt to avoid the tow truck and the car being towed.
Tow Truck Causes a Car Accident
Car accident can occur with tow trucks just as commonly as they do with other vehicles. They may be as a result of the tow truck driver’s failure to pay attention to the road, making an illegal lane change, or driving at an unsafe speed. However, tow truck accidents are more devastating because they are bigger and heavier than your average motor vehicle. That is why we have witnessed some of the most severe types of injuries, including brain damage and spinal cord injuries, from tow trucks.
Failure to See Tow Truck’s Brake Lights
Brake lights are essential on the road. They signal to following driver’s that they need to stop and when to slow down. Tow trucks have a duty to make sure that their brake lights are clearly visible and unobstructed. They must also make sure that the lights are functioning properly.
Tow truck drivers and tow trucking companies must ensure that their trucks are safe at all times. This includes making sure that all cable and attachment mechanisms are safe and secure. This includes testing the brakes and all brake lights. A broken or malfunctioning tow truck, no matter how small the problem should never be on the road.
Tow truck accident cases can be complex, more so than other personal injury cases. Frequently, we find that more than one party is responsible for your damages. For example, a manufacturer may be at fault for selling a defective mechanism, or the tow truck company will almost always be part of the lawsuit. It is our job to make sure you receive the level of compensation you deserve, and to make the process as simple and painless as possible. Call our tow truck accident attorney to schedule a free case evaluation of your case and allow us to protect your rights.