At some point in your driving life, you may need the services of a tow truck. Tow trucks will help pull your vehicle when it stalls or transport it to your home or a repair shop.
Despite their benefits, tow trucks pose a hazard to other road users just like any other vehicle.
An accident with a tow truck may be the result of the tow truck driver’s negligence, or the sheer size of a tow truck may obscure your visibility, making it difficult for you to navigate safely. If you were injured in an accident involving a tow truck, you can seek compensation. Our Anderson tow truck lawyer can help. Reach out to Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. through (317) 636-7777 for a free consultation.
Damages You Can Recover After a Tow Truck Accident
Because a tow truck is significantly heavier than a passenger car — especially when it is loaded with equipment or pulling another vehicle — colliding with one can leave you with serious injuries.
You deserve to seek reimbursement for the resulting losses you’ve endured from the crash. Recoverable damages can include medical care from the date of the collision until you reach maximum medical improvement. In addition to current and future medical care, you can recover:
- Current and future lost wages and income
- Pain and suffering throughout your recovery
- Property damages or total destruction
- Diminished property value
- Ongoing mental and emotional distress
- Physical disability or disfigurement
If a loved one was fatally injured in, or as the result of, a tow truck accident in Anderson, we can help your family collect wrongful death damages. These damages include the items listed above, as well as compensation for the costs of making your loved one’s final arrangements.
Do Not Wait to Start Building Your Case for Compensation
When you trust us to lead your fight for compensation, we start taking action immediately for two important reasons — to give us time to investigate and to ensure we meet the state’s filing deadline. Here is why each of those is important to your case:
- A thorough investigation will take time and help us collect evidence, locate and interview witnesses, and canvass the accident scene and surrounding area for photos and videos. It also gives us time to locate the tow truck’s maintenance records and logbooks.
- Early intervention lets us meet Indiana’s personal injury statute of limitations, which generally gives you two years to file your lawsuit, according to IC § 34-11-2-4.
A discount law firm will not handle your case as aptly as we will, because personal injury is all we do. From the beginning of your case until its resolution, we never stop fighting for the compensation you are entitled to collect.
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We work hard to hold negligent drivers responsible for their actions and never stop working for the injured clients we represent.
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Types of Tow Truck Accidents
Tow trucks are large, heavy vehicles with machinery and mechanical parts often hanging from them. Handling them efficiently requires skill and training. If the operator lacks adequate skill, the risk of causing accidents with the tow truck is significant.
Not all accidents involving tow trucks result from the operator’s actions or lack of action. Additional causes can include improperly maintained vehicles and parts and equipment failure. Types of accidents involving tow trucks include:
- Tire blowout
- Wide turns
- Lost load
- Head-on collisions
Jackknifing occurs when a tow truck folds itself. The cab forms a 90-degree angle with the trailer. This usually happens when the driver tries to brake quickly and hard. At high speeds, braking quickly can lead to a truck rollover. When a truck rolls over, especially on its side, other motorists are at risk of sustaining serious or even fatal injuries.
Tire blowouts occur unexpectedly. When the tow truck is moving at high speed, such unexpected bursts can be hazardous. They will make the driver lose control and skid or roll over on the road. If the truck rolls over, there is the risk of losing the load, which can lead to multiple extreme accidents with other motorists.
T-Bone and Head-On Collisions
A T-bone accident describes an accident where the tow truck collides into the broad side of another car. This is normally the case when the tow truck driver decides to ignore the red light at an intersection. Head-on collisions involve accidents where the tow truck and on-coming traffic collide directly. These can be fatal.
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Causes of Tow Truck Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), some causes of these accidents are:
- Driver negligence
- Mechanical problems
- Poor road conditions
- Bad weather
Driver negligence arises when they breach their duty of care. Drivers should ensure that when they perform their duty, they do so in a manner that is not likely to harm other road users. One form of negligence is driving while drunk.
Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that about 29 people die every day because of drunken driving in the U.S. A driver who knowingly drives a tow truck under the influence is culpable for breaching their duty of care.
When Driver Negligence Isn’t the Reason for the Tow Truck Crash
Drivers are not entirely to blame for all accidents. Sometimes accidents occur because of mechanical failure by the tow truck. At other times, the poor condition of a road may destabilize a tow truck, making it lose control. Bad weather can also limit the visibility of tow trucks. The fact that tow trucks have many blind spots makes it easier for drivers to commit an accident under poor visibility conditions.
An Anderson tow truck accident lawyer at our firm can help determine who is liable if you or a member of your family sustained injuries from a tow truck accident.
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Determining Liability in a Tow Truck Accident
Proving fault and causation in personal injury law is critical. You will only get compensation if you prove the tow truck driver or the tow company was at fault. If a tow truck driver injures you in an accident, the possible parties who may be liable are the tow truck driver, tow truck company, and the insurance firm for the tow truck driver or the tow company.
An Anderson tow truck accident lawyer with our firm can help establish liability. In accidents, tow truck companies and drivers are likely to be liable if:
- The accident was due to speeding by the tow truck driver.
- An investigation reveals that the truck caused an accident because of maintenance issues.
- The accident happened because the truck was loaded beyond its recommended limit.
- The accident occurred because the driver did not have adequate training to handle tow trucks.
- The driver was under the influence of drugs at the time when the accident occurred.
- The driver did not yield when entering an intersection.
All accidents are unique. If you or your family members believe you are not at fault, seek legal services immediately. A lawyer at our firm can help you investigate, gather evidence, and prepare a strong case for compensation.
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Consider Hiring an Anderson Tow Truck Lawyer at Our Firm Today
Tow trucks are undoubtedly essential services when our vehicles encounter mechanical problems on the road; however, tow trucks can also cause accidents to other road users. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident with a tow truck, we can help you get compensation.
Call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. at (317) 636-7777 for a free assessment of your case.