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Tow Truck Accidents

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 By

Tow Truck Accidents

All of us have seen tow trucks out on the road speeding with their hazard lights flashing as they race towards the scene of an accident at excessive speeds, and this is partly because the overall business model for tow truck drivers derives around being first to an accident scene. This inherently encourages tow truck drivers to drive recklessly.

There are many rules and regulations set up to keep people safe from tow trucks in traffic jams and everywhere else, but as we all know very well these rules aren’t always followed properly.

At DuBoff & Associates we are committed to helping those who have been involved with a tow truck crash, and we are always aggressive in terms of our pursuit towards obtaining client compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and many other types of damages that victims and their passengers incur because of a tow truck driver’s negligence out on the road.

Common Causes of Tow Truck Accidents

Tow trucks are always very large and heavy, which is why these types of crashes tend to be so devastating.

Tow truck accidents happen for a whole array of reasons, and these can include general accident causes as well as tow truck-specific rule-breaking. The following are some of the more common causes of tow truck wrecks:

  • A tow truck driver speeding or driving recklessly to be first at the scene of an accident
  • A tow truck parking in an unsafe place that impedes traffic in any way
  • A tow truck driver’s failure to utilize proper warning signs
  • Any type of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • A tow truck driver’s failure to properly secure what they’re towing
  • Any type of tow truck equipment failure
  • Common causes of all accidents like unsafe lane changes, not checking blind spots, etc.

What to Do After a Tow Truck Accident

There’s no denying just how scary it is to be involved in an accident with a tow truck, and that’s why it can be easy to forget very important steps that ought to be done in the moments after these terrifying scenarios. You should always try to remain as calm as possible, and after calming yourself down assess the following:

  • Take any injuries into account
  • Move out of traffic lanes, if possible
  • Call 911 in order to report the accident and request police assistance, as well as ambulance assistance if necessary
  • Get any eyewitness information you can get
  • Take photos of the vehicles and the overall scene of the accident (if it’s safe to do so)
  • Make sure to get the tow truck driver’s permit holder’s name, permit holder’s phone number, permit holder’s city and state, and the tow truck’s permit number.

You can then obtain an accident report number once the police have come to the scene of the accident and conducted their investigation, and after you’ve successfully attended to your medical needs and feel more stable you should then contact a tow truck accident lawyer in order to get your free initial consultation.

Who is Liable for Tow Truck Accidents?

For the most part, tow truck drivers are named in a lawsuit when their own negligence was the overall cause of the crash, but the driver’s employer can also be a defendant within certain cases due to the respondent superior maxim. This essentially means that an employer under some circumstances may be held accountable for an employee’s on-the-job actions.

Speak to a Tow Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you or your passengers were injured during any kind of collision that was caused by a tow truck driver, then you need to talk to a tow truck accident legal specialist that you can fully trust.

DuBoff & Associates is a family-owned Maryland, Virginia and D.C. personal injury firm that’s been in the industry for over 30 years, and throughout our history we have accrued an impeccable track record that has helped us establish lifelong relationships with clients and local communities.

Contact us today online or at 301.495.3131 to arrange a good time to come in for your free consultation regarding your case.

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