There are approximately 15 million car accidents in the United States each year, and nearly all of them require the assistance of a tow truck. Unfortunately, while their job is to help in the aftermath of an accident or breakdown, tow trucks themselves are sometimes involved in collisions.
Car accidents commonly result in costly property damage and serious personal injuries, but the extent of those damages depends on a number of different factors, including the severity of the accident impact. When a larger vehicle, such as a tow truck, is involved in an accident, the impact will be greater.
Since damages from car accidents involving tow trucks tend to be severe, we recommend that Austin, TX accident victims seek legal representation from the experienced attorneys at Luke Dow. Our attorneys will fight to help our clients receive maximum compensation for all eligible accident damages.
Causes of Tow Truck Accidents
As with any other car accident, the cause of a tow truck accident will vary from case to case. Determining the cause of a tow truck accident is important because it allows our attorneys to determine who should be held responsible for accident damages.
We will work with experts in the field to gather the evidence necessary to pinpoint the cause of a tow truck accident and build a case of liability. Some of the most common causes of car accidents involving tow trucks include:
- Driver error: Driver error contributes to many car accidents involving tow trucks. This may include speeding, failing to use a turn signal, texting while driving, or making any other unsafe driving maneuvers.
- Improper vehicle maintenance: Tow trucks should be inspected and serviced regularly. It is up to the tow truck driver and towing company to ensure that all of a tow truck’s parts are in working order before taking the truck out on the road. If a vehicle malfunction is not taken care of, it can lead to a car accident.
- Failure to see brake lights: Many rear-end car accidents involving tow trucks are caused by a failure to see brake lights. If a trailing vehicle is unable to see that the tow truck is stopping (either because the brake lights are not hooked up properly or they are obstructed), the tow truck driver or trucking company may be liable for the accident.
- Disconnected vehicle: Tow trucks deliver disabled vehicles from one location to another. If a vehicle is not strapped up properly or if tow lines break, the vehicle can become disconnected, and become a threat to other cars on the road. A disconnected vehicle may be linked to driver error, improper maintenance, or faulty equipment.
Experienced car accident attorneys are always beneficial when seeking compensation after a car crash. However, attorneys are especially helpful when there are multiple potential avenues of compensation, as is the case with a car accident involving a tow truck.
Our attorneys will carefully examine the details of each case so that we can seek compensation from all liable parties. We want our clients to be justly rewarded for the full extent of their losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a car accident involving a tow truck and would like to learn more about your legal right to financial compensation, contact us at your earliest convenience. Call (512) 480-9502 to discuss the details of your case with one of the experienced car accident attorneys at Luke Dow.